Main point summary
To have a pure an undefiled religion before God, they are to care for the unfortunate and keep away from sin. If one were to ignore these things, yet say they are religious, it means nothing.
If anyone thinks he is religious
If you think that you are religious
q and does not bridle his tongue
and does not control their own tongue
but deceives his heart,
but you deceive your heart,
this person’s r religion is worthless.
then your religion is worth nothing.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
On the other hand , a pure and undefiled religion before God, the Father, is this:
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
that is by visiting orphans and widows in their struggles,
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
and keeping yourself away and guarded against the sinful world.
If you truly believe in God and truly repentant of your sins, you would follow His word--care for the needy (orphans, poor, widows) and resist the devil and our selfish pleasures in this evil, sinful world. However, if our words and our actions do not align, then do we really believe that God is our Saviour and really repentant of our sins?