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Baldwin The Carnal Mind

The Carnal Mind by Harmon Allen Baldwin is a 30 chapter work on the carnal mind, defining terms, biblical view, what is evil, guilt, pollution, self-denial, oppositon to light, etc.

THE CARNAL MIND

By Harmon Allen Baldwin
A Doctrinal and Experimental View of the Subject
Chicago:  Free Methodist Publishing House
1926
Printed Book Copyright 1926
By H. A. Baldwin

Table of Contents of Baldwin The Carnal Mind

Introduction (below)
Preface (below)
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Terms
Chapter 2 Bible View of the Carnal Mind
Chapter 3 Bible View of the Carnal Mind — Continued
Chapter 4 The Carnal Mind as the Cause of Transgression
Chapter 5 Does Carnality Remain in the Justified Soul?
Chapter 6 Zinzendorfism
Chapter 7 Difference Between the Life of the Justified and That of the Entirely Sanctified
Chapter 8 Victories of Regeneration
Chapter 9 Location of the Sin Principle
Chapter 10 The Fundamental Principle of Evil
Chapter 11 The Actual Existence of Carnality
Chapter 12 Carnality a Unit
Chapter 13 Carnality an Involuntary Principle
Chapter 14 The Graces and Their Enemies
Chapter 15 Guilt and Pollution
Chapter 16 Temptation and Carnality
Chapter 17 Temptation and Carnality — Continued
Chapter 18 Carnality and Nature
Chapter 19 Self-denial
Chapter 20 How Purity May Be Forfeited
Chapter 21 How the Presence of Carnality Is Manifested
Chapter 22 Some Directions for Heart Searching
Chapter 23 Some Questions for Self-examination
Chapter 24 Carnal Secrecy
Chapter 25 Opposition to Light
Chapter 26 Jealousy
Chapter 27 Pride
Chapter 28 Compromise
Chapter 29 Impatience
Chapter 30 The Necessity of Death

Introduction

As the experience of holiness is essential to admittance into the heavenly kingdom, any work that will give light on its nature ought to be welcomed and given thoughtful and prayerful consideration. There are many theories advanced concerning this work of grace, and scores of books have been published for the purpose of propagating these different views. That many of these theories are erroneous and not founded upon a correct interpretation of Scripture is apparent. And because of false teaching from the pulpit and press there are many sincere and honest persons who are confused as to their religious experiences, and perplexed as well as confused. I am sure that a careful perusal of this new book will greatly assist such individuals, will serve to clear their minds regarding the doctrine of entire sanctification, and will also help all who may be seeking this blessed experience of full salvation.

The author of this work has a very clear and discriminating mind, as well as a rich experience of the things of God, and has power to make nice distinctions and analyze truth, and in this volume many of the perplexing questions which arise in a Christian’s experience are satisfactorily answered.

As the title suggests, this book deals largely with the subject of carnality and with its various manifestations. The author very clearly shows the nature of the carnal mind, giving the Bible view of the same; shows that carnality remains in the justified soul; makes plain the difference between the life of those justified and those entirely sanctified; contends for the complete destruction of the “old man” by the power of God; indicates the difference between the stirrings of carnality and the temptations of Satan; and so clearly defines the state and feelings and victories of a holy heart as to make the experience greatly to be desired by all who have been truly converted.

This book is a timely one and is a fitting companion volume to one previously published by the same author and entitled, “Holiness and the Human Element.” In these days when there is so much spurious doctrine being disseminated this book will prove a blessing to many by showing them the Scriptural way to the Eternal City. I bespeak for it a wide sale.
J. T. Logan
Evanston, Illinois

Preface

As a consequence of their lack of knowledge, many honest souls, in their efforts after heart purity, aim wide of the mark. Some are inclined to attribute every evil thought suggested to their minds to the movings of depravity, and thus eliminate the temptations of Satan from their reckonings; with some the stirrings of depravity are excused away, and practically every evil thought and inclination is laid to the suggestions of the enemy; while others seem to have no definite ideas as to what they must be delivered from in order that they may be made holy. In the following pages we have made an honest attempt to clear up these difficult points, and to give, not only a doctrinal exposition of the subject, but, which is more important, have attempted to so connect doctrine and experience as to reveal, as far as possible to the unsanctified heart, the nature of the inherent trouble. How well we have succeeded we will leave others to judge; but we bespeak for ourselves, both from those who will agree and from those who may disagree, the charity which will allow that we have done our best, and that we have constantly desired and striven for those words which will be most to the glory of God and helpful to earnest seekers after light.

The writer has feared that much of our literature on the subject of holiness stops right at the point where earnest hearts want to know; and in these pages has often ventured out into that region beyond, in which, as far as he can discover, few paths have been broken, except by those honest souls who in their determination to know God have blazed a path for themselves and made it through, leaving little or no record of their discoveries, and we know very little of the heartaches and tears amid which they pressed their way to the goal. We have presumed to pass by this way and erect guide-posts that others may see and go aright.

Our constant prayer has been: Oh, that the Lord would enable us to speak a word in season to him that is weary, and help to direct souls, for whom Jesus died, to the Fountain of Blood where all sin, all defilement, shall be cleansed away. Amen. Even so, Lord Jesus.

H. A. Baldwin
Pittsburgh, Pa.
March 18, 1926

Chapter 8 Victories of Regeneration

When a person is converted his sins are forgiven and he is cleansed both from guilt and also from that depravity which has been acquired through his own personal sins. By this transaction he is restored to that freedom from guilt and that purity of heart with which he was born. Thus the words of Jesus are literally fulfilled, and this newly converted soul “becomes as a little child.” It is like a child not only in innocence and purity, but also in that there still remains within that principle of evil which even the new-born child possesses.

While all this is true with regard to the similarity of the two conditions, yet we wish to notice at least one point of marked difference. Although the infant yields to the sinful propensities within, yet God does not impute iniquity to it, for it possesses neither the wisdom nor the power to resist; but, on the other hand, the soul that is born again, not only has favor with God, but is also given power over both inward and outward sin. “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not” (1 John 5:18).

We wish to notice the keeping power of the grace given to the regenerate along four special lines:
1. The regenerated man has victory in his outward acts. He does not commit actual or willful sin. While through his ignorance and the unrecognized movings of inherent depravity, he may, for the time, be betrayed into wrong acts, yet these acts are innocently perpetrated and, when their character is revealed, are shunned. Because of the absence of willfulness — that quality which is necessary to constitute actual sin — such acts are not counted up against the perpetrator in the same sense as are intentional wrongs. Actual sin, in the evangelical sense, is any willful or intentional transgression of the moral law, or any voluntary yielding to the sinful nature within.

This would exclude as sinful even sudden and impulsive fits of anger, for volition is necessary before this yielding is possible, no matter how sudden. While a person lives a justified life he is never betrayed into actual sin; he draws his strength from God, and Israel’s Keeper is never surprised. Besides, actual sin forfeits justification.

Read the following from Wesley’s sermon, “The First Fruits of the Spirit,” which properly qualifies this position:

“On the other hand, there may be sudden assaults, either from the world, and frequently from our own evil hearts, which we did not, and hardly could, foresee. And by these even a believer, while weak in faith, may possibly be borne down, suppose into a degree of anger (not a fit of anger, but simply the feeling within); or thinking evil of another, with scarce any concurrence of his will. Now, in such a case the jealous God would undoubtedly show him that he had done foolishly. He would be convinced of having swerved from the perfect law, from the mind that was in Christ, and, consequently, grieved with a godly sorrow, and lovingly ashamed before God. Yet need he not come into condemnation. God layeth not folly to his charge, but hath compassion upon him, ‘even as a father pitieth his own children.’ And his heart condemneth him not; in the midst of that sorrow and shame, he can still say, ‘I will trust and not be afraid; for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.’ ”

The justified man does not indulge in sinful or questionable amusements; he does not go to the movie, theater, circus, or dance, even for “recreation;” he does not play cards, chess, checkers, or any other so-called innocent game, to “relax his mind;” his days are too short to accomplish all his desires, and duties crowd too fast to allow the “killing of time.”

The life of a justified man is clean and upright. He pays his honest debts, he disdains to quarrel with his neighbor, he loves the associations of his own family better than any other, he is punctual in his religious duties — he loves the courts of the Lord. He is diligent to “abstain from all appearance of evil.” His walk is circumspect — an example of godliness and piety. He is true to his convictions and ready for all of God’s will. This is surely a victorious life, and is possible even while carnality remains in the heart, and anything short of it shows a lack of the grace of God.

2. The regenerated man has victory in his conversation. He shuns vain and idle words, and strives that his conversation may be “yea, yea, nay, nay,” knowing that “whatsoever is more than this cometh of evil,” that is, it is produced by the evil nature within. As with his acts so also with his words, he may for the moment be betrayed into words which are not “convenient,” yet when he discovers the trouble he quickly straightens up.

The regenerate man is ready to obey the command, “Let thy words be few.” He strives to protect the character of his neighbor by refusing to repeat stories which may be either idle gossip or truth.

The lips of the justified man are filled with prayer and praise. He loves to sing the songs of Zion and to tell the wondrous works of the Lord. He overcomes not only by the blood of the Lamb but also by the word of his testimony. His “tongue is as the pen of a ready writer,” for he has learned to “speak a word in season to him that is weary.” He tells of the goodness of God in “the great congregation,” and does not fear to even shout the praises of the Lord. He “opens his mouth wide” and the Lord fills it with either messages of love or with sin-revealing truths. He does not fail, to the best of his knowledge, to declare the whole counsel of God. If he is a preacher of the gospel, he does not “Smooth down the stubborn text to ears polite, And snugly tuck damnation out of sight.”

A tongue thus controlled certainly has a victory that can be gained only by the assisting grace of God, and one which is not thus controlled is void of the grace of God.

3. The regenerate man has victory in his thoughts. While it is true that at times lie may awake to the fact that he has, unconsciously, allowed his thoughts to remain too long on forbidden territory, yet, when he beholds his error, he quickly “girds up the loins of his mind” and refuses to linger longer.

The regenerate man loves to meditate on the things of God and hates every evil thought. He reads for improvement, especially on spiritual lines. He loves the Bible above all books, and hates trashy, sentimental literature because it is not congenial with the Spirit within. When evil thoughts are suggested, as quickly as possible he turns them aside and looks to God for more grace. Whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, or of good report; if there be any virtue or praise, he thinks on these things.

4. The regenerated man has victory over the sins of his heart. While sin remains within, yet it does not reign. In the graceless heart sin manifests its presence by strong and uncontrollable movements, but in the renewed heart grace so predominates that sin is held in check and grace triumphs. “Where sin abounded grace doth much more abound.” God imputes sin only to that person who willfully accepts the sinful suggestions of the evil within. The justified person does not accept nor willfully follow these suggestions, but deliberately and by choice tramples them down and accepts that which is right. In the graceless heart sin reigns; in the simply regenerate heart sin remains but does not reign; in the wholly sanctified heart sin does not even remain.
Concerning the victories of the life, conversation and heart of the regenerate man read the following from Wesley’s sermon on “The First Fruits of the Spirit”:

“Now ‘whosoever abideth in him, sinneth not;’ ‘walketh not after the flesh.’ The flesh, in the usual language of St. Paul, signifies corrupt nature.

“They who are of Christ, who abide in Him, ‘have crucified the flesh with its affections and lusts.’ They abstain from all those works of the flesh; from ‘adultery and fornication;’ from ‘uncleanness and lasciviousness;’ from ‘idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance;’ from ’emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings;’ from every design, and word, and work to which the corruption of nature leads. Although they feel the root of bitterness in themselves, yet are they endued with power from on high, to trample it continually under foot, so that it cannot spring up to trouble them; insomuch, that every fresh assault which they undergo only gives them fresh occasion of praise, of crying out, ‘Thanks be unto God, who giveth us the victory, through Jesus Christ our Lord.’ They who walk after the Spirit are also led by Him into all holiness of conversation.”

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