Home » Sanctification » Preserve Your Integrity!

Preserve Your Integrity!

Charlie Wingard

Charlie Wingard

Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary Jackson and Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Yazoo City, Mississippi

View Full Profile →



A single sin is not an isolated act. If unchecked by genuine repentance, a pattern of behavior is formed that propels toward ruin. Breaking a promise, for example, becomes a habit, a soul-destroying way of life.

A pastor from a previous generation wisely warned:

“The preservation of integrity should be superior to all other considerations, and it is a miserable confession of weakness that the love of life or limb has been stronger than the love of virtue . . . It cannot be too earnestly inculcated upon the young that to break a pledge is apt to be followed by the total ruin of one’s virtue. Transgression is not a transitory thing. The single act is soon done and over, but it leaves an influence behind, which, like the adder’s poison, may grow and operate and spread until it reaches the seat of life and triumphs in the ruin of the victim.”

Source: James Henley Thornwell, The Collected Writings of James Henley Thornwell, vol. 2. 1875 (Banner of Truth, 1986), 559.

1 Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: