INOCULATED CARNAL CHRISTIANS
Christians who keep GOD at arms length are in much peril. Satan finds many ways to convince wanta-be Christ-followers that the way he choses to be a Christian is an adequate way. This satisfaction can be labeled “inoculation” for it makes him feel safe that all will turn out well in the end. The enemy makes his life pleasant enough.
“It may impart just enough light to the mind to leave its atheism without excuse, but it cannot impart enough light to convince the soul of its sinfulness, guilt, exposure to the wrath of a holy God, and its need of a Savior” Octavius Winslow (ref#135, May 25th).
Carnal Christians have a zeal for GOD but do not walk in tandem with Him. They consider themselves inoculated and thus not in need of CHRIST the Physician. “They work for Christ in a certain way, but we can scarcely recognize the true sanctification of the Spirit…” Andrew Murray (ref#272, p14).
“One grain of the truth of God experienced in the heart is more valuable and precious than the whole system in the head only….Welcome whatever makes you more acquainted with God…Welcome the cross, though it may be heavy; welcome the cup, though it may be bitter…welcome the wound, though it may be deep. Welcome to your heart whatever increases your knowledge of God” Octavius Winslow (ref#135, May 10th).
“The bedrock in Jesus Christ’s kingdom is not sincerity, not deciding for Christ, not a determination to serve Him, but complete and entire recognition that we cannot begin to do it” Oswald Chambers (ref#83, p86).
“No matter what your experience or profession, no matter how certain of your conversion or how orthodox your belief: ‘Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting’ (Gal 6:7-8). O the madness of men in courting eternal death rather than leave their sinful pleasures and live a holy life” A.W. Pink (ref#269, p111).