Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate
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Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate

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Have Christians become so preoccupied with "major" sins that we have lost sight of our need to deal with more subtle sins?Navigator author Jerry Bridges addresses the "acceptable" sins that we tend to tolerate in ourselves, including pride and anger. He goes to the heart of the matter, exploring our feelings of shame and grief and opening a new door to God's forgiveness an...more
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Published February 27th 2014 by NavPress Publishing Group (first published August 21st 2007)
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This book is excellent! Our youth group is going through it and I am continuing to be convicted by the chapters. Mr. Bridges talks about the sins the we often don't look at and brush aside because "they don't seem as bad as this or that". The sins that the book covers are Ungodliness, Unthankfulness, Anxiety, Frustration, Discontentment, Pride, Selfishness, Lack of Self-Control, Impatience, Irritability, Anger, The Weeds of Anger, Jugdmentalism, Envy, Jealousy, and other related sins (such as co...more
Someone at church had this book and I asked her what the title could possibly mean. She smiled and said that the author believed that there are any number of sins which we deem respectable in our modern life. I am curious to see if I suffer from them all or not. I doubt I wil be disappointed.

Indeed I was not disappointed when I sat down to read this book. It did take quite a bit longer and I just noticed that I had not completed my review. The primary reason for that is that I read the book in p...more
I could not but help thinking in reading this book that the world would be a much better place if it were to be read more widely and taken seriously. Jerry Bridges deals here with respectable sins, those which are common even among evangelicals and not considered serious matters if considered sins at all today. He shows that respectable sins are still an affront to God, and must be dealt with. He does so in a serious and searching way that nevertheless I did not find oppressive. I have heard it...more
My mom had recommended this book some time ago, but it took me a while to pick it up. And it took me a while to get into it...the first six chapters are about sin's malignancy, remedy, and the Holy Spirit's power in dealing with sin. I read them quickly, thinking, "yeah, yeah, I already know this." But when I got to the seventh chapter, on ungodliness, I was hooked. Bridges is spot-on in saying that Christians tolerate these sins, even making excuses for them, rather than dealing with them. I th...more
Phil Dunn
Called 'Respectable Sins', the aim of the book is to confront the sins that we as Christians all too readily tolerate. But before getting into the nitty-gritty of various 'respectable sins', Bridges spends no less than five whole chapters putting a gospel framework in place. His advice, "always address your sin in the context of the gospel." Nice.

Then its down to business. Ungodliness, anxiety and frustration, discontentment, unthankfulness, pride, selfishness, anger are just a few of the sins...more
Respectable Sins is one of those fine books that deserves to be read every year. Not simply for the way it is written, but because we (meaning I!) are in danger of forgetting the important truths about which it speaks. So many times, I am tempted to act like the Pharisee condemning the culture around me for its flagrant sins and congratulating myself on my righteousness. While I may never admit these thoughts to myself, I can practice them. This book dishes out a healthy, proper dose of humility...more
Jared Totten
Jerry Bridges wrote one of the best books I've ever read on Christian sanctification in Pursuit of Holiness. But if Pursuit of Holiness is Sanctification 101, then Respectable Sins is Sanctification 301. While the former book focused on the broader subject of sanctification and dealt with the more common besetting sins, the latter focuses on the more subtle sins that often go unaddressed.

Before dealing with specific areas of sin, the opening chapters of Respectable Sins set the necessary foundat...more
Warning: If you have no desire to identify, expose and root out sin in your life, then this book is not for you.

Little white lies. Guilty pleasures. Errors in judgment. These are just a few examples of how the language of modern-day society softens and trivializes the seriousness of sin. When was the last time you heard someone said they fornicated? No, instead they say they "slept with" someone; now doesn't that sound nice and cozy? Saying that two people are "having an affair" sounds so much m...more
Joel Stanton
The title of this book first caught my attention. “Respectable Sins?” I thought, “I have to read this!” This was the first book by the author Dr. Jerry Bridges that has come across my desk, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. However, I can now confidently assert that this book is a fantastic read for the Christian man or woman! First off, this book passed with flying colors my two basic litmus tests for any Christian book that I read:

1) Does the author possess and write from a worldview tha...more
What an excellent book this was, I loved every chapter. At first I was like "Respectable Sins? Why is it called that?" But as I continued to read it I started to understand why. It's called that because we so often go each day thinking that our anger, jealousy, impatience, pride, unthankfulness, and judgementalism isn't sinning, but it is sinning. We are accepting our own sin and saying to ourselves "being angry at the person that has done me harm isn't that big of a deal compared to what he/she...more
Marie Friesen
In Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate, Jerry Bridges gently focuses our attention on widespread sins in the church. Not only are they common, but they also go unchecked. [return][return]1) Bridges� confession[return][return]Before expanding on these sins, though, he makes a confession to his readers: He� s not perfect, he has committed many of these sins over the years and he doesn� t pretend to be any better or holier than the rest of us.[return][return]He makes this confession...more
Joshua Ray
"Every sin we commit, regardless of how insignificant it seems to us, is an assault on His infinite glory." (p. 137)

Jerry Bridges turns his attention to sins that just don't seem "that bad." Either they are accepted as normal by the Church or the culture...or both. But in a careful and gentle way he goes down the list (that includes anxiety, selfishness, unthankfulness, ungodliness, and more) and helps the reader both diagnose themselves (what are the symptoms of this particular sin?) and take p...more
Very convicting. Have to be in the right frame of mind to read this one. But EXCELLENT. There is a sect of Christians out there that bemoan the moral depravity of our culture all the while neglecting their own internal sins that grieve the heart of God just as much! If we could only see our own sins of the heart in light of Scripture, I believe we would be a FAR more compassionate and gracious people. We would understand God's grace on a whole new level. We would be like Isaiah in Isaiah 6 when...more
This book is centered around an interesting and useful premise: that there are ubiquitous areas of sin in every Christian's life which have become so commonplace as to seem normal and acceptable. Author Jerry Bridges scores quite a few points along the way, and Christians of every stripe should find much value between these covers. However, Bridges states early and often that he is writing to a "conservative evangelical" audience, and this is precisely where he is likely to lose many readers, si...more
Nathanael Gentilhomme
Good book that reveals every day 'acceptable sins' in our lives, and reminds us, through Scripture, many things we do/say every day are actually sin. Helpful to remind us just how short we fall every day from living a life free from sin.
As a Christian, I found this book convicting and painfully personal.

As a longterm churchgoer, I found the beginning basic and general. So if you are fairly familiar with the Bible's stance on morality, absolutes, and the authority of Scripture (and like me, find it hard to read the first few chapters), skip to chapter 7 where the "sins" begin. This is where Bridges starts to point at the acceptable sins with which we are comfortable. This is where the heart tests begin.

I would also recommend re...more
This is an excellent book. Bridges teaches ways to deal with and overcome the subtle sin in our lives which we have for so long chosen to tolerate. It is a real motivator for spiritual growth.
This book was such a blessing to read. It was very convicting I really enjoyed it and found it very profitable.
I received this book as a review copy from the publisher. I liked that "Respectable Sins" frequently referred to Scripture. It also pointed the reader to God for help. I appreciated that the author stressed the character and sovereignty of God while still (implied by his statements) acknowledging the role of free will. This was a good book in that it stressed the seriousness of all sin ("small" and "large") and it pointed out that wrong attitudes are serious, too.

Since the sins listed on the bac...more
Jerry Bridges is a very thought-provoking author, for sure. His books are also very Biblical. Bridges, in his books, usually gives us a glimpse into his own soul, thus exposing his own foibles and sins to us. He comes across as genuine in his faith.
Respectable Sins is no exception to this.
Bridges reminds us that we are right to oppose immorality.
The problem, however, is that we tolerate things in our hearts and lives that are equally as damaging as immorality.
We have sins that are respectable. O
Respectable Sins is a practical equivalent of the book of Hebrews. It is for the mature Christian who has grown complacent, often subconciously, and needs solid food vs. milk in their spiritual diet.

Bridges does a brilliant job of attacking and challenging our acceptance of various subtle sins that we blindly tolerate. Too often our culture is overly focused on "gross" sins and ignores the more common ungodliness that plagues our fallen hearts such as anxiety, discontentment, resentment, pride,...more
Ouch. This book was convicting. The chapters are short, but intense. Chapters 1-6 discuss the nature of sin, the way people change (the power of God in the Gospel), and the steps for dealing with sin in our lives when we are made of aware of it by the Holy Spirit.

Chapters 1-6 are a necessary foundation as Bridges continues on to talk about all the little sins in our lives and culture that we ignore or excuse and therefore do not confess and repent of. The Gospel is preached throughout to comfort...more
Alexis Neal
A decent, unobjectionable little book. The book opens with a clear presentation of the gospel, and all the sins discusses are viewed through the lens of that gospel. Bridges addresses thirteen different types of "respectable" sin, and with that many topics to cover, the chapters are quite short and easily digestible. Indeed, I often found myself wishing the book contained a more thorough exposition of the various sins and more advice on how to address them in my own life. I suspect, too, that I...more
I used this with my small group, and while it did lead to some great discussions, I thought the book itself was just ok. Random points I would make about this book:
1. It does cover a very wide array of topics. This naturally leads to a more generalized discussion of the sin without going very in-depth. This could be a good or bad thing, depending on what exactly you're looking for.
2. He speaks in quite a conversational tone. Again, could be good or bad. After a while it started to frustrate me...more
Colin McKay Miller
Jerry Bridges’ Respectable Sins may be limited by its subject matter, making it more like a weekly devotional than a must-read, theology-bending Christian living book, but it still succeeds with what it’s trying to do.

In opening Respectable Sins, Bridges notes that certain words (sin, adultery, stealing) haven’t just been fallen out of the world at large, but also out of Christian churches as a whole. He’s not just fighting for terminology though, as he argues that churches are condemning the s...more
Respectable Sins covers a plethora of subtle, under-the-radar-squeaking vices prevalent in Christian culture. This, by nature, is going to be controversial and not an easy thing to read. Keeping that in mind, I read the first half of the book and got a great deal out of it. I struggle with many of the sins pointed out by Bridges, even if I didn't agree with him on every little point. Where he used Scripture to back things up, I was grateful and appreciated the insight. However, this may have bee...more
Cynthia Vogel
I've long been a fan f Jerry Bridges (author of "Pursuit of Holiness", and this book did not disappoint me or overturn my respect for him as an author.
Jerry listed quite a large number of sins that you may not consider to be sins: "Casual sins:" like envy, resentment, grudges, Judgementalism, Gossip and slander, and worldliness-- into our hearts without us ever understanding that we need some serious time of confession with the Lord. ..Bridges gently but firmly explained how the enemy has used t...more
"Respectable Sins" is a study on the subtle sins that God's people often overlook in their own lives. Bridges spends the first six chapters of the book unpacking the doctrine of sin in the Scriptures. He pretty well hits it on the head in Chapter Three in describing what sin is:

"Therefore, when we sin, when we violate the law of God in anyway, be it ever so small in our eyes, we rebel against the sovereign authority and transcendent majesty of God. To put it bluntly, our sin is an assault on the...more
When I opened my Christmas gifts from my wife this year, there were a lot of Jerry Bridges books. In fact, I think all of them were from Jerry Bridges, which is fine by me. He has been my favorite author as of late. The most recent one was Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate, a book I have been looking forward to reading for a long time.

In this book, Bridges addresses the sins that we as Christians tolerate. From his preface, "The motivation for this book stems from a growing con...more
*sighs* this is the second Jerry Bridges book that I've tried that has come highly recommended by teachers I greatly respect that just doesn't seem to resonate with me. I guess maybe I just come from a very different place?

Bridges talks at length about anxiety being a sin and ends with, "can you imagine Jesus being anxious?" as if it is totally out of the realm of possibility that Jesus was ever anxious. However, I would definitely think of Jesus as anxious in the garden before he was arrested a...more
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JERRY BRIDGES is an author and conference speaker. His most popular book, The Pursuit of Holiness, has sold over one million copies. Jerry has been on the staff of The Navigators for over fifty years, and currently serves in the Collegiate Mission where he is involved primarily in staff development, but also serves as a speaker resource to the campus ministries.
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“The sin of worldliness is a preoccupation with the things of this temporal life. It's accepting and going along with the views and practices of society around us without discerning if they are biblical. I believe that the key to our tendencies toward worldliness lies primarily in the two words "going along". We simply go along with the values and practices of society.” 4 likes
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