Jon Mitchell is our new Associate Editor and will serve as the interim editor until a new editor is appointed. He will begin the interim editor duties with the July/August 2014 issue of the Carolina Messenger.
This issue deals with “Adversaries To Evangelism.” We readily recognize those threats to evangelism that appear before us outside the Lord’s church, but we must understand that there are adversaries to evangelism within the church as well. Paul said it best when he informed the brethren at Rome that they should place the carnal or “fleshly” side of man under submission to the spirit.
“For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” (Romans 8:5-13)
Sometimes we are our own worst enemy.