Main point summary
Signs of pure religion include a disciplined tongue, an aware heart, an outward caring focus, and remains unstained by the world.
If anyone thinks he is religious
IF anyone thinks themselves religious
q and does not bridle his tongue
AND does not keep their tongue controlled
but deceives his heart,
BUT deceives their heart
this person’s r religion is worthless.
THEN their religion has no value.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
Pure religion is undefiled before God the Father
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
THAT IS, visting of orphans and suffering widows,
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
AND to remain unstained from the world.
What does pure, undefiled religion look like? It has actions tied to it - it's not only a bridled tongue and undeceived heart, it has real actions that are outward focused: namely, it cares about others and is aware of the stain of worldly sin.
Merely thinking you are religious, but not controlling your tongue means you are deceived, and your so-called religion is worthless.
The Goal is pure, undefiled religion before God
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