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“There is one body and one Spirit — just as you were called to one hope at your calling — one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.”
Ephesians 4:4‭-‬6 HCSB

Integrity means to be in perfect condition. Some phones are known as waterproof but some conditions will not render them so. So where certain debilitating conditions exist, the integrity of the phone as waterproof may become questionable.

This applies to the church – we must not be found exhibiting certain characteristics, else our integrity will be questioned. To summarise this, we must not be found acting contrary to the word of God.

Jesus died for a church with integrity. The word “one” which recurred many times in our anchor scripture refers to integrity.

In Ephesians 5:26-27, Paul, explaining the relationship that should exist between a husband and his wife said Jesus died for the church, and that “He did this to present the church to Himself in splendour, without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless. – Ephesians 5:27 HCSB

This “without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless” can be summarised as integrity. And as children of God, we must exhibit these attributes. If God has integrity, His church must have the same. One of the areas this attribute should be expressed is in the area of doctrine.

In Galatians 1:6-8, Paul, amazed at how the church in Galatia was turning to another gospel separate from the grace in Christ Jesus, said:

“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel other than what we have preached to you, a curse be on him!”
Galatians 1:8 HCSB

This is how serious this matter of integrity with the doctrine is. Integrity prevents perversion. As children of God, we must be particular about the message. The church should be united but to achieve this, we must attack the inconsistencies in our midst. We must be united in faith and doctrine in accordance with God’s word.

In 2021, we must teach the proper doctrine of Christ. Let’s march on with fervour emphasizing the truth of the gospel. We must fight for the consistency of the doctrine.

A dispensation of believers are leaving the scene soon, what are we going to do with the message? If we are going to do better by the Spirit of God, we must embrace the true doctrine of Christ as preached in the Bible. No more, no less.

Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 23:13-24, Romans 5:12-21, Psalms 54, Numbers 15-17.

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