You think you are religious? -- Think again!
Published September 20th, 2017
Main point summary
True religion before God is: caring for the needy and holiness.
If anyone thinks he is religious
If anyone considers himself religious
q and [yet] does not bridle his tongue
yet does not guard his mouth
but deceives his heart,
and therefore deceive his heart
this person’s r religion is worthless.
then his religion is worthless.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
On the contrary, true and faultless religion before God the Father is this:
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
namely, to visit orphans and widows in their distress
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
and to keep one's self from being polluted by the world.
No matter how religious you think you are, yet fail to guard what you say, then your religion is worthless. True and pure religion in the sight of God is caring for the needy and holiness. --This is somehow similar to the command stated in Luke 10:27 " You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart , and with all your soul , and with all your strength , and with all your mind ; and your neighbor as yourself .” If you love the Lord with all your heart, soul, strength and mind, then you will keep yourself unstained or unpolluted by the world. And living your neighbor as yourself can mean caring for orphans and widows in their distress. That's true religion! And it is a great commandment.