Hello, John and Doves,
Virra, by and large, I think you have
exhibited outstanding biblical exegesis.
However, I have a problem with one of your
You said, "Every sin
and temptation originates with the devil." at the start of paragraph 7.
I agree that the devil is our
adversary. He is even now called "the tempter."
However, I think it would be a tactical
error to give the enemy too much credit.
I read in the book of James,
"But every man is tempted,
when he is drawn away of his own lust,
and enticed." James 1:16
To know that the lust originates with us gives us a
way out of temptation--which is to resist.
Indeed, it is written,
"No temptation has seized you except what is common to
man. And God is faithful;
will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are
will also provide a way out so that
you can stand up under it." 1 Corinthians 10:13
Again, it is written,
"Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."
The purpose of submitting ourselves to God is, as you
said, to be holy. That is to say,
"Flee sexual immorality.
Every sin that a man does is outside the body,
he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body." 1
Indeed, Our Lord, Himself, said,
"But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman
lustfully has already
with her in his heart."
The bottom line?
"As obedient children, do
not conform to the evil desires you had
when you lived in ignorance. But
just as he who called you is holy,
so be holy in all you do; for it is
written: 'Be holy, because I am holy.' "
1 Peter 1:14-16, quoting Lev. 11:44,45;
I believe we have reached the same conclusion.
Am I right?
To All Carnal Christians"
Is a Carnal Christian?
Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines carnal as:
1. Pertaining to flesh; fleshly; sensual; opposed to spiritual; as
2. Being in the natural state; unregenerate.
3. Pertaining to the ceremonial law; as carnal ordinances. Heb. 9:10.
4. Lecherous; lustful; libidinous; given to sensual indulgence.
Strong’s Concordance defines “carnal” as used in 1 Cor 3 this way:
>From G4561; pertaining to flesh, that is, (by extension) bodily,
(by implication) animal, unregenerate: — carnal, fleshly.
It is obvious that the word carnal describes someone who is not
regenerated. It describes someone who is still under the control of
fleshly desires as opposed to someone who is under the control of the
Spirit of God.
For to be carnally minded is
death; but to
be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for
it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. Rom. 8:6-7
---- Carnal Christians according to the above
text are essentially enemies of God. There is no such thing as a carnal
Christian. You can either choose to live holy and abstain from sinful
habits and actions or live in carnality(spiritual death) and end up
lost. There is no middle ground.
There are no perfect Christians anywhere except
Christ who walked perfectly. However, we are to strive or contend
earnestly to fight sin and temptation in our lives. Daily asking
and seeking the Lord to search us and help us
to be pure in
our daily walk and to be conformed to Christ
image. This is
how the bride will become spotless and without
blemish or any wrinkle.
Every sin and temptation originates with the
devil. The fastest way to defeat sin in your life is to recognize that
sin is uncleanness and filthiness. Therefore, whenever you sin, you
are in essence giving consent to evil and
demonic spirits that are trying to entice and seduce you away from
complete obedience to Christ. The faster Christians realize this trick
of the devil the quicker they will be to renounce sins in their lives
and not compromise with devils.
...."And, let every
one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity."
2 Tim. 2:19
"Abstain from ALL
appearance of evil." 1 Thess. 5:22
"....depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
"But fornication, and all uncleanness, or
covetousness, let it NOT be
once named among you, as becometh saints."