The following is a few excerpts from A.W. Pink's "The Attributes of God" from the chapter on the grace of God, Pinks exposition is very telling of the natural man's tendencies toward theologies of glory (theologies that exalt man) and hatred of the theologies that exalt God and Christ and abase man:
"Eternal life is a gift, therefore it can neither be earned by good works, nor claimed as a right. Seeing that salvation is a "gift," who has any right to tell God on whom He ought to bestow it? It is not that the Giver ever refuses this gift to any who seek it wholeheartedly, and according to the rules which He has prescribed. No! He refuses none who come to Him empty-handed and in the way of His appointing. But if out of a world of impenitent and unbelieving, God is determined to exercise His sovereign right by choosing a limited number to be saved, who is wronged? Is God obliged to force His gift on those who value it not? Is God compelled to save those who are determined to go their own way?
But nothing more riles the natural man and brings to the surface his innate and inveterate enmity against God than to press upon him the eternality, the freeness, and the absolute sovereignty of Divine grace. That God should have formed His purpose from everlasting without in anywise consulting the creature, is too abasing for the unbroken heart. That grace cannot be earned or won by any efforts of man is too self-emptying for self-righteousness. And that grace singles out whom it pleases to be its favored objects, arouses hot protests from haughty rebels. The clay rises up against the Potter and asks, "Why hast Thou made me thus?" A lawless insurrectionist dares to call into question the justice of Divine sovereignty.
The grace of God is proclaimed in the Gospel (Acts 20:24), which is to the self-righteous Jew a "stumbling block," and to the conceited and philosophizing Greek "foolishness." And why so? Because there is nothing whatever in it that is adapted to gratify the pride of man. It announces that unless we are saved by grace, we cannot be saved at all. It declares that apart from Christ, the unspeakable Gift of God’s grace, the state of every man is desperate, irremediable, hopeless. The Gospel addresses men as guilty, condemned, perishing criminals. It declares that the chastest moralist is in the same terrible plight as is the most voluptuous profligate; that the zealous professor, with all his religious performances, is no better off than the most profane infidel.
The Gospel contemplates every descendant of Adam as a fallen, polluted, hell-deserving and helpless sinner. The grace which the Gospel publishes is his only hope. All stand before God convicted as transgressors of His holy law, as guilty and condemned criminals; awaiting not sentence, but the execution of sentence already passed on them (John 3:18; Rom. 3:19). To complain against the partiality of grace is suicidal. If the sinner insists upon bare justice, then the Lake of Fire must be his eternal portion. His only hope lies in bowing to the sentence which Divine justice has passed upon him, owning the absolute righteousness of it, casting himself on the mercy of God, and stretching forth empty hands to avail himself of the grace of God now made known to him in the Gospel." (Pg67-70 The Attributes of God)
The Biblical reality that salvation is from the beginning to end all of God is in reality detestable to the natural man. Unfortunately for the Church we are simultaneously sinners and saints, so the theologies that currently dominate American evangelicalism are those that exalt man. We really think far too highly of ourselves and rather lowly of God. The predominate view of God's grace is one that puts the sinner in the neutral decision land where he can say "yes" or "no" to accepting Jesus in his or her heart. So we have "seeker friendly" services and all sorts of gimmicks to nudge the "seeker" toward a decision.
The reality of scripture is that no one seeks after God, and that the things of God are complete foolishness to the natural man. The only way God becomes desirable or the things of God no longer seem to be foolishness is that we have been born again and are no longer slaves of sin. This is done by the Sovereign God who is Himself the seeker who seeks and saves the lost by grace alone.