Are There Carnal Christians? What Are Carnal Christians?

Does the Bible say that Christians can be carnal? If so, what does that mean?

Carnality

The word “carnal” comes from the Greek word “sarkikos” which means “fleshly” or “carnal” and means “having the nature of flesh” or “being under control of the animal appetites.” You can picture a dog snarling while eating his meal. The dog only cares for himself and those who try to get in his way while he’s eating had better watch out! The ESV and NASB use the correct translation of the word “carnal” into what it actually is, “flesh.” That’s what the Greek word means and that’s the context in which the Apostle Paul wrote about it in 1st Corinthians chapter 3. He writes in the context of the way we used to live, in the flesh, and for the most part, living only for ourselves. We were more like that dog growling at mealtime than the owner who provided the meal. That’s what being carnal or fleshly is all about. It’s almost like the narcissist; it is all about the self, personal preferences, aspirations, and needs. Living in the flesh can put blinders on us, which means, we only see our own needs and not the needs of others. Apparently, that’s what the Corinthian’s were like; at least in the beginning.

Read more: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/christiancrier/2017/03/20/are-there-carnal-christians-what-are-carnal-christians/

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2 Responses

  1. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    PAUL SAID SOME WERE BEING CARNAL—BUT WITH CHRIST, IT IS ALL IN OR NOTHING! CARNAL CHRISTIANS? HYPOCRITES? DISCIPLES TOO TAKEN IN BY THE WORLD?

  2. EXCELLENT EXEGESIS AND USE OF THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGES!

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