• John Hicks

The carnal christian is a mythological creature.

Being scripturally and grammatically illiterate is a sad state of mind and heart when it comes to scriptures. But this is where a lot of people find themselves today when they read Romans chapter 7. Most often it is easy for them to do so because otherwise it wrecks their doctrine in a bad way and it eliminates a large often used loophole for the justification of sin. The context for Romans 7, where it talks of the carnal man, is set in verses 5 and 6 and then Paul transitions directly to describing his past life to the audience by using the present tense. This is a common means of communication when it comes to explaining a situation involving past and present situations and in this case it is the contrast between living in sin and righteousness. Paul swings heavy into describing the carnal man in chapter 7 but then he swings back to the spiritual man in chapter 8. There is no hybrid man in chapter 7. The carnal christian is a mythological creature. If you claim to be a sinning or carnal christian, which does appear to be the case, then you need to repent and stop sinning or you will perish! For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. [6] But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. Romans 7:5-6 Look at it for what it is. Verse 5 is the setting for what follows in the remainder of chapter 7 and then verse 6 provides the setting for chapter 8. Context is key... 

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