Many Christians excuse their lust by saying they are just “Carnal Christians’ and thinking they will be excused from adultery, fornication, thefts of different kinds, white lies and black lies, gain-sayings and greed and covetousness. Just because they say they are “Not Spiritual Christians.” Just barely saved, but they will be satisfied to make it into heaven like that! They keep their fornication, their greed, their worldliness, and riches, and still have confidence they are going to heaven because false teachings have been given to them.
My Bible clearly says that no covetous person can enter heaven! No lair, nor anyone that loves lies can enter into heaven, no drunkards, no adulterer, no murderer, and all the things written in Galatians 5:19-21. So, let us look at the Scriptures that deal with carnality.
Romans 7:14-15 and 8:1-9 is all one passage. Star tin Romans 7:14 and read thru Romans 8:9. Here Paul explains that before Jesus Christ has set him free from the law of sin and death. That he could not do the things he wanted to do. With his mind he served God, and wanted to do right. But, a stronger law was at warring in his members, bring him into captivity to the law of sin “which is in my members, bring him,” vs. 23 and he cries “O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”
Vs. 25 gives the answer, “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Then chapter 8, verse 2 adds “for the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. Vs. 6 “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritual minded is life and peace.” Vs. 7 “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God, for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So, then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”
God is not going to have enemies in heaven! You will have to learn to pleas God, if you expect to enter heaven! (See, John 15:1-7) Vs. 9 “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His!. In 1 Corinthians 3:1,3 … the whole chapter deals with what carnal babies in Christ are, and how they act. “Envying, strife, and divisions” show carnality, but notice not once did Paul mention any of the sins recorded in Galatians 5:19-21.
Liking one preacher more than another … going to hear one preacher, but refusing to attend the revival if someone else comes to preach … pouting when you are corrected … not liking a preacher that preaches against your love of the world, etc … these are marks of carnality. Babies in Christ that don’t like straight preaching only want to be entertained with gifts and music, but they don’t want to take responsibility and work. Until we do grow up and learn to handle responsibility, God is not going to use us greatly.
In 2 Corinthians, Paul, says that “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but are might through God to the pulling down of strong holds.” Comparing this scripture with 1 Corinthians 9:11, Paul says, “If we have sown unto you spiritual things, it is a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?” This does not mean things of sin … but it means wheat, and corn, and things to eat.
Colossians 2:18 speaks of being “puffed up in our minds” as being carnal. Folks that do things for a show will sooner or later have to grow up and do things that are right, whether people life it or not. Hebrews 7:16 “Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.” This means a commandment given by men.
Hebrews 9:10 speaks of “carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.” These are ordinances or practices we do to help us remember the Lord. But, no where in the Scriptures does it say a man can practice sin in any way and still be a Christian!
Assignment: Search all the Scriptures and write down the important points in each Scripture that tell what the flesh does and what God is going to do to all who do the works of the flesh. So from now on, remember, that a carnal Christian may be be a baby in the Lord, but no saved man, woman, boy or girl commits sins that God tells them will take them to hell! May the Lord God richly bless you as you daily seek His divine will for your life in Christ Jesus.