Religion that's pleasing and acceptable to God is marked by godly self control and good works, but useless religion lacks such qualities.
Published June 19th, 2017; Updated June 19th, 2017
If anyone thinks he is religious
If anyone is convinced that he has a reverent fear of God
q and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart,
and does not exercise godly restraint over his tongue but is self deceived about the religion he practices
this person’s r religion is worthless.
then this person's religion is a dead religion.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
But , religion that is pleasing and acceptable to God is this:
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
to visit orphans and widows in their suffering and time of need
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
and to keep yourself pure while in the world.
A lack of godly self-restraint while professing reverence for God demonstrates that you're self-deceived.
A religious person who lacks godly self-restraint is practicing a useless, self-deceiving religion.
Religion that is pleasing and acceptable to God produces good works and holy living.