The Test of True Religion
James 1:26-27
How do you know if your quiet time and church attendance are "working"? There are 3 diagnostic questions.
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Published September 23rd, 2019
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There is one question to ask yourself to test if your religion is futile: Do you have control over your tongue? Performing religious acts and ritual worship is all well and good but it is pointless and futile if the words you speak give the true game of your heart away. Instead of gauging our religious aptitude on our ritual performance, we should look elsewhere - to what result those rituals are having. There are two questions to ask yourself to test if your religious acts are having the right results? Do we care for those who have no one to care for them? Do we protect ourselves from the sneaking influence of the world?
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False religion is evidenced by uncontrolled speech. True religion is evidenced in how we care for others and how we avoid the world's influence.
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James 1:26-27
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If someone thinks he is religious
yet does not bridle his tongue,
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and so deceives his heart,
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his religion is futile.
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Pure and undefiled religion before 31 God the Father 32 is this:
to care for orphans and widows in their misfortune
and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
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My Translation: If anyone thinks he is religious, not bridling his tongue but deceiving himself, his is godless religion.
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