Ah, alliteration. Gotta love it.
Here we go: *deep breath* I hate Carnal Christianity.
What is Carnal Christianity? You just asked a very good question.
Carnal Christianity is the practice of attending church or some form of worship service during the week, praying on Sunday, giving money to the church and possibly even participating in various study groups and community activities, but when the fellowship of believers has dispersed, there is a reversion to the old lifestyle.
Some examples include:
– drug use
– inappropriate jokes or comments
– sexual promiscuity
Now, I’m not the best person to talk about this because I’ve been there. I have been a carnal Christian.
There are even moments when now, as I dig deeper into God’s Word, I find myself still practicing some of the things that I don’t want to do. It brings me back to Paul’s complaint in his letter to the Romans: “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” (Romans 7:15)
In some way, Paul struggled with certain sins that he wanted so badly to do away with. “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24)
We all struggle with sins from time to time. We all fail at different points. After all, we are all sinners.
But here’s the difference between Carnal Christians and followers of Jesus:
Carnal Christians show little to no remorse for their sinful, hypocritical actions. Followers of Jesus repent and seek forgiveness from the one true Father.
Paul even takes this a step further, “Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them, but give approval to those who practice them.”
These carnal Christians applaud those who follow in the same footsteps.
Followers of Jesus would rather lead people to the road of repentance and lead people to and back to Jesus.
Now, these Carnal Christians are also Cannibalistic Christians.
Here’s what I mean:
They will practice sinful acts, then condemn people who live differently, and they condemn fellow Christians for a different type of lifestyle. They will attack one another if necessary instead of stepping out in love and faith. For lack of better terms, they eat their own kind and gnaw on the bones.
They are cannibals. Cannibalistic Christians. They will eat you alive.
Beware of these men and women. They will lead you astray. Remember, when you accept Jesus and identify with Him in His death and resurrection through baptism, you are a new creation. The old has passed away. You are now dead to sin.
Therefore, as Paul says, “Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.” (Romans 6:13-14)
Live free, but live smart. Live right. Live a life for Christ.