Sin is such an ugly word. It is also a word debated in even the most intimate circles.
What constitutes sin?
Is a ‘good’ person still considered a sinner?
Do only the ‘big’ ones count?
The theological discussions could fill countless pages in countless libraries worldwide. We know from Biblical studies that the only one to ever walk the Earth blamelessly was Jesus.
The best any of us can achieve is Christ-‘like.’ While we eyeball the world around us, culturally, sin is endless. But Mr. Bridges isn’t discussing those obvious, blatant sins. He is more concerned with ones we may not even think are sinful – thus the title.
In “Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate,” Jerry Bridges digs deep into our convictions to challenge the reader to take a thoughtful look at him or herself. Are we proud? Do we engage in little white lies?
His comparisons between today’s world & the culture of Biblical times are unique & shockingly accurate. Many times throughout the book, I found myself thinking about the day’s events or things I’d thought. It certainly is a wakeup call to anyone thinking that they themselves were ‘too good’ to be sinful.
Bridges takes the very concept of sin, and chops it down into the root causes. Thoughts, motives, actions are all taken into account. His doctrinal teachings and statements are backed by his strong knowledge of the Bible.
Even though, in some circles, this book could be considered controversial, I agree with his writing. It could, perhaps, even be considered for a small group study. Each chapter is a mini-sermon in itself.
I would also consider it a fantastic point of reference on each individual sin listed in the table of contents.
I highly recommend taking a look at this book if you are in Pastoral Ministry, a small group teacher, or someone who wants to increase their knowledge of being more like Christ in their everyday walk with Him.
“Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate”
By Jerry Bridges