“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness” (Isaiah 5:20).
As the church we need to recapture the idea of what is good. While Jesus would even ask, “Why do you call Me good” (Lk. 18:19)? and state that no one is good but God alone, we seem quick to say of anyone and everyone, regardless of the life they are living, “Yes, but they’re a good person.” If all are good then the message of the church is neutralized, repentance unnecessary, and evangelism unneeded. Goodness is not a natural default quality that can be ascribed to everyone. It is a fruit of the Spirit brought about by the conversion of new birth in Christ Jesus.