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“I’m Not Religious, I’m Spiritual”

Have you ever heard someone say, “I’m not religious I’m spiritual.”? I can’t even tell you how many times I said that exact same line in my life before I came to know Jesus Christ. Now I realize what I was really saying: “I’M LOST AND CONFUSED.”

Like most people who have ever made this statement, I said I wanted truth, but I was only willing to explore “truths” that seemed to be in line with my personal philosophies and beliefs and validated my own selfish desires and ambitions. I also thought that all of the “coincidences” I experienced validated these truths and showed me I was on the right path. It never occurred to me I was being deceived.

I had not learned that every thought, idea, and notion that crossed my mind was not always my own, and did not always originate from a benevolent source. I had no idea how all of life was influenced by spiritual forces, and that the battle between good and evil, light and dark and heaven and hell is very real and very literal. C.S. Lewis put it so well when he stated:

“The greatest lie the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he doesn’t exist.”

I assume most who share my same previous spiritual beliefs are unaware of these Scriptures:

… for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds” (2 Corinthians 11:14-15).

The stereotypical image our culture gives us of Satan, this hoofed, horned scary red guy with a pointy tail and pitchfork is not at all how he shows up. He is the master of deceit and lies and is crafty–most of the ways he uses to get people to stray from the truth are very subtle and honestly quite ingenious. Because most people (even many Church attending “Christians”) don’t actually read the Bible themselves, they forget what it says and they are easy targets to be led astray.

No the devil doesn’t appear as he really is, and we forget that he was actually God’s most magnificent creation. He knows our deepest desires and our darkest secrets and can use them to manipulate us, and feed us exactly what we are hungry for.

Did you know many eastern religions and ancient civilizations have eery similarities about their “deities” being serpents that come from beneath the earth? Yogic practices have the goal of uncoiling the “serpent” (kundalini) at the base of your spine to achieve god consciousness. Cults and false religious like Mormons and the Bahai faith were birthed from their “prophets” or founders being visited by angelic beings of light. Almost every new age teacher I know of either went through some dramatic “spiritual awakening” or claims to receive their revelation from “spirit guides,” “ascended masters” or angels.

“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

Do your beliefs challenge you to change or help you justify behaviors you know are wrong? Straying from God wreaks havoc on our moral compass. We must be vigilant and test our spiritual beliefs.

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already” (1 John 4:1-3).

God’s word says that any spirit that denies the deity of Christ is not from God, so in light of that truth it is obvious that any other belief and philosophy that exists outside of that and claims to be spiritual is a deception. Yet with all this said I’m still not religious. I have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. I hate religion, but I love Jesus Christ.

What about you? What do you think of our culture’s obsession with “spirituality”?

About Jason Herrington

After spending fifteen years of his life aggressively pursing financial success in various business endeavors, Jason became disillusioned with what was being taught by the success “experts.” After many years searching for answers amongst new-age teachings, the mystical, the occult, and other spiritual practices, he found that nothing made a lasting difference in his life--which was becoming increasingly confusing and wrought with hardship. No matter how hard he worked he was left with more problems and questions. Then, a few years later he found the one solution that would change his life forever--giving his life to Jesus Christ. Once a strong skeptic and opponent of Christianity, now Jason is completely in awe of the God who, in His mercy, still made Himself known to him, despite his aversion. Now he is passionate and committed to searching for answers exclusively from God’s Word. His ministry seeks to target any and all individuals attracted to the success and personal development industry, as well as the new age movement, and deliver God’s truth. Visit www.elevate2great.com to see more of his work.

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17 comments

  1. Good spiritual food to digest here. Our Americanized religion seems more infatuated w/being “spiritual” than knowing our creator personally. Being spiritual means having God’s Spirit dwelling inside of us; being led by His Spirit. Good article my friend! thank you. ron,

  2. Thank you Ron, I’m glad you enjoyed! I will say that anyone who is not a born-again Christian IS in fact being spiritual – they are just being led by the wrong spirit!

  3. For sure, not all thots are our own! Demons can be in the body and in the mind but not in the spirit where the Holy Spirit dwells. Have had many demonic strongholds myself. The last demon I got rid of was a lying spirit called Unreality and Fantasy. I saw it attack me in a dream. What this thing did to me for years was lie to me and I’d hear thots like:

    “You’re going to choke on those raw vegetables and die and no one is here to help you.”

    “You are going to fall down those stairs and lay there for hours in pain.”

    Or when crossing an icy road to the mailbox, “You will slip and fall and a car will hit you.”

    Or in the car with my husband driving, “You are going to have an accident and suffer and die.”

    Or, my husband would open the car door on our street and leave it open and go to get the mail and I heard, “A car is going to come and rip off the door.”

    I always thot they were my own thots until the dream showed me a fantastic unreal butterfly with a body of a bird that was attracted to a dumpster full of garbage and then came and landed on my back. I screamed for it to get off my back! It was a fantasy creature. I asked the Lord about the open door for it and He reminded me of my past when I used to read a lot of fantasy and scifi [the garbage]! I had repented, but this thing was still hanging on! I finished by binding it, casting it out, declaring it’s tools and lies and plans were destroyed in Jesus Name. Now, those thots no longer harass me!

  4. Great article! Glad you exposed the demons behind yoga, too. It is a burden of mine that Christians know what they’re messing with when they posture to demons through this “exercise.”

    • Thank you Emily! I have just recently been learning of the dangers of this myself and I have to say from personal experience this is a extremely dangerous practice. I have someone in my life whose life seemed to erupt in chaos after getting heavily involved in yoga and even becoming a certified instructor. They have had at least one miscarriage that I for sure know of, possibly more, and numerous health problems. I encourage anyone to research the physical and psychological symptoms of the kundalini awakening and ask yourself if any of these side-effects seem very similar to symptoms of demonic-possession.

      • I recently posted that yoga is not for Christians on Facebook. a you tube link. I was unprepared for a long stretched out debate from other Christians. Some knew the truth and other said it was just excersize. These were people I know, too!

        I tried to warn them but they pooh-poohed it! It was crazy the stuff people wrote!

    • Quite frankly, Yoga is not Hinduism, nor is theistic. You won’t find the names or chants of any of the allegorical dieties named in Hindu worship. The point of Yoga, is union with God, or creator, to end the cycle of less than pure thought, intention, and action. That is in philosophy.

      In the west, little is known, and what has been commercialized bears very little resemblance to Yoga and how it was written in ancient texts. Similarily, should you study the Dead Sea Scrolls, you’ll note that much of the word within various books, have been cut and pasted. There’s no denial nor argument there.

      I was born in Sri Lanka, and traveled much through India as a child.

      Perhaps this is new information for you? Where do you get your information from?

    • Quite frankly, Yoga is not Hinduism, nor is theistic. You won’t find the names or chants of any of the allegorical dieties named in Hindu worship. The point of Yoga, is union with God, or creator, to end the cycle of less than pure thought, intention, and action. That is in philosophy.

      In the west, little is known, and what has been commercialized bears very little resemblance to Yoga and how it was written in ancient texts. Similarily, should you study the Dead Sea Scrolls, you’ll note that much of the word within various books, have been cut and pasted. There’s no denial nor argument there.

      I was born in Sri Lanka, and traveled much through India as a child.

      Perhaps this is new information for you? Where do you get your information from? Have you truly researched, or is this based on the garbage floating around google?

      • I’m sorry if this information offends you because you have cultural ties to India, but that doesn’t change the facts. Yes this information has been researched. I have another article on the topic as well.

        http://www.tblfaithnews.com/entertainment/self-help-gurus-channeling-yoga-and-other-demonic-deceptions

        You clearly say the point of yoga is union with God – yet this is directly in contradiction to Christian teachings and the Word of God.

        You say I give a bad name to the faith because I said “I hate” – like that gives a bad name to “OUR” faith, yet I wonder are you familiar how often in Scripture it is mentioned things God hates? Things that are an abomination to Him?

        If you claim to be a follower of Christ, why would you defend a demonic religion and philosophy instead of obeying the Word of God on the matter?

        I was born in a Muslim country and raised having TV interrupted for Muslim prayer, but I don’t defend Islam because I grew up in the culture when the religion is in direct opposition to Christ.

        God Bless brother.

        • You researched your own article? I am truly curious what sources you have researched as I too would like to read such. In all my years of study (Bachelor in Comparative Religion at UCSB) I’ve never read of such, and so, as you seem quite passionate on the subject, I ask again, what sources are you gathering your information from?

  5. You ended your article with “I hate” .

    People like you give bad names to our faith.

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