11 Characteristics of the Self-Righteous

by Casey Lewis March 7, 2017

Self-righteousness is rampant in our churches. Pews are packed every week with Pharisees who are under the impression they are doing everything right. Scripture, however, paints a woefully different picture. Far from thinking we have "arrived" or that we are superior to others, we should feel a need for dependence on the righteousness of Christ.

Instead of raising our spiritual noses at those struggling with sin, we should humbly bow before the Savior, knowing we too are sinners saved by God's grace. Instead of thinking of ourselves as righteous, we should thank and praise God for sending His Son to die for our sin.

Even though we should humble ourselves before our Savior, we often don't. We have a tendency to act like we are the ones who make ourselves righteous by our own efforts, instead of relying on Christ's work. Often, we can fall into the pit of self-righteousness without even knowing it.

In an effort to help us create self-awareness and keep us out of the trap, here are 11 characteristics of the self-righteous adapted from Paul Tripp's book, Dangerous Calling.

11 Characteristics of The Self-Righteous

1. They do not see their walk with God as a community project.

2. They do not work well with others.

3. They consistently believe they are right and know best.

4. They are resistant to change.

5. They do not respond well when reminded they need to change.

6. They do not desire others exhortation or admonition, even getting angry at times.

7. They are not patient with those who mess up, struggle with sin or have lost their way.

8. They do not deal well with opposition or accusations.

9. They will consistently wonder why God has singled them out for difficulty.

10. They do not see a need to admit or confess their sin.

11. They consistently point out the sin of others with an air of superiority.