‘CARNALITY’ – God never called any preacher to let a church do what it wants to do!

Romans 8:5-8
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

  • There are many people sitting n pews today, that are carnal.
  • You don’t have to do anything to be carnal, just live any haphazard way, go to church, pay your tithes, sing in the choir, play in the band, teach Sunday School,  and you can still be carnal and fleshly and on your way to hell. There’s people that sing in choir, they teach Sunday School, they go to church, they sit on pews, but they’re going to hell because they don’t know God. They’re not spiritual. they’re carnal. They won’t make it.
  • Sometimes we just look at the outward and I believe in the outward holiness. But, you can look holy and be full of the devil.

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What is carnality? What does it mean. It means to be fleshly. It means the natural man is in control of the spirit instead of God. You’ve got to allow God to control your life. Satan is seeking you every day, to get control of you.

And there’s people that say that they’re doing God’s will and the things that God commands, but they’re doing the things the flesh commands.

There are churches that are worshipping God and they’re not worshiping in spirit and in truth. they’re worshiping in the flesh.[That is] golden calf worship. Just because it’s emotional, doesn’t mean it’s real. And God is an emotional God. He wants you to get emotional about your worship, but the devil’s emotional, too. So, you’ve gotta find out what the difference is.

It means to be natural instead of spiritual, when you’re carnal. 1 Corinthians 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
That word ‘foolishness’, in the greek, means ‘sillyness’. It means absurdity. In other words the natural man looks at the things of the spiritual man and thinks he’s foolish.

You cannot do the spiritual things that you would like to do unless you get sanctified, unless this flesh is crucified. That comes through the work of sanctification. Sanctification is a definite work that happens in your life. When you get born again, your sins are forgiven. The past is gone. You’re a new creature. But for you to retain that experience in the new birth, there has to be sanctification, a separation, another work tha gets ahold of you and helps you to walk in that spiritual experience that you had. The devil wants to bring that carnal nature back. He wants you to be fleshly, there’s continuous conflict. The carnal appetite of man, the flesh will desire to take over. But through the power of the blood of Jesus and His sanctification, you can live holy and please God!

Carnality causes divisions, envy, strife

Carnality causes divisions, envy, strife. I know of a preacher right now, I won’t name him. But they’re in a war in his church. They don’t want him. And from what I know of this church, I preached at it, not long ago. This church doesn’t even know Christ. They’re only a few in there that really know Christ. They’re fighting, they’re fussing. They’re mad because this preacher is just a young preacher. He went into that church and preached the Gospel. He stirred up the devil. It must have been that the predecessors before, they must not have done much preaching. In fact, I heard that a couple of the pastors that were there before this young man took this church, I heard that they made a statement that „we just let them do what they wanna do”. That is wrong! That is a sin! God never called any preacher to let a church do what it wants to do! God wants that preacher to preach doctrine, to preach truth and tell people how to live and get close to God. And when you have that kind of spirit in the church, you’re gonna have unity and blessings in the House of God. If you don’t have that, you’re gonna have chaos and fussing and fighting going on. And strife and division is going to plague the church. He’s gonna leave the church this Sunday, but God sent him there to uncover the sin in that church.

I’m gonna tell you church and listen to me clearly. There’s a lot of churches in the Church of God, where sin is prevalent in that church. There’s people that sit in the choir and committed adultery and fornication and sin. There’s churches where the laity don’t know anything about holiness, haven’t heard it preached in years. They don’t even know what it is. This church, here in Dallas is a church that believes in separation from the world. We believe in being holy, we believe in sanctification, we believe when Christ gets a hold of you, you’ll be different! You’re not gonna be like this world. You will be changed and you will be different. And what I like about is is you want to be [all that].

You’re not doing anything here against your will. You’ve got plenty of churches around here you could go to and dress any way you want to and live any way you want to live. I don’t wanna hobbyhorse things, but we have standards, we believe in holiness dress, separated dress, modesty. We believe in those things. But most churches don’t believe it anymore, they don’t care. You’ve got to care about spiritual things; you’ve got to desire to be spiritual, or, you will be carnal.

You don’t have to do anything to be carnal, just live any haphazard way, go to church, pay your tithes, sing in the choir, play in the band, teach Sunday School,  and you can still be carnal and fleshly and on your way to hell. There’s people that sing in choir, they teach Sunday School, they go to church, they sit on pews, but they’re going to hell because they don’t know God. They’re not spiritual. they’re carnal. They won’t make it.

1 Corinthians 3:3-7

3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

They were getting in trouble in the Corinthian church, they were becoming carnal. They had the gifts of the Spirit and [still] the apostle Paul had to straighten them out. They had certain preachers that they liked to hear preach. I told somebody one year and it kind of aggravated me, it made me a little bit mad. They asked me who was preaching in the camp meeting and they curled up their mouth and acted like they didn’t like it. That’s carnality. Everyone who preaches in this pulpit, I don’t care who they are, if they live right and they live by the Bible, then they’re just as good as the best orator I could put in this pulpit. Thank God for the preachers that can really declare the word. Yes, we like to hear them, cause they have more ability, but it doesn’t matter who is preaching, as long as they live right and they’re sincere and they’re preaching the Gospel, we ought to back their preaching. Paul let them know right quick, „I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.” So, envy, divisions and strife get a hold of a church, and I’ve seen it happen.

We don’t need to let the church be run by the world in any fashion. When you get to where you wanna put your borther out, you better go back to an altar. You’re to love your enemies and pray for them that spitefully use you. That’s walking in the Spirit. The devil would create anything in this church, to cause strife and envy and division, if he can. But we’re not gonna yield to that. We’re walking in the Spirit, we love one another, our eyes are on heaven, the Holy Ghost is coming down and one day we will be going up, because we are not carnal, we are spiritual people. Ephesians 4:1-3 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. I don’t think we ought to be running people down, talking about them That’s carnality.

Carnality causes evil imaginations

Carnality causes evil imaginations. Psalm 94:11 The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity. Thoughts of man, carnal, natural thoughts will cause you to think evil things about somebody. It may not even be true, the devil wants you to have something against somebody, to create friction. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 6:16-19

16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

 God said He hates these things. Verse 18 talks about a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations. Every high thing that exalted itself against God must be brought into subjection, in Jesus Christ. Don’t allow the enemy to get your heart to have evil against somebody. If you’ve got a problem, come and tell that person and straighten it out. Don’t talk about then, don’t do things like that. Go to them. If you think your brother has something against you, go to him, and Him alone. And straighten it out, „I need you. You’re my brother. You’re my sister. I need your love, I need your strength. You need me. We need one another.” A church can only be as strong as the unity in the Spirit of that church. But when flesh gets in and carnality rules, you will lose the move of the Holy Ghost in the anointing of His power.

Carnality causes people to gossip and sow discord

In that same chapter, Proverbs 6:19 it tells you ‘and he that soweth discord among brethren.‘ That word, discord, in hebrew means to execute judgment, to cause strife, make people feel evil toward one another. You’ve got to be careful. Somebody comes into church, you don’t know them, and they don’t know you. Maybe they’re not like us. They don’t look like us and we wanna look at them and judge them wrong, and say, „Well, what are they doing here? Why are they dressed this way? Why are they in this place?” It’s because God might have brought them here so they could see some light. They don’t need some kind of barrier put up  before they hear the truth. They need to have the devil out of them, we need to shine the light of the Gospel. We need to think right, live right, dress right and give a hand to those that are in distress and need God. There’s a world that needs the light of Jesus and the churches that live in this world to turn them to Christ.

We can become selfish in our attitude, selfish in what we believe. And a lot of people don’t know any better. I wanna tell you who bothers me. It’s those that know better. They were raised in it and they compromised. They’ll go back from what they were taught and then they’ll look at you like you’re some kind of strange person because you didn’t give in to what they gave in to. That’s what bothers me. I’m not bothered by people who never heard holiness before and don’t know anything about it. I’m talking about the holiness of spirit, soul, mind and body. I’m not talking about nit picking here and there. I’m talking about the whole man: he’s got everything straight. he’s got the love of God, the Holy Ghost flows through him like a river. And he has influence because he’s been with God and God’s been with him. That’s what we need in the church. It is a spiritual power that brings man to an altar. It is the Sprit and power of God that heals the sick, raises the dead and sets the captive free.

I’ve learned by my own experience, the closer you get to God, the less talking you’re going to do about your brother and sister. When you get close enough to God and you’re gonna say something wrong, you’re gonna stop. I’m not supposed to be tearing you down, I’m supposed to be lifting you up. Discord is a terrible thing. James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. I don’t care if you run the aisles (as an usher), I don’t care if you talk in tongues, I don’t care if you sing beautiful, if you’re running your mouth all the time. you’re gonna lose your influence. This tongue is sanctified  and when this tongue is baptized in the Holy Ghost, it is the last member of the body to fall under subjection, the tongue.

When flesh gets in it, destruction follows. We ought to want the fellowship of our brothers and sisters instead of dividing. We ought to bring unity to each one in the church. That’s God’s will for our lives. Galatians 5:15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. We will be consumed, if we’re not careful.

Carnality causes jealousy

Song of Solomon 8:6 says ‘…jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.‘ Jealousy will destroy people. If a man preaches better than me, so be it. I am not in a preaching contest. I’m the man of God that God called me to be. He gave me the gift He wants me to have. He gave me the ability to preach what He wants me to preach. I’m not in a contest. I’m here to tell you the truth. I’m telling you, if you live right and you live the word of God, you’re not gonna be carnal.

Carnality causes wrath

James 1:20  For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. You can get so mad at somebody til you wanna knock their teeth out. As long as you’re in this body, the flesh is lingering around your door. Get full of God! Get full of the Holy Ghost! There’s been times I’ve had to do it, cause I let the flesh have control for a minute or so. Sometimes we just look at the outward and I believe in the outward holiness. But, you can look holy and be full of the devil. Some of the ‘holiest’ looking people are the quickest to get angry. You’re not gonna argue, because you’re not living in carnality, you’re not walking in the flesh. You’re walking in the Spirit. Too many times, we want to convert people ourselves. You can talk about them, you can run them down, you can criticize them, but the problem with them is they’re not walking in the Spirit. Let them get in the Spirit and we’re gonna believe, basically, the same things.

We’re not gonna be splintered in the church with all kinds of doctrine, all kinds of beliefs. You can find anything in the Pentecostal church today. You can find rock and roll Pentecost. If you went to their church, you’d think it was a rock concert and they look like rock and rollers. I don’t wanna be around that. Carnality will destroy the church.

Galatians 5:21 as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

He had just listed a bunch of the works of the flesh before this Scripture and he says, „If you do those things, you will not inherit the kingdom of God, you will not come into the presence of God.

What’s the cure for carnality?

A spirit filled life. There is no place for the flesh where God rules. We get a Spirit filled life and joy is coming, love, peace, long suffering, goodness, faith, these things follow an experience of a Spirit filled life. It can’t be any different. And if it is, it’s not God, it’s of the flesh , it’s carnal and it’s damnable to the soul and it will take a person to hell. I’m glad I know Him. Praying instead of talking is a good thing. Ask yourself: Am I Better or am I worse? Will I make things better or will I make things worse?  (Notes from the first 40 minutes of the message)

Sermon by Pastor D. R. Shortridge – Dallas NC Church of God (8-6-2014)

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