The Carnal Spirit

The apostle Paul spoke a great deal about the carnal spirit that resides in some Christians. It was disappointing to him and damning to those who were guilty. We might wonder, however, what a carnal spirit really is.

In Romans 8:3-7 we get a clear idea. The carnal spirit is a spirit of doing what one wants to do, disregarding what the Lord said to do (cf. Luke 6:46). Paul speaks about “walking according to the flesh;” a descriptive term that means there is confusion in the mind of the individual concerning what path to take with regard to spirituality.

Elijah had to address this same spirit in the people who lived during his day. “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him” (1 Kings 18:21, NKJV). One translation has an insightful rendering of a part of the verse, “How long are you going to be paralyzed by indecision?” (NET).

The carnal spirit, therefore, is a spirit of confusion, indifference, and indecision. All this, to whatever degree experienced, contributes to a separation from the Lord. RT

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What is spirituality?

Since the word “spirituality” is not found in then Bible, I decided to look it up in the English dictionary. There I found that the word “spirituality” is a noun meaning “having the quality of being spiritual” (1st definition). The word “spiritual” is found in the Bible, so now we can easily tie “spirituality” to Biblical things.

Sometimes it is helpful to understand words in terms of what they are not. Spiritual is contrasted with carnal. 1 Cor 3:1-6. Those who are carnal have envy, strife, and divisions. Carnal people behave like men. The carnal mind is at enmity with God. Rom 8:7. Carnal people therefore are not Christ-like. Further, those who are spiritual are to restore those who are not — that is, those who are carnal. Gal 6:1.

So to me, one having “spirituality” means he/she does not have the qualities of the carnal but rather the spiritual. One who is spiritual has a spiritual tone or tendency in all said and done.

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