by Rick White

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The Consequences of a Carnal Christian (4 of 12)
Rick White
1 Corinthians 3:1-17

Introduction: Robert Robinson had been saved out of a tempestuous life of sin through George Whitefield's ministry in England. Shortly after that, at the age of twenty-three, Robinson wrote the hymn Come, Thou Fount.

Come Thou Fount of ev'ry blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.

Sadly, Robinson wandered far from those streams and, like the Prodigal Son, journeyed into the distant country of carnality. Until one day -- he was traveling by stagecoach and sitting beside a young woman engrossed in her book. She ran across a verse she thought was beautiful and asked him what he thought of it.

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I'm constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wand'ring heart to Thee.
Prone to wander--Lord, I feel it--
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here's my heart--O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.

Bursting into tears, Robinson said, "Madam, I am the poor unhappy man who wrote that hymn many years ago, and I would give a thousand worlds, if I had them, to enjoy the feelings I had then." [Kenneth W. Osbeck, 101 Hymn Stories, p. 52.]

What Robert Robinson was feeling on that day was the same thing that I believe a lot of believers feel when they move away from God - a sense of loss. Let me ask you this question; has there ever been a time when you felt closer to God than you do today? How long has it been since in the private part of your heart and soul you really had a fresh encounter with the living God? If it has been a long season then maybe the problem you are wrestling with is the same problem that some of the Corinthians were dealing with - carnality.

Sometimes when people first come to Christ there is such joy and exhilaration about their new life in Christ that they cannot ever imagine a ...

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