Recently I found an old “friend” on my bedside bookcase , The Integrity of God , written by the late R.B. Thieme, Jr. The book was first published in 1979 and the fourth edition in 2005. I’ve read the book from cover to cover numerous times since first encountering the book in 1982. It is one of my most prized possessions, ranking just below the Holy Bible itself, my spiritual foundation, my family, and my friends. The Integrity of God details the attributes and essence of God, and our intricate relationship with Him like no other book that I have ever read, other than God’s Holy Scripture.
Robert Thieme, Jr. was a unique guy, born into the lap of luxury in Beverly Hills, California. He graduated from the University of Arizona before World War II with degrees in Greek and Hebrew, an ROTC Commission, and with outstanding athletic accomplishments in football and boxing.
While waiting to be called to active duty in the military, Thieme enrolled in the Dallas Theological Seminary. On active duty in the United States Army Air Corp, Thieme rapidly moved up in rank to that of Lt. Colonel. At the end of WWII, Robert Theime resigned his commission and forfeited a fast track to becoming a “star” in the United States Air Force. Instead Theime re-enrolled at the Dallas Theological Seminary. Not only did Theime leave a great military career opportunity, but by enrolling in the Dallas Theological Seminary and declaring his life work to be learning and teaching the infallible Word of God, he lost a substantial financial inheritance from his family.
In 1950 Theime accepted the offer to become pastor of Beracha Church in Houston, Texas. For the next 53 years, Robert Thieme, Jr. faithfully studied, prepared, and taught the Word of God . During those fifty-three years of studying, preparing, and faithfully teaching, Thieme recorded more than 11,000 hours of lectures and wrote more than 100 books, covering much of the Bible, verse by verse, translating them from their original language.
Thieme begins each of his books with the same Preface and Introduction with some wonderful Bible scripture verses. He cautions:
“Before you begin your Bible study, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, be sure that you have named your sins privately to God the Father.
If we confess our known sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive our known sins and to cleanse us from all unknown or forgotten sins and unrighteousness.” (l John 1:9)
You will then be in fellowship with God, filled with the Holy Spirit, and ready to learn Bible doctrine from the word of God.
“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in the filling of the spirit and Biblical truth.” (John 4:24)
If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, the issue is not naming your sins. The issue is faith in Christ alone.
“He who believes in the Son has eternal life, but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:36)
“The word of God is alive and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of the soul and the spirit, and of the joints and the marrow, and
is a critic of thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
“All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the Man of God might be mature, thoroughly furnished unto all good
works.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
God has always possessed integrity as part of His eternal, infinite, and perfect will.