from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Addicted to worldly or sensual pleasures.
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Some of the admonitions against swelling pride and fleshly-minded hypocrites seem to us rather paradoxical when we consider the poverty and self-sacrificing spirit of these pioneers; perhaps, there were selfish and slothful malcontents even in that company of devoted, industrious men and women, for human nature was the same three hundred years ago, in large and small communities, as it is today, with some relative changes.
On this principle he acted when the Pharisees and the fleshly-minded multitude came to him and asked a miracle, and he refused them with, [ "there shall no sign be given to this wicked and adulterous generation but the sign of the Prophet Jonah."]   Matt .. ii.
He adds this lest they might think his DOCTRINE was changeable like his purposes (the change in which he admitted in 2Co 1: 17, while denying that it was due to "lightness," and at the same time implying that not to have changed, where there was good reason, would have been to imitate the fleshly-minded who at all costs obstinately hold to their purpose). true -- Greek, "faithful" (1Co 1: 9). our word -- the doctrine we preach. was not -- The oldest manuscripts read "is not." yea and nay -- that is, inconsistent with itself.