There is nothing we can do, even being religious, to get in right standing with God. Out of sheer generosity God put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of King Jesus, the Messiah.
And where does that leave our proud religious claim of having a corner on God? Also canceled.” ~Apostle Paul
(Romans 3:29 The Message)