Titus 3:5 say’s He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.
What is religion? When I look the word up it say’s this, the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods: This is why many people including some saints are confused because they believe that being a Christian is a religion.
Being a Christian is not a religion at all, man has made it into one. For when you look at the word Christian it means to be in right relationship with Jesus; to be Christ-like. When you read the four gospels you will see how Jesus responded to the religious leaders concerning religion. For the leaders during Jesus time believed that religion was about rules, traditions and law. We also see that out of religion those same people crucified Him.
Still to this day we have people believing that their religion is going to save them, reason being they have a promise within themselves that their good-deeds will outweigh their wrongs they’ve done in life. Then on the other hand you have these extremist who kill and destroy in the name of religion.
Why does a supposed to be Christian say that their belief is religion? The correct answer is that you are a Christian your belief is having faith in Christ Jesus. Nowhere in being Christ-like has anything to do with religion and it never will. When I ask a person what is his or her belief some still say religion. Could it be that they are afraid to say that they are a Christian? Never be ashamed to say you are a Christian, people will not want to hear you call yourself a Christian, people will become uncomfortable; but that is their problem not yours. Jesus said that the gospel will offend people.
Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 10:33, but whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Maybe you haven’t given much thought to the words you have chosen when you say your belief is religion, I strongly encourage you to speak correctly today. If you truly are a Christian start saying you are, but if you are serving religion then I say to you today, come from among it today. For salvation is knocking at your hearts door.