(Preached 9-15-10 at Faith.)
There has been a major increase in the last decade of moral failure in professing Christians. There is a serious lack of integrity which leads up to this condition. The fact is, the lack of integrity in the Church has surpassed the lack of integrity in the world of just a few years ago. More and more, the Church of today is far more lacking in character than the world of just a few years ago. The Church is just a few years behind the world, but as the world moves further away, so does the Church.
There are always contributing factors to each case of failure, but contributing factors can never overrule integrity. I do not believe it is wise for preachers to make a habit of traveling alone. Much of the moral failure of preachers happens as they are continually away from home and alone. Granted, any man or woman with true Biblical integrity can stand the test, but it is still not wise to be apart often and for any length of time.
Integrity means wholeness, entireness, unbroken state; the entire, unimpaired state of any thing, particularly the mind; moral soundness or purity, incorruptness, honesty. An unimpaired state.
Another way of stating it is “Perceived consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations and outcome.”
Like anything else worth having, “We have to want it to have it, and we have to work for it to get it.” By “work” I mean, we have to meet the requirements. A person with integrity will stand up to the test any test and will come through as strong or stronger.
According to the Bible, Integrity is of the heart. See Gen. 20:5-6; First Kings 9:4; Psalm 78:72. The mind us upright, steadfast, wholesome.
See also, Job 2:3,9, 27:5, 31:6; Psalm 7:8, 25:21, 26:1, 26:11 41:12, 78:72; Prov. 11:3, 19:1 and 20:7
Integrity is not what you say about yourself, but what your life says about you.”
- How does a person get integrity? Job 1:1,8 ; 2:3, 9-10 When we love God with all our heart and Fear God, We develop Biblical integrity. We cannot buy it, inherit it, sell it, give it, take it or fake it. We either have it or we don’t and we either want it or we don’t.
- How does a person lose integrity? Feed the flesh as David did in Second Samuel 11:1-4 and many other Biblical examples can be cited.
- How does a person keep integrity? Flee the temptations as Joseph did in Gen. 39:6-13 Romans 13:14 tells us to “Make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.”
- The person without Biblical integrity will be presented with the opportunities of failure. 2 Peter 1:3-10 Read and know Integrity produces honesty, purity, humility, sincerity, stability, ability and testimony.
May God help us to be people of integrity and honor God with our lives as those who “are bought with a price, therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Cor. 6:20