The Problem With Unworthiness
John Newton, the famous minister and writer of arguably the most famous hymn of all time, Amazing Grace, once wrote a short letter to a congregant of his about the problem of thinking one is too unworthy to be saved by Christ. Here is that letter:
You say you feel overwhelmed with guilt and a sense of unworthiness? Well, indeed you cannot be too aware of the evils inside of yourself, but you may be, indeed you are, improperly controlled and affected by them. You say it is hard to understand how a holy God could accept such an awful person as yourself. You then express not only a low opinion of yourself, which is right, but also too low an opinion of the person, work, and promises of the Redeemer, which is wrong. You complain about sin, but when I look at your complaints, they are so full of self-righteousness, unbelief, pride, and impatience that they are little better than the worst evils you complain of.
– Taken from The Works of the Rev. John Newton, Vol VI as quoted in King’s Cross by Timothy Keller