Is Doing the Do’s and not Doing the Don'ts Performing Dead works?
Repentance simply means a turning from a way to another way. Repentance from dead religious works is turning from the obligations of dead religion...the powerless form of godliness, to the freedom of relational living in Christ. It is to cease from worship by our sheer will that is grounded purely in the rudimentary disciplines of the flesh, to embrace the Person who is Himself salvation. It is to know Christ as the all sufficient One.
But of Him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glories let Him glory in the Lord (1Corinthians 1:30-31) Wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption are ours in the person of Jesus.
Religion promotes you living for God...relationship is Christ living in and through you as you live with God. Religion is man working for God in the doing...relationship is God working in us to will and to do. "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." (Galatians 2:20) We are led away captive when we are bewitched from the reality of Christ living in and through us...from He Himself being our life, to a systematic, liturgical, and creedal attempt at meriting life through our doing.