Why self-satisfaction is death to progress.
In any walk of life, a state of self-satisfaction shuts down progress, as the musician, athlete, MD, businessman, physicist, etc., can attest. However, nowhere is self-satisfaction more deadly than in the area of spiritual growth, nurturing our relationship with God. It was for this that Jesus saved his toughest rebukes, you might even say, his anger. For example, the entire Chapter 23 of the Gospel of Matthew consists of a tirade against the scribes and Pharisees.