Respectable Sins, Jerry Bridges

Respectable Sins

In Respectable Sins the late Jerry Bridges attempts to confront the sins we often tolerate and sometimes fail to see at all. Bridges is writing to Christians and explains his aim in the preface of the book:

“The motivation for this book stems from a growing conviction that those of us whom I call conservative evangelicals may have become so preoccupied with some of the major sins of society around us that we have lost sight of the need to deal with our own more ‘refined’ or subtle sins.”

Bridges quickly pivots to the gospel, insisting that we must not “wallow” in our respectable sins. Rather, we must believe the good news that Christ’s death and resurrection has dealt with the “guilt of our sin and it’s dominion over us.”

The book contains 21 short chapters, and most of them deal with specific “respectable” sins. The chapters that were particularly challenging for me were those dealing with ungodliness, discontentment, pride, selfishness, impatience, irritability, and anger.If those don’t sound like sins you struggle with, you should give Bridges the chance to change your mind.