I need to write this as this really became apparent to me today.
After having been in cults and experienced church life for nearly all my life ; i am finally free. I can do as I wish, go where I wish, and say what I wish. Love is my only constraint and it is no burden. When I was in any religious practice I had to follow the rules. Do as I was told. Say only what was permitted. In short; at no time during those many years was i truly free. There was always the spectre of religion standing in the background.
Most people confuse religion with God or Christ. Far from it; God is far more liberal than people realize. I am convinced the law of moses has more liberty than religion has today. This verse hit me this morning like a freight train. How many times have i read it and not taken it in?
2 Cor 3:17 Now the Lord is the spirit; yet where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
In short; if you're not experiencing freedom; true boundless freedom - you are not experiencing the life of Christ. Let me be even more blunt. You may be in a religious body but that body is not the body of Christ.