I've had several of you ask about the book I'm reading by Jerry Bridges called Respectable SINS: Confronting The Sins We Tolerate so I thought even though I'm not quite finished I'd share a few phrases I have highlighted so far.
It's easy for us to condemn those obvious sins [abortion,homosexuality and murder]while virtually ignoring our own sins of gossip, pride, envy, bitterness, and lust, or even a lack of those gracious qualities that Paul calls the fruit of the Spirit. (see Gal 5:22-23)
We appear to be more concerned about the sins of society than we are the sins of the saints. In fact, we often indulge in what I call the "respectable" or even "acceptable" sins without any sense of sin.... We look down our religious noses at "sinners" in society with any sense of a humble "there but the grace of God go I" spirit.
God has not given us the authority to establish values for different sins (James 2:10)...The truth is, all sin is serious because all sin is a breaking of God's law...all sin without distinction-is lawlessness.
Sad to say, the concept of sin among many conservative Christians has been essentially redefined to cover only the obviously gross sins of society. The result then is that for may morally upright believers, the awareness of personal sin has effectively disappeared from their consciences. But it has not disappeared from the sight of God.
When I indulge in any of the so called acceptable sins, I am not only despising God's law but , at the same time, I am despising God Himself.
Sounds pretty bad so far huh? But there is good news! It's the Gospel. Bridges reminds us that as believers we should be preaching the gospel to ourselves every day. The gospel helps us to see our sin, confess our sin and motivates us to deal with our sin.
It hasn't been easy reading, in that it's so convicting. Bridges says that one of the biggest problems with today's believers is that we have lowered out standard. We look around at the world and think "well I'm not doing that, so I'm not all that bad". Our standard should NEVER be the world. Our only standard is God's Holy WORD.
So for those of you who have asked, "YES, it is worth reading!!"
I have wondered about that book too. I know I am so guilty of rating sins. Sounds like a good and thought provoking book.ReplyDelete
This is one of the books on my reading list. Thanks for sharing from it- now i want to read it more than ever! I really liked his book "Discipline of Grace".ReplyDelete
In Christ, Chanin
Sounds like a wonderful book. I may just have to read this one myself one day.
I loved the quote from the book that spoke of the gross sins offending us as believers but not the sins that we believe are covered with more grace by the believer. I have often found it quite hypocritical that as Christians we would be so outraged to watch the sin of homosexuality on TV but be quite alright watching the sin of adultary or covetousness or even slander being portrayed. What is up with that?
I recenlty wrote this quote in my Bible..."Judgement is God's business, spreading the gospel is ours."
People don't care who we know (Jesus) until they know that we care.
Wow! Sounds good so far! I visited Gina's blog, yesterday. I really enjoyed it. Thanks for recommending her! Blessings!ReplyDelete
Ouch, Ouch, and Ouch again!!!! I'm going to have to go get that book and add it to my list! Don't you just love getting slapped across the face with yourself! Thanks for sharing Sharon!ReplyDelete
OUCH!!!!!!!!! that went right through my steel toed boots........ Oh how we fall into that trap.... the enemy so laughs as we look upon others "big" sin as we sweep our little sin under our bed........... what a wonderful word from the Lord......... I have missed coming by...... pray for my back... not sure what all is going on but not able to deal with the day to day pain..... it has limited my ability to function as I would like......... God knows,, and He can fix.........ReplyDelete
WOW Sharon, great review! I will HAVE to pick that one up! I am not sure if I will "enjoy" reading it, but maybe that is just what I need right now!ReplyDelete