Spiritual but not Religious (?)2
“Has there ever been a phrase more adept at smuggling in doctrinal confusion and moral laxity than the slogan ‘spiritual, not religious’? Granted, for some people this means, ‘I want a personal, life-changing relationship with God, not mere church attendance.’ But more often than not the phrase implies a dislike for theological standards, moral absolutes, and organized religion. Being spiritual in contemporary jargon means you are open to mystery and interested in ‘spiritual’ things like prayer, healing, and inner peace. [But] True spirituality means being transformed by the Spirit through communion with the Father and the Son. If you are interested in spirituality, your priority should be to grow in the holiness that comes from the Spirit. Righteousness is the goal of Christian discipleship” (Kevin DeYoung, The Hole in our Holiness, 35).