Lukewarm Carnal Christian— Maybe Elvis Was Just a Carnal Christian -Todd Friel, Host of Wretched Radio, give us 8 Reasons why Lukewarm Carnal Christianity Should be Rejected.
Go to Lukewarm Christian to find out more info on exactly What is a Lukewarm Christian? Or if you would like to first take the Lukewarm Christian Test, to see if you are in danger of being a Lukewarm Christian.
By Todd Friel - Host of Wretched Radio
Imagine trying to lovingly confront a high profile evangelical to share your concern that his Gospel presentation wasn’t Biblical. Gulp. That is precisely what I did with Luis Palau several years ago prior to one of his mega-events.
I suggested he was giving the cure without explaining the disease of sin. Mr. Palau informed me that everyone has an overwhelming burden of guilt and it is not necessary for him to preach about their need for forgiveness.
Suspecting he might say that, I handed him a C.D. with a montage of people we interviewed on the street. We asked strangers, “Do you have an overwhelming burden of guilt?” The responses ranged from condescending disdain to outright laughter.
While Mr. Palau was very nice to me, he ultimately patted me on the head and said, “Be careful that you don’t fall into that Lordship salvation trap. Christians can be Carnal.”
Later that night at the Festival, Mr. Palau’s message included two profanities and proclamations like, “If Elvis had become a Christian, he would have been a rock star, but his life wouldn’t have turned out so bad.” He also informed the audience that if they would simply ask Jesus into their hearts, “The party starts right now.” A woman from my church who just buried her seven year old son almost rushed the stage…and not to sign a card.
His Gospel presentation, as our British friends would say, was “a complete dog’s breakfast.”
It is no surprise that the follow up statistics to crusades are so tragic. The backslider rate (or Carnal Christian rate) hovers around 90%.
It seems that Carnal Christianity and Gospel presentations that don’t include sin, righteousness and judgment go hand and hand.
In order to explain those statistics, the Minister must:
Option one is out of the picture. And so it is, since the early 20th century, modern day evangelicalism (thanks to Lewis Sperry Chafer and the Scofield Bible) has been proclaiming the oxymoron known as Carnal Christianity.
The support text for Carnal Christianity is:
Paul was warning the ignorant, sectarian Corinthians that they should not be divided into cliques.
That’s it. This text does not suggest that born-again believers can live like pagans. Paul was introducing them to new theology, not giving them license to sin. With all credit to Ernest C. Reisinger’s “A Carnal Christian,” here are:
Listen to the words of A.A. Hodge. “Think of a sinner coming to Christ and saying, ‘I do not want to be holy; I do not want to be saved from sin; I would like to be saved in my sins; do not sanctify me now, but justify me now.’”
That is ridiculous, isn’t it? And so is Carnal Christianity. Even Elvis would agree with that.
For More Info on Lukewarm Christians go to:
Lukewarm Christians - What is a Lukewarm Christian? What do they Look, Talk, Act Like?- Part 1
Lukewarm Christians - Lukewarm Christian Test - 10 Questions - Part 2
Lukewarm Christians - Advice for Lukewarm Christians From Jesus - Part 3
Lukewarm Christians - Laodicea Church (Rev 3:14-22) - Advice from Jesus - Part 4
Lukewarm Christians - Examine Your Faith - 11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation - Part 5
Lukewarm Christians - Todd Friel Article - Maybe Elvis Was Just a Carnal Christian - Part 6
Lukewarm Carnal Christianity—
"MAYBE ELVIS WAS JUST A CARNAL CHrISTIAN"