I often here Reformed folks argue that man cannot do anything 'good' as proof for their doctrine of total depravity. They argue that a response of faith in Christ is 'good' thus it would be impossible for man to do it 'on their own.' There are two problems with this argument: 1. Since God sent the Holy Spirit to convict the world of sin and guide us into all truth, along with the Son, the apostles, the scriptures and the church to carry the gospel it cannot be said that we are ever 'on our own.' 2. Humbling one's self to admit that you are a sinner and need help, would not be considered 'good' by the world's standard. God takes man's humble surrender and credits it as 'good' based on the righteousness of Christ, not the individual responding. "Humble yourself and you will be exalted," scripture teaches. It doesn't teach, as some seem to impose, "God will humble you so as to exalt you." God takes our filthy rags and credits them to our account as 'righteousness.' And the filthy rags of humble surrender are not made 'on our own,' but in response to the Spirit's powerful appeal for reconciliation and repentance.