None of us want our religion to be worthless. So, what is pure religion?
Published October 19th, 2017
Main point summary
Pure religion causes one to control the tongue, visit the needy, and keep oneself unstained by the world.
If anyone thinks he is religious
If anyone thinks that they are worshipping God
q and does not bridle his tongue
and are not controlling their tongue
but deceives his heart,
but, rather, deceiving themselves
this person’s r religion is worthless.
then their worship of God and religion is worthless
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
On the other hand, religion that is pure and undefiled (i.e., not worthless) is this:
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
to visit orphans and widows in their distress
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
and to not be stained by the world
Those who have a pure religion are not hearers of the Word only. Rather, the Word affects their hearts and this is evident in their lives. Hearts that have been transformed by the Word of God and that believe in Christ (i.e., have a pure and undefiled religion before God) evidence their salvation in their lives through good works, such as controlling the tongue, visiting orphans and widows, and keeping themselves unstained from the world.