Author
JamesASwanson
A Child of God learning to live as He would want me to.
User since 2016
JamesASwanson's published pages
view all (2 total)
Self-defined Religion v. True Religion
James 1:26-27
A contrast of two worldviews.
#truereligion
Published January 30th, 2017
Author
Share / Groups / About Author
Main point summary
Discourse**
Notes**
notes
Main point summary
True "religion" can only be defined by God.
Discourse**
editing
NT
James 1:26-27
nasb
mine
If anyone thinks himself to be religious,
If , someone uses their own definition of being "religious"
and yet does not 1 a bridle his tongue
but they often speak without thought and uncontrollably,
but deceives his own heart,
they don't really know themselves.
progression
situationresponse
this man’s religion is worthless.
Then , this person's definition of religion is worthless and he accomplishes nothing.
conditional
Pure and undefiled religion a in the sight of our God and Father is this:
On the other hand : God's definition of true "religion" is this:
to b visit c orphans and widows in their distress,
[How to] caring for those most vulnerable, i.e. orphans and widows in need
and to keep oneself unstained 1 by d the world.
and following God's commandments, not the world's compromises.
series
actionmanner
negativepositive
discourse
Notes**
These two verses are a contrast of two different worldviews. On the one hand, an individual's self-defined religion. which is really no religion at all because he acts in an uncontrolled manner, without really thinking about the consequences, either to himself or to others is worthless. The reason it is worthless is because it doesn't really express what is in the person's heart. On the other hand, God's definition of true religion always results in the benefit of others, especially those who are most in need and is accomplished by a person who is committed to living a in a self-controlled manner that would please God, which in the end is really the only thing that really matters.
Comments
Disclaimer: The opinions and conclusions expressed on this page are those of the author and may or may not accord with the positions of Biblearc or Bethlehem College & Seminary.