Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate (Bridges)

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Tyndale House Publishers

This book is about sin—not the obvious sins of our culture but the subtle sins of believers. Jerry Bridges returns to his trademark theme of holiness and addresses specific “acceptable” sins that we tend to tolerate in ourselves—such as jealousy, anger, pride, unthankfulness, and judgementalism. In his admonitions Jerry offers a message of hope in the profound mercy of the gospel and the transforming grace of God as the means to overcome our subtle sins. 


Table of Contents:

  1. Ordinary Saints
  2. The Disappearance of Sin
  3. The Malignancy of Sin
  4. The Remedy for Sin
  5. The Power of the Holy Spirit
  6. Directions for Dealing with Sins
  7. Ungodliness
  8. Anxiety and Frustration
  9. Discontentment
  10. Unthankfulness
  11. Pride
  12. Selfishness
  13. Lack of Self-Control
  14. Impatience and Irritability
  15. Anger
  16. The Weeds of Anger
  17. Judgmentalism
  18. Envy, Jealousy, and Related Sins
  19. Sins of the Tongue
  20. Worldliness
  21. Where Do We Go from Here?



Jerry Bridges (1929-2016) was a well-known Christian writer and conference speaker. His best-known book, The Pursuit of Holiness, has sold well over a million copies. A prolific author, he has sold over 3.5 million copies of his various books, with several titles translated and published in a variety of foreign languages. He joined the staff of The Navigators in 1955, serving 60 years as a staff member in various capacities before transitioning to associate staff and serving within the collegiate ministry.



"Jerry Bridges has long served the church in the area of applying the gospel to personal holiness, using the Word to convict of sin and the gospel to restore hope. This book is a welcome addition to his already powerful list of books." - Tim Challies