How to be Religious without being a Christian

In at least three instances in the New Testament we are told how someone could be religious, but wouldn’t be Christ-like:

Be zealous but misdirected:

“For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.” – Galatians 1:13-14

“Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.” – Acts 26:5

Be unconcerned about the impact of your words:

“If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.” – James 1:26

Show no compassion to those in need:

“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.” – James 1:27

It is vital that both our heart and life matches the plan God has for our lives.