Are you Spiritual Christian or are you a Soulish Christian?

12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the depths graciously given to us by God, 13 of which depths we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual depths with spiritual words.14 But a natural man does not accept the depths of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually examined. 15 But he who is spiritual examines all things, yet he himself is examined by no one. 16 For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL DIRECT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:12-16 (LSB) 

Several years ago God drew me into a personal revival/awakening that resulted in me learning the difference between what a Spirit-led Christian was and what most professing Christians are, which is self-focused, soul-led, immature Christians who are all about living and getting by in this lost and dying world instead of being the sold-out slaves of the Lord Jesus Christ who know His truth and obey Him because they know the Truth and know what they are supposed to be doing in His Kingdom because they are Spirit-led rather than being controlled by heir Soul, which is completely unspiritual in nature….

It was this revival or awakening that led to me writing my first book, Walking the Walk by Faith. It is no longer in print and I don’t think you can get it anywhere, but much of what I write here is based on that book.  Now, in the process of writing it I came across 1 Corinthians 24:12-16. I placed the Greek at the top of this post followed by the LSB translation. Let’s look at this for it is important.

In most Bible translations I have looked at, including the LSB, in v14 the words “Natural man” translates ψυχικὸς(psychikos) δὲ(de) ἄνθρωπο(anthrōpos), which literally means an unspiritual person. What Paul was expressing here and contrasting was the difference between the Spirit-led and those who are only Soulish or “natural” or self-focused. When I wrote that book back in 2003-2004 I came up with the term Soul-led to describe this. View article →