Video teaching and warning of ‘The Carnal Christian?’ by Dr R.C. Sproul Sr.
Dr. R.C. Sproul Sr. is a brilliant scholar, as he handles this controversy ever so circumspectly, and with much dignity.
Sproul refutes the false teaching that a professed Christian can be continually carnal. This false teaching comes from those that take Romans 7:14 out of context. Or that do their own ‘eisegesis’ of the text, rather than an in-context ‘exegesis’ (aka an exegetical teaching). As Paul warned in 1 Corinthians 6, if a person that professes to be saved, continues to “practice” their sin, then they are not saved; and will perish in hell. As John warned in his first two epistles, a saved person cannot willfully continue-in their sinful lifestyle (though they will still sin).
Sproul also speaks of the false teaching known as antinomianism. If you attend a ‘church’ where your pastor teaches antinomianism – RUN. I used to attend a large ‘church’ here in Redlands where their pastors teachings are flavored with antinomianism. That is why his ‘church’ is so large. People love to have their itchy ears tickled.
Though Sproul did wobble by not entirely opposing the sinner’s prayer, or those unbiblical ‘raise your hand if you want to go to heaven’ altar calls; he did warn of their dangers.
Sproul also agrees that justification is not quite by “faith alone,” or a “lonesome faith.” As his description field reads. “Do works produce faith, or is it the other way around? There are many who have confused the order of things concerning faith, justification, and works.”