The first thing to understand is that religion has nothing to do with "spirituality" or one's relationship with the Divine.
At least not by my definition.
All religion devolves to this one simple concept.
If humanity were a family, and God were the father, then that family would be seen by any sane person as totally dysfunctional.
I suspect the choice boils down to this,
You can have Religion, or you can have God, but the two are mutually exclusive.