Religion is a Man-Made structure!
Constructed of human ideologies and doctrines, religion is a man-made structure that obscures the true church that Christ is building. For the life of Christ to be seen in the church the barriers of denominationalism must come down. Religion stinks with human tradition. Tradition is an established pattern of thought or behavior handed down by word or example from one generation to another.
The Pharisees once asked Jesus, "Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat" (Matt. 15:2). If the tradition we hold to is not Bible tradition we have no right to hold onto it! Jesus condemned their hypocrisy, and He accused them of "making the word of God of no effect through [their] tradition" (see Mark 7:6-13).
Unfortunately, much of Scripture has been "interpreted" for us by carnal speculations handed down from one generation to another. Such traditional misconceptions hinder the Holy Spirit from revealing the truth of God's Word to us. The church today must return to the Word of God and allow the Spirit of Truth to teach us.
The apostle Paul declared he was "exceedingly zealous for the traditions" of his fathers until "it pleased God...to reveal His Son in me" (Gal. 1:14-16). Like Paul, we will be delivered from devotion to religious traditions and customs only as we allow the Holy Spirit to reveal Christ in us. The more of Christ that is revealed in us the less of religion we will need!