Jesus’ Apostle Paul insisted with the Galatian Christians that anyone who thinks that they can be justified before God based on the goodness of their life is delusional because the law requires a perfect obedience in order to justify… and our lives are multiple light years from perfect. The Bostonian moralist hears this doctrine and vehemently objects. “Look, I’m not saying I’m perfect, but I’m a pretty good person, better than most actually, and certainly good enough. If God just graded us on a reasonable curve, I’d be in.” This objection reveals misunderstandings of both the exceeding holiness of God (how good the standard is) and the exceeding sinfulness of sin (how bad we are). As the Spirit enables us to see the grim juxtaposition of these truths, we will repent of our proud moralism and lean humbly into God’s grace.