Carnal or Christian?
A Sermon on Romans 8:5-8
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. (ESV)
There is a sharp distinction between a Christian and non-Christian according to the Apostle Paul. As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones elaborates in this message on Romans 8:5-8, the non-Christian is “under the flesh.” Some popular interpretations of this passage, however, miss this distinction, and instead, posit a distinction between Christians. They will say there are two kinds of Christians. On the one hand, you have “spiritual” Christians and on the other “carnal” Christians. In this sermon, Dr. Lloyd-Jones argues against the “carnal” Christian view. What emerges from the biblical text is a devastating picture of the “natural man.” The natural man, according to Dr. Lloyd-Jones, is a man of the “flesh.” His mind is opposed to the things of God. He is an enemy of God, and he refuses to submit to the Law of God. Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us that good, cultured, and well-spoken Chrisitans are just as much under God’s wrath as regular sinners. Listen to this sobering message on the spiritually dead man and be encouraged that God has put life into us in Christ.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.