But when you said to me, “I’m not good enough,” you had some belief or idea that some one, perhaps, some one a great deal better than you, could be “good enough” to be a Christian. You may even feel that you can and may, sometime, get to be good enough yourself. It is this notion first that I wish to drive out of your mind. Consider! Are not all reason and all Scripture against that notion? Jesus nowhere teaches us that we can be his disciples on account of being good. He often says if we have become his disciples we must and shall do good works. But you will search the Scriptures in vain seeking to find any endorsement of the idea that Jesus calls men to him or receives them because they are good. And it is easy to see that if he requires anything, he requires perfection; in order to be good enough, you must be perfect. But, even then, that does not make you a disciple.
~ William Curtis Stiles, Excuse Me (1898)