James 1:26-27
James 1:26-27
False religion and true religion
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Published August 24th, 2018
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A person's actions and attitudes towards the most helpless and keeping oneself pure from sin demonstrate a true relationship with God.
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James 1:26-27
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If anyone thinks he is religious
If someone holds the personal opinion that he himself carefully follows religious rules and is therefore righteous,
q and does not bridle his tongue
and yet does not restrain what he says,
but deceives his heart,
but really seduces and leads his heart and mind into error,
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this person’s r religion is worthless.
then his religious works are godless, aimless, unprofitable, groundless. and without purpose.
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Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
Whereas religious works that are spiritually clean and without contamination of sin in the sight of God our Father is this :
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
to go and see orphans (the fatherless and desolate) and widows who feel they have no escape from their situation
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
and also to preserve oneself as pure from the vices of the world.
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There are many people who claim to be religious and Godly. However, examining the way they live will quickly show if they are deceived or truly follow God. Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. A person's words will eventually show what is in their heart. While there are many people who do "good" works, a person cannot be saved and not live a life of service and purity. The works that a saved person does flows from their love of God, not from wanting praise from others.
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