In other words, if we think that we can cover our guilt with our own moral zeal, spirituality, free will and good intentions, we do not realize the seriousness of our condition. We do not seek God. We are righteous and even our best works are offensive to God even if they are praiseworthy to us and to our neighbors. Finally, God’s judgment silences our spin. We are arraigned. No longer protesting our innocence and putting God on trial, we accept the verdict.
– Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 54