Don’t Call Me Religious

Whatever you do,

don’t call me religious


And you might be confused

because I go to church regularly

and I talk about God

and I read my Bible


but please

don’t call me religious


Because I’m not


I am a Follower of Jesus,

the One who said,


“I am the WAY

the Truth

and the LIFE…”


not ONE of the ways

ONE of the truths


He is my LIFE


And all the religions of the world

are full of people


working their way to God

or to something other than God


While I place all my faith

with evidence

on my God who came down for me


Religion is ritual

and repetition

and redundant


My relationship

with the Lord of the Universe

is new


and vibrant


Religion constantly has its focus on

“What can God do for me?”


Relationship with God has its focus on




whatever you do,

don’t call me religious


for my Jesus

who took on human flesh and humanity


reserved His harshest words

for religious people


They might have looked pious on the outside

but they were not God-alive on the inside


they were dead inside


We need Jesus to cleanse us from our sin…


Uh oh, I said it,



Who wants to hear that word??


But we all know we struggle with it!

Sin, like cancer, eats away at us


And God had a plan all along

to save us from the bondage of it


He would step into our world

and make the payment for OUR sin


by sacrificing His perfect self,

unconditionally loving us






But He didn’t skimp on words

while He was here


and He wanted everyone to know


that the Son of God does not stutter

when He says,


“NO ONE comes to the Father

except through Me.”


No one


Not a single




who is trusting in themselves being religious

to get themselves to God


For there is no good deed that wins God’s favor


No amount of charity work

or chants

or  going to church

or bowing 10 times…


It has always been about God,

not what He can do for me


This is not about self-centered religion

but a God-centered life


committed to His glory


What a free

and abundant

and wonderful way

to live


Thank you, Jesus,

for setting me free of



~  Susie Stewart


Pass this on to everyone you know.  The message is for the whole world.  


Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

~  John 14:6 (NIV)


It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

– Galatians 5:1 (NIV)


You’re hopeless, you religion scholars and Pharisees! Frauds! You’re like manicured grave plots, grass clipped and the flowers bright, but six feet down it’s all rotting bones and worm-eaten flesh. People look at you and think you’re saints, but beneath the skin you’re total frauds.

– Matthew 23:27 (MSG)


If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

– Romans 10:9 (NIV)


We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in His grace, freely makes us right in His sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed His life, shedding His blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when He held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for He was looking ahead and including them in what He would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate His righteousness, for He himself is fair and just, and He makes sinners right in His sight when they believe in Jesus.

– Romans 3:22-26 (NLT)


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  1. I love, love, love these words! Truly truth! It’s ALL about our hearts! Keep blogging Susie!


    1. Thanks, Mary! Love HIS Truth!


  2. Suz, WOW! Just Wow! Thank you for speaking truth and loving a God centered life!


    1. Thanks Karen! Love you ❤


  3. Words so true


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