I believe that the word 'religion' is a very deceptive word. Very misunderstood.
Religion is mentioned only seven times in the Bible. Only one time out of the seven does God present religion in a positive way. The Bible says in James 1:27, "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." It's clear what that refers to. The same when we sing about that '