Religious or Spiritual?
One of the subtle dangers that believers face in pursuit of Godliness is ending up being religious instead of being spiritual! Religiosity is often mistaken as spirituality by those religiously inclined whether they are believers or not. But the difference between the two spans the oceans of the world. Religion is man-made, man-indoctrinated and man-controlled. Spirituality, on the other hand, is a divine reality that is divinely led by the Divine. Religiosity majors on external things, the keeping of rules and regulations and the do’s and don’ts. Spirituality is a matter of the heart, and a life living relationship experience.
The scriptures tells us that there will be many in the last days who have a form of godliness without its power...could that be, they will be religious, but not spiritual (2 Tim. 3:5)? They will go religiously to meetings, pray and read the Bible daily and even attend all-night fasting and prayer meetings, tithe their income, etc. But they are egotistic seekers seeking honor by men, living selfishly, loving money and seeking the spotlight, etc. Such people are religious, not spiritual. They have a form of godliness that denies the power of the gospel.
If you are more interested in going to event-driven-meetings than in crucifying the flesh (Gal. 5:24), you are religious, not spiritual.
If you are more interested in reading your Bible every morning than in controlling your tongue the whole day, you are religious, not spiritual.
If you are more interested in fasting and prayer than loving and forgiving people, you are religious, not spiritual.
If you are more interested in doctrine than you are in loving people, you are religious, not spiritual.