The Epistle - October 2017 - Vol. 22, No. 8

October 2017  Vol. 22, No. 8  Newsletter of Wintersburg Presbyterian Church Sunday Worship Services  8 ‐ 9 a.m. and 10:20 ‐ 11:40 a.m.  Nichigo Service (Japanese Speaking):  9 ‐ 10 a.m.  Sunday School and Bible Studies  All Ages: 9:10 a.m.  Nichigo (Japanese): 10:20 a.m.  Vineyard College Group: 2:30 p.m.  Wednesday Bible Studies  Mens and Womens Studies: 7:15 p.m.  Young Adult Bible Studies: 7:30 p.m.  Thursday Bible Studies  Young Adults: 7:30 p.m.  Friday Bible Studies  Jr. High Special K; High School Ike Pono  Fellowship: 7:30 p.m.; Mens and Womens  Study: 7:30 p.m., 2nd & 4th Fridays; MnM  (Mothers in Ministry): 9:30 a.m., 1st & 3rd  Fridays.  Senior Fellowship Ministry  Meets Wednesdays, 10 a.m. ‐ 1 p.m.,  except during field trips.  Worship Hula Ministry  Meets up to twice a week (1‐hour each  session): Fridays and Sundays (keikis,  teens, and adults). Call church for latest  schedule.  For more informaƟon, please call the  church office at (714) 740‐9400.  Our Statement of Belief  We believe in one Holy and Triune  God and that the Bible is His  inerrant and inspired Word. We  believe that salvaƟon is by grace  alone through faith in Jesus Christ,  our Lord and Savior.  We affirm  Jesus’ commands to love God and  one another, and to share the gospel  with all unbelievers.  over 115 years  When I was in elementary school, you could not be in the halls of the school during  school hours.  If caught, you were escorted to the vice‐principal’s office.  It was a  big no‐no.  I remember being in the halls of the school one day, and being sum‐ moned by a teacher from far away, “Come here, now!”  His voice was stern enough  to send tremors of fear throughout my being.  As I walked up to him, I reached into  my pocket and showed him my hall pass.  He looked at it thoroughly, and then told  me to be on my way.  The hall pass got me off  the hook.    Most ChrisƟans know that God hates sin.  Yet,  many of us categorize sin into groups.  One  such group is what Jerry Bridges refers to as  “respectable sins.”  According to Bridges, we  ChrisƟans give ourselves a hall pass of sorts,  excusing ourselves when we commit sins in  this group of “respectable sins.”  In the cover  to his book, Respectable Sins: ConfronƟng the Sins We Tolerate, it says:  Have ChrisƟans become so preoccupied with the major sins of our society  that we have lost sight of our need to deal with our own more subtle sins?   Jerry Bridges returns to his trademark theme of holiness and addresses a  dozen clusters of specific “acceptable” sins that we tend to tolerate in our‐ selves – such as jealousy, anger, pride, unthankfulness, and judgmentalism.     Several weeks ago, my sermon contained a segment on sins that evangelicals seem  to mindlessly tolerate in ourselves.  That day, a member of Wintersburg called to  thank me for the sermon, and asked if I would list the “respectable sins.”  Here is  the list according to the book wriƩen by Jerry Bridges:  Ungodliness; Anxiety and FrustraƟon  Discontentment; Unthankfulness  Pride; Selfishness  Lack of self‐control; ImpaƟence and Irritability  Anger; Judgmentalism  Envy, Jealousy, CompeƟƟveness (the urge to be always the top person),        Controlling  Sins of the Tongue; Worldliness   There are two important biblical truths related to these “respectable sins.”  One,  these “respectable sins” are oŌen invisible from the outside, but very prominent in  our hearts.  This feature is why they thrive and flourish – if they were visible for all  to see, ChrisƟans might have incenƟve to repent.  It is important to remind our‐ selves that though others may not see our sins, God knows the content of our  hearts (1 Samuel 16:7).  Two, being obedient to the Lord in an area of our lives,  Continued on page 2 Tolerating Respectable Sins BY PASTOR FRED TANIZAKI