I am re-reading Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges. Along with The Pursuit of Holiness which Bridges wrote when he was much younger, this is a thought provoking book. Inspirational in the truest sense of the word with a lot of meat to chew on. Not a best seller for that reason.
This is not a book review though. But a comment on sins that slip into the church because we let them slide as unavoidable and therefore okay.
The Word of God says they are not.
I have noticed the sins we are most apt to let slide in our personal lives as Christians and in the churches we attend are the kind I call “dry.” In the big, bad world outside (and in carnal churches) their favorite sins tend to be the “juicy” kind, though there are some dry ones too since some tiny amount of sin cannot be avoided while we live in these bodies of death.
Dry sins are the less sensational kind. The kind Hugh Hefner and Larry Flynn never marketed and Hollywood doesn’t turn into movies.
Petty sins that bring little or no pleasure. Gossip. Pride. Greed. Covetousness. Anger. Stinginess. Cruelty to those “under” us. Spending so much time earning money beyond our daily bread that we neglect time alone with God and human relationships.
We must adopt a zero tolerance policy in dealing with these sins. Thanks to the blood of Jesus we no longer have to let Sin boss us around.
And if you are comfortable in your sin and have no desire to do God’s will you really need to ask yourself, “Am I saved? Where are the fruits of my repentance?”