The words, “must one be religious,” might mean “must I belong to a church?”
To be good is the absence of doing evil. There is no clear definition for “being spiritual.” Maybe the best definition is “to search for the sacred.” Christ established religious structure and authority and encouraged us to become more spiritual through our religious activities (Eph 4:11-12).
Christians believe that Jesus was perfectly good and spiritual from the day he was born. Yet Jesus, being sinless, said it was necessary that he be baptized to fulfill all righteousness. Jesus sought out John the Baptist and asked him to perform his baptism. Jesus recognized John as the one who had authority from God to perform such ordinances (Matthew 3). After his baptism, Jesus gave us a commandment to be baptized by water and by the spirit (John 3:5).
It is clear from the scriptures that our Heavenly Father expects us to do good and to seek the sacred and to also obey the commandments of our Lord and Savior. To those who do, he promised a place in his Father’s house (John 14:2-3).
So, “Let not your heart be troubled” (John 14:1). If any man be good and be spiritual, let him also follow Jesus (John 12:26). “And if ye keep (His) commandments, ye shall abide in (His) love ... that your joy might be full.” John 15:10-11.
Sid Kooyman, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
The only acceptable life is one of submission
It is not enough to be good, spiritual or religious. The only sufficient and acceptable life is the life lived in submission to the Lord Jesus Christ. Our world is filled with those who claim spiritual life without Christ, and the Bible teaches us that this is impossible. Romans 3:10b-26 teaches us that we are all sinners, we have all fallen short of the glory of God, and Jesus Christ is the only righteousness that God will accept as satisfaction for the penalty of our sin. By trusting in Christ as our Lord, we are able to live in personal relationship with God. The only acceptable life is the Christian life. I invite you all to trust Christ as Lord so that you will have enough.
Carlton Weathers,17th Street Missionary Baptist Church, Anniston