If one doesn’t renounce one’s self there is no justification in Christ
The Gospel is too interesting and has too much influence on our past and future conduct, to be an object of unfeeling speculation. It is “a hope set before us ” which none but those who are ready will ever embrace. To be who are “ready to perish” will ever embrace. To believe it, is to renounce our own wisdom, our own righteousness, and our own will, and to- fall into the arms of mere grace, through then atoning blood of the cross. If the good news of salvation be not in this manner believed, it signifies but little what speculative notions we may entertain concerning it; for where there is no renunciation of self, there is no dependence upon Christ for justification; and where there is no such dependence, there is no revealed interest in that important blessing; but the curses and threatenings of God stand in their force against us.
Rev. Andrew Fuller–The Great Question Answered