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My Moral Integrity is Not For Sale By Ryan Rice

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As I was scrolling through Facebook the other day, I was shocked at what I saw—another Pastor intertwined in a web of immorality and shame for living a secret lifestyle. It hit closer to home because I knew this pastor. As I read the news article, I was stunned at the allegations and the reality of the fallout that this reprehensible sin would have on his family and church. I immediately walked into the other room, knelt with my wife and prayed for grace and mercy upon our lives, marriage and ministry. I was left with this thought: no amount of celebrity, growth, or relevance is worth your integrity.

I am thankful that early on in my walk with Christ, my pastor repeatedly taught about being a man of integrity. He once told the story of a business man who had success, a beautiful wife, kids, and a great name in the community. Yet, this same man was willing to gamble his integrity away in an adulterous relationship with his secretary. I will never forget my pastor’s words: “Is it worth it? Is it worth loosing everything you have for a fleeting moment of pleasure? Brothers, the devil will tell you that the grass is greener on the other side, but it is a lie. You’re better off grazing where the Lord has you.”

Proverbs 5:8 warns not to go down the path of the immoral woman: “Keep your way far from her. Don’t go near the door of her house. Otherwise, you will give up your vitality to others and your years to someone cruel.” Walking down the broad path of sexual immorality is extremely costly. In fact, Proverbs 5 goes on to tell us that a life down this path will lead to:

  • loss of honor
  • loss of all you have achieved
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