"Yet it is in the very nature of sin to deny this truth. Even as fallen man follows after the lie that he is God, so he lives and acts in the wicked and deceitful imagination that he is Lord--Lord of himself and Lord of the universe. This evil characteristic of sin becomes manifest not only in his brute and open refusal to glorify God as Lord and be thankful, but even in a more abominable form in the false religion of self-righteousness. Men bring their tithes and offerings and piously feel that the Lord thereby is obligated to them, or they speak of doing something for him and feel that they can claim their reward. Thus the Jews of old pursued after a mirage of an imaginary righteousness by bringing their offerings to the house of God. But God is the Lord. He possesses all the universe."
Herman Hoeksema, Knowing God and Man. (Jenison: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 2006). Pages 26-27.