Are You A Carnal Christian My Friend?
By Pastor Lee Hemen
April 17, 2009
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. (Philippians 2:3)
Are you a carnal Christian? The tendency of today’s Christian reinforces the idea that many are only looking out for number one, El-Numero Uno, themselves. Today’s believer is more spiritually myopic than any generation since Jesus walked this earth. When you have a mega-church that boasts 35,000 through its doors on any given weekend, yet fewer than 3% of those who turn its stiles tithe, and fewer still who actually serve in any capacity, then you’ve got trouble with a capital “T” and that rhymes with “C” and that stands for carnal! Carnal Christian my friend. Well, either you’re closing your eyes to a situation you do now wish to acknowledge or you are not aware of the caliber of disaster indicated by the absence of Bible reading or praying in your community. You got trouble, my friend, right here, I say, trouble right here in River City. Well… you get my drift. While mega churches go more mega, few are impacting the megalopolis they exist in.
I say that any boob can read a Christian best-seller and think they are purpose driven for the Lord, when in fact they know next to nothing about Scripture or the will of God in this world. The size of your Bible in church does not matter. What matters is the lack of scriptural knowledge thereof. And I call that sloth. The first big step on the road to the depths of degradation. Then it’s okay to sip medicinal wine from a teaspoon, then beer from a bottle! I’m gonna be perfectly frank. Would you like to know what kind of conversation goes on while they’re loafin’ around that kind of church? They’re tryin’ out tats, tryin’ out lip rings, tryin’ out tailor mades like cigarette fiends! And braggin’ all about how they’re gonna cover up a tell-tale sin with churchy words. Friends, the idle brain is the devil’s playground!
Now, I have certainly had a little bit of fun with this but it rings truer than we would like to admit. Why are Christians quick to excuse their ungodliness and slow to do what they know is righteous? Many no longer are living for the Lord and His kingdom work. Church is now about us, our needs, and what we want. Mission work is reduced to ministry vacations and biblical knowledge redacted to reading the latest and greatest fictional mystical best seller about a shack! God is only in control of our lives as long as we feel like He is or when we want Him to be.
Paul wrote the Philippian Christians to “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” Whenever we view our church attendance as a way to get a quick spiritual fix, a baby-sitting service, or a self-help service we have trouble at the core of our Christianity. We are selfishly motivated, fond of ourselves, and desire only what is best for me for the moment and do not have our eyes fixed on “the author and perfecter of our faith,” Jesus Christ.
Christians of River City! Heed my warning before it’s too late! Watch for the tell-tale signs of corruption! The moment you leave the house, do you wear ungodly clothing in order to fit in rather than exemplify the Lord? Is there a nicotine stain on your index finger? A printing of “The Shack” hidden in the glove box of your vehicle? Are you starting to make excuses for your ungodly behavior? Are certain words creeping into your conversation? Words like “My right?” And “It’s my life?” Well, if so my friends, you’ve got trouble, right here in River city! With a capital “T”, that rhymes with “C”, and that stands for carnal.
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