So many people who tell others to get a relationship with God instead of getting religion, themselves belong to a religion. They wear a sectarian name. They follow a creed and human leaders. So what’s with that? Why the hypocrisy?
Many people are against organized religion because they see systemic abuse and sin. They are right to reject man-made systems. The New Testament reveals the divine plan for God’s family. It is organized. It holds meetings. It receives and disburses money. The disciples engage in good works. God gave this plan, and it is indispensable.
The religious world has long been plagued with clergy. “Woe to you Pharisees! You love the best seats in the synagogues and elaborate greetings in the marketplaces!” Lk 11.43.