“When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the [Holy] Spirit, using the [Holy] Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. For, “Who can know the LORD’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach Him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.”
1 Corinthians 2:13-16 (http://bible.com/116/1co.2.13-16.NLT)
SPIRITUAL truths, not religious; no, the Apostles are spiritual, and they have religious fervor when teaching and preaching the Gospel.
As defined by the Merriam Webster dictionary:
1: relating to or manifesting faithful devotion to an acknowledged ultimate reality or deity; a religious person, religious attitudes
2: of, relating to, or devoted to religious beliefs or observances; joined a religious order
3a: scrupulously and conscientiously faithful; b: fervent, zealous
2a: of or relating to sacred matters; spiritual songs, b: ecclesiastical rather than lay or temporal; spiritual authority
3: concerned with religious values
4: related or joined in spirit
5a: of or relating to supernatural beings or phenomena; b: of, relating to, or involving spiritualism :spiritualistic
1: the view that spirit is a prime element of reality; 2a: belief that spirits of the dead communicate with the living usually through a medium; b: capitalized: a movement comprising religious organizations emphasizing spiritualism
There, under the definition of religious, are the words I take issue with. To be more ecclesiastical than lay is (to me) to give my Christianity over to be defined by a priest or other ecumenical leader. To participate in spiritualism, as defined above, I am surrendering my very soul to the enemy, satan, the father of lies. In order to understand and love the Christ, I believe we need to take Paul’s words to the Corinthians to heart. There is too much “Religion” in our world, and not enough Spiritual Love shown through us to the world. Not spiritualism, but the love of the LORD; the Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.