Church Enemy #2 – Carnal Thinking

The second enemy we need to be careful about in the Church is CARNALITY. Like enemy #1 – Compromise – (see yesterday’s blog) this too is subtle and can creep in very slowly and thus unnoticed.

One of the main reasons many believers are not reaching people for Christ and winning the lost is carnality. Instead of reflecting Christ’s nature, many believers and church leaders continue to reflect the world’s spirit of selfishness, rejection, and mutual condemnation. We are living in the world and acting like the world and non-believers are finding it hard to see the difference between a Christian and a non-Christian. They see little benefit or even need to consider the message of Jesus Christ because they don’t see any difference between themselves and those who say they are embracing the gospel. It seems to have made little difference in the way they live and conduct themselves.

This deals with more than the way we entertain ourselves, how we dress or talk, what we do with our spare time, or what we are involved in in the local community in which we live. It has to do with attitude and our thought lives. The way we are critical, judmental, negative, complaining, tearing down government or neighbors, writing off people we don’t like or don’t want to relate to. People notice these behaviors and also note that you are just like them. They don’t see the value of your Christian beliefs because your behavior and attitude are just like their’s.

Once again, Peter’s admonition comes to mind. We need to stay alert and guard ourselves against actions and especially attitudes that undermine our gospel message and belief in the resurrected Jesus Christ and the new way of life that He offers people.

This is especially true when we see the way churches criticize each other and how churches compare themselves to each other – numbers, worship style, facilities, leadership style, ministry philosophy, focus…

Again, Senior Pastor of NorthRidge Church in Plymouth, Michagin states it well.”God doesn’t love the megachurch, small church, traditional church or emerging church more or less than He loves the others. God loves the church that faithfully keeps its doors open to Him and those He loves (Revelation 3:20, Luke 15:7). And we would do well to love what God loves.”

God loves sinners and desires that they repent and come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Everything we do – the way we live – should give a good testimony to the difference that Jesus can and does make in a person’s life. This is true as well of the way we speak and especially true of how we see people and treat people. The root of this is what we think about and how we think because the book of Proverbs states that “as a person thinks, so they become“. So, we need to guard our thinking and be sure that daily we are feeding on spiritual bread and thus renewing our minds so that we have the mind of Christ in all situations and circumstances.

Otherwise we are simply CARNAL or worldly / fleshly and appear no different than those who do not know Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior. Carnality is public enemy #2 in the Church today. Guard against it!

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