If anyone thinks
If a person thinks
he is religious
that he is religious
q and does not bridle his tongue
and yet that person does not control his speech
but deceives his heart,
but instead deceives his own heart,
this person’s r religion is worthless.
then this person's religion is worthless [no matter what he thinks].
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
But religion that is pure and undefiled in God's, the Father's sight, is this:
s to visit t orphans
to meet the needs of orphans
and to meet the needs of widows
in their affliction,
in all of their suffering,
and u to keep oneself
and to keep yourself from being defiled
v unstained from the world.
by not allowing this evil world to influence your desires.
Jesus said, "That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man." (Mark 7:20) Therefore, how can any man worship God in a manner that a Holy God would find acceptable?
Jesus said, "But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshiper shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers." (John 4:23) How can a sinful man worship a Holy God in spirit and in truth?
The truth is that all that God requires God has provided through the Cross of Jesus Christ. Paul wrote to Titus, "To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. The profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient, and worthless for any good deed."
But for the believer the glorious remedy is the Cross of Jesus Christ. "For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that being justified by His grace we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life." (Titus 3:3-7)