Adrian Rogers on integrity

telling the truth

Ephesians 6:14a Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth (NKJV)

The Girdle Of Truth – The Believer’s Integrity

A soldier in Paul’s day had a leather girdle that he tightened about his waist to protect his loins and carry his weapons of warfare, such as a dagger or sword. The belt also held his tunic together so it wouldn’t be snagged.

In Christian armor, it is integrity that holds everything else together. If you do not have integrity in the big and small things of your life, you are going to lose the battle. Without truth everything falls apart. Satan will come against you with lies and bring a lack of integrity into your life. Jesus is the Truth and will strengthen you with His integrity. Would people say that you are a woman or man of integrity? If not, then you cannot win the battle.
[The Armour of Christian Warfare by Ardian Rogers.]

The call to have integrity in the “big and small things” in life jumps off the page. It’s easy to understand integrity in the big things in life. What about the small things? When does a small thing become big? How small is too small to be insignificant?

Do small integrity issues have any significance?

Some may say grace covers the small items and therefore should be overlooked. But in the Christian view of life grace covers the big things too! If grace did not cover the big issues in life we would all be in trouble.

At what point are small issues of integrity deemed acceptable and worthy of unrepentance?

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1 Heath Lloyd May 4, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Perhaps this post should FWD: to the Board of Trustees at my alma mater, Liberty University, in regards to their Seminary president.

OH . . . may we be marked by integrity.

2 Mark May 5, 2010 at 8:29 am

I suppose you could do that. I’m not sure it would help. 🙂 This is a good reminder for me though.

I came across an interesting quote which seems to go with the virtue of integrity.

“We’ve all heard of these tales wherein a Christian, motivated to share the gospel with a certain people group or culture, negates his or her witness by somehow offending the culture, heritages of practices of that group. Although the person is well-intentioned, he or she ruins the opportunity by some oversight or misstatement and must begin again by apologizing and rebuilding trust”

Ergun Mehmet Caner and Emir Fethi Caner, “Unveiling Islam: An Insider’s Look at Muslim Life and Beliefs” (Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 2002), 194.

(HT: Wade Burleson)

3 heath lloyd May 5, 2010 at 1:48 pm

To read an account of a real converted muslim, introduce yourself to Timothy Abraham. He also attended SEBTS – at about the same time as Butch Caner. A lovely, humble, sweet-spirit is Timothy. http://www.timothyabraham.org

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