Our society has prided itself on assertiveness, independence, and self-sustenance; however, history as well as modern culture has shown us that there is and always will be one thing that mankind will never be able to do on its own: save itself. The idea of being rescued, while at first unappealing because it implies that we are helpless, is absolutely essential to human existence. The world is in need of a Savior and only in Jesus Christ do we find salvation and true sustenance.
In this full-length sermon, Dr. D. James Kennedy breaks down this myth by emphasizing that while there are many things we are expected to work for and help ourselves to deserve, salvation is not one of them. We can never earn it because Jesus Christ has already done the work for us. Dr. Kennedy points out that not only are we incapable and unfit to help ourselves, it would be impossible to do so without engendering pride. Because then it would no longer be Jesus Christ who saves, but a collaborative effort involving our ego which would result in self-deception about our abilities as humans.
In truth, salvation comes to the helpless, those who acknowledge that they are powerless to save themselves. Only the ones who are aware that they are unworthy can truly accept Jesus. Any human effort to deserve it is futile, and anything we try to add to it will only take away from it. Our best for God will never be good enough when it comes to salvation, because He is the standard and the only One through whom salvation is finished, complete, and perfect.