Be good, be good Johnny
Can Johnny ever be good? If Johnny is born again everyone would say, yes Johnny can be good. But what if Johnny was still lost in his sin? Can Johnny be good then?
What is it in theologians heads that make them say Johnny can never be good if he is not born again?
Can Jesus ever be good? All of us would say yes, but for some theologians Jesus is not very well behaved. In fact He is hard to control.
Jesus seems to forget to teach in accordance with some theologians teachings. For instance Jesus isn’t very good when he disagrees with those who have theology degrees.
Theologians teach Johnny can never be good if he is lost in his sin. Jesus says the theologians are not very good at theology when they teach this.
Jesus says even evil Johnny does good by giving good things to his children.
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Oh how bad has this Jesus been? Now be good Jesus, be good. But Jesus does not pay attention to theologians, for he only does bad again.
If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?
Can Johnny be good if he is lost in his sin? Is a man lost in his sin if he observes the Law to obtain his own righteousness? Why yes he is. But can Johnny be good by observing the Law, or is the Law to the lost a sin too?
What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “Do not covet.”
Certainly the observance of the Law does not do evil but good. Even to those who transgress the Law, the Law is not sin. So then the law is good and the commandment is good and righteous things are done even by the lost who try to obtain their own righteousness from the Law.
It is good, not a sin to observe do not murder? It is good, not a sin to observe do not covet? It is a good, not a sin to observe do not steal? Even if done for the wrong reasons it is good, not a sin?
So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.
So can Johnny be good? Can a lost Johnny do good? Yes our Lord Jesus says he can, who is not so good for some theologians and Paul, Christ’s Apostle, is not so good to these same theologians. For they teach a lost Johnny can do good apart from the saving knowledge of Christ.
It is bad theologians who teach Johnny can never be good if he is not a Christian. Yet scripture teaches that many a good Johnny needs a savior too.
What do you think? Do you think Johnny can be good? Or do you believe in the total depravity of man? Do you think a lost man has no good in him or do you think in your own experiences and the words of Jesus and Paul, that a good man who is lost still can die in his sins? Or is it only the lost man who is evil in all things that he does that can die in his sins?
 Matthew 7:11
 Matthew 5:46
 Romans 7:7
 Romans 7:12