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Arlyn Nisly
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Requirements of True Religion
True Religion = compassion and purity
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Published February 1st, 2017; Updated February 1st, 2017
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Main point summary
An uncontrolled tongue reveals an empty religion, while true religion is demonstrated by compassion for the needy and by personal purity.
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James 1:26-27
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If anyone thinks he is religious
If anyone thinks himself to be religious,
If anyone thinks he is doing well with his faith,
q and does not bridle his tongue
and yet does not 1 a bridle his tongue
but doesn't keep control of his tongue,
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but deceives his heart,
but deceives his own heart,
he deceives himself,
this person’s r religion is worthless.
this man’s religion is worthless.
and his faith is worthless--a sham.
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Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
Pure and undefiled religion a in the sight of our God and Father is this:
No, what our God and Father regards as valid religion--pure and untainted--is something completely different:
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
to b visit c orphans and widows in their distress,
it is caring for the fatherless and widows in their difficult circumstances,
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
and to keep oneself unstained 1 by d the world.
and it is keeping oneself unstained from worldly influence.
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True religion is completely different
True religion takes care of the needy and keeps oneself pure.
Claiming to have faith without controlling your tongue is self-deceptive, and evidences an empty religion .
For a defense of this If/Then structure, see NIV, NLT and MSG.
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Note that pure religion entails a challenging dual effort: it is not enough to have compassion; we must keep from being stained by the evil world in which we function. Nor is it sufficient to isolate ourselves so that we can't be stained; we must care for the needy, which will involve getting out of our 'sanctuary.'
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James 1:26-27
26 If anyone thinks he is religious q and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s r religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction, and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
James 1:26-27
26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not 1 a bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion a in the sight of our God and Father is this: to b visit c orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained 1 by d the world.
James 1:26-27
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26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
James 1:26-27
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26 If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. 27 Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.
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