The other day I came across this verse and was deeply moved. I honestly believe that our churches today are suffering from an epidemic of false spirituality. This spirituality seems authentic at a glance because of all the pomp and stance, but a closer examination reveals that it is just a facad. Just as Israel struggled with pharisaical hypocrisy, so the church is susceptible to promoting the physical attributes of spirituality without the power of the Spirit.
I don’t mean to suggest that I am attacking every believer or suggesting that this is a problem with every church. This is a core human trait that, unless it is constantly guarded against, seeps in without our knowing and destroys all that is holy.
“Therefore the Lord said: ‘Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths And honor Me with their lips, But have removed their hearts far from Me, And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men,” (Isaiah 29:13 NKJV)
This reminds me of a quote from A. W. Tozer.
“That in such a dark day, we have allowed our seeking to be done by our teachers.” (The Pursuit of God)
There is always a challenge to find authentic spirituality among the church. So much of it is manufactured or canned up. Spirituality cannot be gained any more than muscles can be formed by drinking a protein shake. If we are to be spiritually strong it requires that we, “Work out our salvation with fear and trembling.” (Philipians 2:12)