(adapted from Winslow's, "The Enmity of the Carnal Mind")
"The carnal mind is enmity against God."
How completely this declaration sweeps away
all the fancied reverence and admiration for God
which floats before the imagination of the carnal
mind in its profound slumber! The carnal mind may
own its belief in the existence of a god. But what
God? Plainly not the God of the Bible; but a deity
of its imagination.
The god of whom he has thus been dreaming, is not
the God of Scripture, but the god of his own creation!
He is not the holy God whom the Bible makes known;
of whom Jesus is the living and visible embodiment;
but an imaginary being clothed with attributes, and
administering a government harmonizing with the
corrupt tastes and sinful propensities of his carnal mind.
Away with your religion of nature, of sentiment, of poetry!
The god whom you profess to adore and worship is not
the God manifested in Christ, whose justice and holiness,
whose wisdom and truth, are blended and harmonized
with grace and love in the cross of Calvary.
"Anyone who hates Me hates My Father as well." John
Of what value is your fancied admiration of God's
character, while yet hating, despising, and rejecting
the Son, who is the "radiance of God's glory and
the exact representation of His being"?
Your heart is a stranger to holiness, and your mind
to peace, while prostrate before a deity of your own
imagination; a fictitious god!
There is nothing in your creed; nothing in your vague,
shadowy, unreal conception of deity, to fix your thoughts,
to soothe your spirit, to allay your fears, to awaken your
affections, and to inspire your hope. Your altar is reared,
and your incense is offered, but it is to the "unknown god."