By Harold Smith
QUESTION: What or who is a carnal Christian? And are they saved?
ANSWER: These are two or three very important questions. In
1 Cor. 2:14, we read about the “natural man”. In 3:1 we read about the
‘spiritual and carnal’ men.
The natural man is the unsaved unregenerate man still in his sins and
lost. He lives for what he can get and is not concerned about God and
The spiritual man has been born again and is saved. He is
characterized by the fruit of the Spirit in Gal 5:22. The
evidence of his birth is showing in his life, as he lives and witnesses
to others about Christ.
The carnal man is saved, but he lives like the natural man.
He pursues the same things, lives the same lifestyle, watches the same
filthy things on T.V. Some commit adultery and fornication, love
pleasure more than the things of God. Might pray when they go to
bed, but show not interest in pursuing the things and people of God.
To see them, they look, talk, and dress like the rest of the
world. They seek the things of self and not of God.. They
are what Rom. 12:2 says, “. . . .conformed to this world.. . ..” They
live between two worlds. They do not enjoy either of them. They are of
all most miserable. If they have been born again, then they are saved.
They could possibly never have been born again. The Lord along
knows who are His. If saved, they will be ashamed before the Lord when
He comes. 1 John 2:28. And now, little children, abide in him; that,
when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before
him at his coming. They will have no rewards and will suffer loss at
the Judgment Seat of Christ 1 Cor. 3:15.If any man’s work shall be
burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as
by fire. He will be ashamed of them. Mark 8:38, Whosoever therefore
shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful
generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh
in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
Dear Reader, which are you? A Natural, Carnal or Spiritual
All comments and questions to: Harold
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