The Carnality of the American Church

Friday is for Heart Songs

It is almost beyond dispute that the  21st Century church in America is filled with base elements and is a shadow of what Christ would have us be in holiness and purity. We are less than what we ought to be, less than what we could be, and spiritually impoverished compared to the spiritual resources at our disposal. We are like children playing with an abundance of spiritual toys without knowing anything of their value.

We have Bibles and Bible translations and resources at the press of a mouse click, that would cause previous generations of suffering saints to weep with joy over possessing. But still, our study and meditation on the word of God is almost completely haphazard and trifling. Our commitment to mission and church planting wanes and we spend almost all of our resources on ourselves rather than taking the gospel to the least, the lost, and the last. Paul’s words to the Corinthians are completely appropriate to us:

And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people
but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ.

—-1 Corinthians 3:1

In the 20th century, A.W. Tozer echoed the same Pauline sentiment, and his observation of the church 50 years ago is more true today.

“I believe that it might be well for us if we just stopped all of our business and got quiet and worshiped God and waited on Him. It doesn’t make me popular when I remind you that we are a carnal bunch, but it is true, nevertheless, that the body of Christians is carnal. The Lord’s people ought to be a sanctified, pure, clean people, but we are a carnal crowd. We are carnal in our attitudes, in our tastes and carnal in many things. Our young people often are not reverent in our Christian services. We have so degraded our religious tastes that our Christian service is largely exhibitionism. 

We desperately need a divine visitation-for our situation will never be cured by sermons! It will never be cured until the Church of Christ has suddenly been confronted with what one man called the mysterium tremendium*–the fearful mystery that is God, the fearful majesty that is God. This is what the Holy Spirit does. He brings the wonderful mystery that is God to us, and presents Him to the human spirit.
—–A.W. Tozer; The Counselor, 66-67.

*  the mystery that is both awe-inspiring and fascinating, enthralling to the heart and animating for all of our affections.

“Lord, we need you. We need a new fervor for you, a new passion to pursue you with the whole of our being. Break us, melt us, mold us, fill us with yourself, that we might overflow with new, fresh, living water for the world and for your greater glory. In Jesus name, Amen.”


3 thoughts on “The Carnality of the American Church

  1. Amen! I pray that Jesus will remove the plank that blinds many of us from seeing our carnality. Lord, help us to see as you see, repent and seek to do only Your will.

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  2. I agree!! We are now busy advancing our own glory and we advertise every good works in various media we do for the poor for people to praise us. We are so different from the early church. The early church was so busy and so committed in spreading the good news to the lost and they worked tirelessly and sacrificially to ensure that all heard the good news of the Kindgom of God because they were like God unwilling that anyone should perish but that all may have eternal life. Do we take pleasure in seeing others dying in sin? Is not this an emergency that we should also share quickly with others the good news of the Kingdom of God that no one should perish but have everlasting life? Would we be happy if our own children or relatives died in sin and not have everlasting life? If not then we must do whatever is within our power and means to ensure that all hear the good news. However, we should humble ourlselves and search for the true God and the truth and be committed to obeying Him through His available power.

    We have to respect God and His commandements. Today the Church tries to change God to conform to what we require. We make our own towers of babel for own names and glory. we have formed our churches bearing our own chosen names, with our own leadership structures, with our own headquarters unlike the heavenly headquarters that the Apostle Paul referred to, etc. Jesus said he would build His own church. No man owns her. we say we are the best, we are the ones that know the truth unlike others when we are supposed to point all to God and the truth. We exhort ourselves like the Pharisee that went to the temple to pray to God. The Church has its own doctrines and not ready to search for the truth and not ready to conform to the truth. In short the church is filled with pride and unteachable spirit. We choose what to obey. the hundreds of differing denominations is a sign of this. We have our own heads or presidents instead of Jesus Christ.

    If you compare all these areas with the early church you will see the differences. We condemn and mock the lost and the deceived. We preach about them and talk about how bad they are. Jesus Christ never came to condemn the world but to save them. God Himself loved the world and sent His son to die for them including myself. Where is room for boasting then??? Why talk about how lost others are or how decived others are instead of them going to them and show them the correct way?? Is that the mind of Christ??

    Change or revival must start with all individuals that have noticed that we have gone astray. I should myself change or repent and ask God to revive me and walk rightly that othes may learn. If the church is carnal then for change to happen, individuals like yourself and myself should change first and influence change. I feel I will contribute once I do something about it by changing myself. Revival should start with myself or yourself. everyone has to start with themselves and this is the starting point. Let us thereafter make disciples of Jesus Christ and not denominational converts. Christ prayed for unity for His disciples in John 17:17-17-26 but we are now working against this unity thereby helping the devil. We have to recognise and love all Christ’s disciples scattered everywhere and be committed to helping them if need be.

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  3. Now that we have noticed that the church is carnal, let us do something about it because God has shown us our state that we may take action like the church in the olden days used to do. Ask yourself what you can do about it or contribute towards helping the church out of this undesirable condition. I am already thinking and praying for guidance about what i should do about it myself.

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