People who oppose the gospel do not have good intentions. Their intentions, in fact, are evil because they come out of an evil heart (Prov. 27:19; Mark 7:14-23; Titus 1:15). Their “intentions” oppose the only way that we can obtain salvation, namely through Jesus.
How do non-believers oppose the only true way of salvation? They do it through self-righteous asceticism by abstaining from foods, drink, or other things (Col. 2:21-23; 1 Tim. 4:1-4; Titus 1:10-16). Or they do it through self-righteous relativism by doing whatever they want (Rom. 1:21-25; 1 Cor. 6:9-11). Likewise, Christians can fall into these sinful traps, too. For the Christian’s heart is new, not perfect.
We are sinners, not because we have good intentions and fail to bring them to fruition, but because we are bad from the heart (Mark 7:20-23; Rom. 7:18). By nature and choice, we worship created things rather than Creator God (Rom. 1:25). The only remedy for this is Christ’s righteousness, which makes even our best deeds look like filthy rags (Isa. 64:6). Non-Christians need to repent to Jesus from their self-righteous ways and come to him for salvation. Likewise, we Christians need to repent to Jesus from our own self-righteousness and press on to become what we already are in Christ.
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