THE DEADLINESS OF CARNALITY
Jesse M. Hendley
If you have your Bibles, friends, turn with me now to
the Book of Romans, chapter 8, verses 7 and 8. This is
an important passage from God's Holy Word, and I hope
it will be a real blessing to your heart.
Our study today is "The Deadliness of Carnality," the
awful warning to the carnal-minded. "The carnal mind
is at enmity against God: It is not subject to the law
of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are
in the flesh cannot please God."
God divided all people into two classes. They are
either "in the flesh" or "in the Spirit." "In the
flesh" means carnal-minded. The word "carnality" comes
from the Latin, carnalis, which means, "flesh", and
flesh is the opposite of the Spirit, the life that is
lived without the Holy Spirit of God and without His
Most people think that if they are pretty decent and
pretty good, and don't murder anybody nor do
exceedingly wicked things, they are all right. But God
says that just to be "carnally minded" is DEATH. If
you are not in the Spirit you are in the flesh. If you
are not obeying the Voice of the Holy Spirit in your
life, if you haven't let Him into your life by
accepting Christ, if you are not letting Him take
charge, if you are not letting your life be ruled by
the Spirit, then you ARE letting it be ruled by the
FLESH. And remember, flesh cannot inherit the kingdom
of God! Flesh is under condemnation. So we have the
deadliness of carnality in this passage.
The carnal mind is said to be, by God, "at enmity
against God." It is God's ENEMY! The flesh does not
obey Him. It is contradictory to Him. It is rebellious
to Him. It cannot please Him. That is what the carnal
mind is. It is a refusal to be subject to God, to do
God's will It is the very opposite of living by every
word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. When you
see a person living his own life apart from God, ...
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