What Is a Carnal Christian?Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines carnal as:
1. Pertaining to flesh; fleshly; sensual; opposed to spiritual; as carnal pleasure.
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, temporal, or
(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. 7Because 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 askingand seeking the Lord to search us and help us to be pure inour daily walk and to be conformed to Christ image. This ishow 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 uncleaness and filthiness. Therefore, whenever you sin, youare 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." Matt. 7:23"But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it NOT be once named among you, as becometh saints."Ephesians 5:3