Rom. 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. We know "they that are in the flesh" are explicitly stated in verse 9 to be "none of his." So "they that are in the flesh" refers to all who are "none of his" or all who are not "in the Spirit" as the phrase "in the Spirit" is placed in contrast to those who are "in the flesh." There is no THIRD category between being "in the flesh" and being "in the Spirit." Verse 8 is the direct application of verse 7 to those "in the flesh" as an explanation why they "cannot please God." Hence, that very explanation declares the "carnal mind" is a STATE or CONDITION that "cannot" (not "may not") please God, and that STATE or CONDITION describes the fallen nature not the new creature or regenerated nature. Who can argue that verse 7 is a product of "the Spirit" or the regenerate new man?