Cults. All religions are cults. I base this on a lot of study.
Here's a thought. Try getting in to the depths inside of YOU and see where that leads. When people cling to something outside themselves, distortion is part and parcel of the experience. Faith is akin to "drink the koolaide." This trick to leverage your power away and focus it on something outside yourself just waters down your own direct connection to source. The "bigger" you. ;-)
Of course the above mentioned institutions won't agree but then they are amassing power and realestate, just like all the other "true" religions. (mind control)