God Does Not
By Tim Greenwood
and God's Word does not have integrity. This is another statement that
causes the whole room to suddenly get real quiet. God doesn't have
integrity, He IS integrity! And His Word is the very embodiment of that
integrity. Hallelujah! In actuality, when man begins talking about the
"integrity of God's Word" it is technically demeaning God's Word,
because God's Word doesn't need any man's stamp of approval. When God
says it, it IS! On the other hand, man's word, may or may not have
I say unto you, that unless your reputation of integrity exceeds that
of the scribes and pharisees, you can forget entering into the kingdom
(Matthew 5:20 TGV).
The scribes and pharisees had gotten the reputation of being
fakes; saying one thing and doing another and not acting in good faith.
In other words, they did not have or act with integrity. Integrity
actually goes beyond the letter of the law. Jesus taught about the
"spirit" or heart behind the law and illustrated this by giving six
examples saying, "You have heard this. But I say this.." Since the
passages do not directly pertain to our topic, I will just let you read
them yourself from Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28, 31-32, 33-34, 38-39 and
43-44. Understand that Jesus is teaching us that integrity is
also looking at the intent and heart behind and beyond the legal
language of the injunction or contract.
Decades ago I started to "work my way up" in our denominational
hierarchy from congregant, to usher, to head usher, to deacon and
finally became a department head at the denomination headquarters. I
spent more than thirty years studying about God in the areas of
theology, eschatology, ecclesiology; canonics, demonology, etymology,
new and old testament exegesis, world history, related mythology and
more. But gaining a lifetime of knowledge about God does not even begin
to compare with actually knowing God and knowing His heart.
I know! I thought I knew everything there was to know about God, but I
didn't KNOW God until I got baptized in the Holy Spirit, who
incrementally revealed to me the heart of Jesus, which was also the
heart of the Father.
Paul said in Philippians 3:5-8, that He was a Hebrew that could recite
his genealogy back through the tribe of Benjamin, that he was a Hebrew
scholar, a Pharisee and Jew that religiously crossed every `t' and
dotted every `i' of the Law since he was circumcised on the eighth day
of his life according to the Law of Moses and religiously zealous to
the point of being an accessory to the execution of Steven and other
followers of Jesus. He said that he was considered absolutely righteous
in the eyes of his religion.
But, he said, that now he held all that, which he was previously so
proud of, as if it were a pile of dung. Marcia and I did the same
thing. Thirty years of accumulated religious notes and an entire
library of religious study materials suddenly became completely
worthless to us. Why? Because once you KNOW Him and KNOW His heart, all
of the religious stuff just falls away, leaving behind love, good faith
and a flawless reputation of integrity.
The word integrity is also an engineering term, such as determining
whether a bridge or steel member of that bridge has the integrity to
bear the load it will be subjected to. Integrity here refers to the
wholeness, soundness, solidness and having the tensile strength to bear
up under pressure without bending, buckling, twisting or in some other
On August 1, 2007 the massive I-35W Mississippi River bridge in
Minneapolis, Minnesota, catastrophically collapsed during evening rush
hour into the river and onto the riverbanks beneath, killing thirteen
people and injuring 145 because of having insufficient structural
integrity for the weight and pressures placed upon the bridge while
Too often, when the pressures of life begin to bear down on Christians,
that is also when their integrity fails. You see, this relates to what
we were talking about concerning the letter verses the spirit of the
law. If you are under contract but your circumstances change, you could
probably find a lawyer somewhere who may help you connive your way out
of the contract.
If you have obligated yourself to something with a promise, I'm sure
that you can come up with some believable excuse for not keeping it.
But this "attempt to get out of an agreement, under pressure" is
exactly the bending, buckling and twisting that I am referring to.
These are all things that immediately precede an eventual catastrophic
failure as a result of a lack of integrity.
God fully expects us to keep and stand by our word; to see every
promise, contract or agreement through to its successful fulfillment,
and to operate in and live a life of integrity - just as Jesus did.