Would it surprise you if I told you God hates religion? Someone reading this may be thinking “I thought God invented religion.” Sorry, but God created man and man (with the help from Satan) invented religion. Religion is actually a system made by man that is orchestrated to make him right with God by jumping through the hoops of various sets of rules, regulations and obligations – man trying to reach God by his own deeds and works. No religion or organization has eternal life to give to anyone and there is not one word in the Bible which even implies that we must go through a religion to get to God.
During this era of faith and grace (God’s new will for us), salvation is contingent on our relationship with God, the Father and Jesus Christ the Son, and nothing else. Before the cross, God dealt with man on the basis of obedience to the law. Today, God deals with man on the bases of His love and grace. The reason for the change is that Christ’s death ushered in a brand-new and better covenant for man. Jesus’ death completed the Old Covenant and ratified the New Covenant and freed us from the Law of Moses.