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    Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges

    Some powerful words from Jerry Bridges:

    Pg. 19-20

    But what about our conservative, evangelical churches? Has the idea of sin all but disappeared from us also? No, it has not disappeared, but it has, in many instances, been deflected to those outside our circles who commit flagrant sins such as abortion, homosexuality, and murder, or the notorious white –collar crimes of high-level corporate executives. Its easy for us to condemn those obvious sins while virtually ignoring our own sins of gossip, pride, envy bitterness, and lust, or even our lack of those gracious qualities that Paul calls the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23).

    A Pastor invited the men in his church to join him in a prayer meeting. Rather than praying about the spiritual needs of the church as he expected, all of the men without exception prayed about the sins of the culture, primarily about abortion and homosexuality. Finally, the pastor, dismayed over the apparent self righteousness of the men, closed the prayer meeting with the well known prayer of the tax collector, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner” (Luke 18:13)

    Posted by Marco on July 30, 2014 01:11 PM

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