Lk 5:32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. 1 Tim 1:15 15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Many today who are false teachers, have taken this text to mean that Christ died for everybody in the world [because, all are sinners by nature] and now He beckons everyone without exception to repent of their sins and to accept Christ as their Saviour; however that is nothing but satanic human and carnal reasoning; But yet the text does say that Christ came specifically to call sinners to[into] repentance ; Which means those who are made sensible sinners by the work of the Spirit in them; for all men no doubt are sinners by nature, and that without exception, however all are not made sensible of their sinnership before God, especially the religious sinner ! A case in point is the record of the Publican and Pharisee, now what is the difference ? Both are sinners by nature ! Well one, the publican, had been made sensible of his sinfulness before God, the other , the pharisee, who also was just as much a sinner as the publican, had not been made sensible of his sinfulness before God, and in fact claimed not to be like other sinful people, even as the publican Lk 18:11 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. basically he was denying being a sinner as other men are ! The pharisee pointed to his religious performances, things he knew to be righteous acts Lk 18:12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. What this pharisee did not know was that his righteous acts and moral living before God, that these things in and of themselves are nothing but filthy rags before a Holy God Isa 64:6 6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. Notice, Our Righteousnesses ! The hebrew word here is tsĕdaqah and means: Our Righteous acts ! righteousness (as ethically right) These things are not wrong in and of themselves, but when they are foremost as to what we base our relationship with God upon as this pharisee clearly did. It is clear that the pharisee based his acceptance with God on two primary elements #1 What he was not Lk 18:11 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. And secondly #2 What he did religiously Lk 18:12 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. Being a sinner, yet he believed himself righteous, and that is what Christ means by "I came not to call the righteous" Jesus came not to call people of that mindset, yet they are still sinners by nature !