Some have recently used passages from 1 Corinthians to assert that there are carnal Christians that remain carnal without repenting or being sanctified in any way. By claiming that Christians can be all carnal all the time, they can assert that reformed theology is a works based theology since it affirms that repentance and sanctification are part of the Christian’s life. However, we see the following passage in 2 Corinthians:
2 Corinthians 7:9 As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.
The believers of the Church of Corinth repented. They did not remain carnal, but were convicted of sin and repented. This is exactly what reformed theology asserts. All the writers of the New Testament affirm the same principle. Lordship sanctification happens to all Christians unless they are providentially prevented from doing so!