Posted by: jesuswarrior | February 26, 2007

Does the Carnal Christian Exist?

The vogue phrase in today’s Christian circles, is Carnal Christianity. This phrase is thrown about in today’s churches so that many people can justify their sin. If somebody is just living in complete sin, they say that they are a carnal Christian, and then they believe that they can go to heaven. They see Jesus Christ as insurance just so that they don’t have to go to hell. The chapter used to justify this lifestyle is 1 Corinthians 3. Paul refers to the Corinthian Church as carnal and not spiritual. Does this justify the fact that a person can sin and still be a Christian. But is this truly what the Bible is saying? No, I will let John Calvin explain what Paul is saying.

“He calleth them carnal, which are as yet ignorant, and therefore to express it better, he termeth them babes.”

What is Calvin saying here, He is saying that the Corinthians were not knowingly sinning but were ignorant as to what were sins. They were not growing in Christ. They were not using Christ as an excuse to sin. Therefore this passage does support the idea of carnal Christianity. But are there verses which oppose this idea. There are most definitely verses which oppose this view. Romans 6:1-2 What shall we say then, shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? CERTAINLY NOT. How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Paul is being expressly clear here in saying that a true Christian will not be carnal. He is not at all saying that a Christian will not sin. He is saying that a Christian WILL not live in a lifestyle of sin, as carnal Christianity teaches. To learn more check out this article written by Todd Friel…


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