Rom. 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. Just recently this board experienced a very vivid illustration of the proof of this very text. A lost man came on this board displaying exactly what this text describes about every single lost person who comes into this world. The lost man may vary in the intensity of his "enmity" against God. This "enmity" may be expressed RELIGIOUSLY and through DEVOUT committment to false doctrine or it may be expressed by the extreme illustration we all experienced through the gutter like expressions of this recent lost man. It may fall in between the two extremes and simply be complete disregard for God at all in his life or any other level of manifest shortcoming of the glory of God's law as sin is coming short of the glory of God as that glory is manifest by the Law - His righteous standard. Those who would like to deny Romans 8:7 applies to all lost people must jerk it out of context to do so. In context Paul further defines this Romans 8:7 condition to be EQUAL to the words "in the flesh" in Romans 8:8: 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. Note that the same incapability is expressed in Romans 8:8 as in Romans 8:7 - "cannot" This incapability to please God describes all that are "in the flesh" which is being used by Paul as a conclusion to those being described in Romans 8:7! So those who deny Romans 8:7 refers to all lost men must also deny that all lost men are equally described as being "in the flesh." However, in Romans 8:9 Paul contrasts only one other kind of human being from those "in the flesh" and it is those "in the Spirit" and Paul says if they are not "in the Spirit" it is because "THEY ARE NONE OF HIS" and thus that leave only the Lost or those referred to as "in the flesh." Therefore it is contextually impossible to deny that Romans 8:7 refers to all lost mankind. It is contextually impossible to say that Romans 8:7 only refers to a special class of very wicked lost men because Paul leaves no other alternative to those "in the Spirit" but those who are "NONE OF HIS" which he describes as those "in the flesh" (Rom. 8:9) which is the phrase used to describe those in Romans 8:7 (Rom. 8:8). So one must be DISHONEST with the context of Romans 8:7 to deny this refers to the state of all lost men because Paul sees no THIRD CLASS of humans but only TWO - you are either "in the flesh" or "in the Spirit" and if you are not "in the Spirit" then you are "NOT ONE OF HIS." P.S. Romans 8:7-9 also denies that the elect come into this world in any other condition but "in the flesh" even as others.