Carnal Churches Dish Out Milk
The letters of Paul to the churches, those “in Christ” have a focus. Each letter has a main theme running throughout that letter. Keeping in mind we are a spirit being that lives in an earthly body and we have a soul, our mind, will and emotions, Paul’s letters address our 3 in 1 makeup.
Romans – how to be saved, overall explanations.
Paul introduces the heart of man, how to be saved, and walking in the Spirit. Plus, Paul explains both Jews & Gentiles make up the church and we work together. Some have said the book of Romans is the doorway into the Christian life.
1 Corinthians – answers how to handle situations that arise that affect the flesh. Paul concludes with explaining spiritual gifts.
2 Corinthians – Answers questions on how to live in this world, Paul’s ministry and the church working together. Paul concludes this letter explaining the war we have with our flesh. We do not war after fleshly things but we war to bring our body/our flesh into subjection to our spirit. See 1 Corinthians 10:3-7.
It isn’t until we get towards the end of 2 Corinthians, chapters 10 & 11, where Paul explains the carnal church and the spiritual war we are in.
Remember, in 1 Corinthians 3:2 Paul says I have fed you with the milk of the word, not the meet, because you could not handle the meat. This church was so hung up on the things of the flesh, issues affecting the flesh, that it could not even get those things right much less learning the meatier things of God.
The prosperity gospel preached by many focuses on the flesh. This is preached to appeal to the flesh, there is not much spiritual growth in that. Yes, God does prosper his people. But when the focus is on the flesh and not the spirit, that is a false gospel. Clearly, Romans 13:4, Galatians 5:17 and Ephesians 2:3 and many other verses, tell us the flesh profits nothing.
God has provided us “occupations” to provide for our fleshly needs. But our true life is in the spirit.
2 Corinthians 4:18 KJV
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Paul weaves teachings of the spirit life into Corinthians and he focuses on the spirit life in a couple of the chapters in both 1st & 2nd Corinthians – but the main theme of Corinthians is this group of believers cared more about fleshly matters than spiritual matters.