There are two kinds of people that consider Christ as their savior; first there are the ones that think that they are too bad to be saved. Once they understand grace and mercy is available because of Christ’s work on the cross, they will sometimes accept saving grace.
Then there is the person like this man in the quote below. They almost never accept Christ as a savior, it is because they see themselves as good sinners. They know that they are sinners, but they have done a good enough job of running their life up to now, why turn it over to another.
“Are you saved, sir?” we asked a gentleman, at the close of a gospel-meeting.
“No, I really can’t say I am, but I would like to be.”
“Why would you? Do you realize you are a lost sinner?”
“Oh, of course we are all sinners.”
“Ah! But that often means little or nothing. Are you a sinner yourself?”
“Well I suppose I am, but I’m not what you could call a bad sinner. I am, I think, rather a good one; I always try to do the best I know.”
“Then, my friend, I fear there is little use seeking to show you the way of salvation. Good sinners, together with honest liars, upright thieves, and virtuous scoundrels are far from being ready to submit to the grace of God, which is only for poor, vile, hell-deserving sinners, who have no merits to build on, no goodness to plead, but who are ready to be saved alone by the work of Another, and that One the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Further conversation but elicited the fact that the gentleman, far from being ready to be saved like that, would, according to his own declaration, rather take “his chances” as he was.
 Ironside, H. A. (2009). A Good Sinner. In . Vol. 11: Pamphlets and Short Works by H.A. Ironside (1–3). Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers.
Published on Thursday, November 18, 2010 @ 5:56 AM CDT