Satan is as content to get people to go to hell from a church pew as from a barroom or a brothel. In fact, those who live a sinful life and know they’re on their way to hell are easier to reach than those who live a self-righteous life and think they’re on their way to heaven. Our Lord was talking to the self-righteous, religious crowd when He said, “Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you.” (Matt.21:31 NASB95)
You see, if I have obvious symptoms of sickness, I am more likely go to the doctor. One of the things that makes cancer such a killer is that one may think he or she is healthy, when a malignancy is growing within. Self-righteousness is that kind of spiritual cancer. Sin works insidiously in our soul while externally we appear healthy.
But God has a spiritual x-ray machine called the Bible that exposes what we are on the inside. If we will submit to it, self-righteousness will be exposed. There is no excuse for not coming to Christ for the cure. Paul wrote, “Therefore you are inexcusable, O man…” (Romans 2:1a).