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Assignment 9
James 1:26-27
James tells how to achieve "pure faith"
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Published October 17th, 2016
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If we deceive ourselves in our sin, then our religion is worthless. Pure religion is to do good works and decline the temptation of the world.
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James 1:26-27
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If anyone thinks himself to be religious,
If anyone thinks himself to be religious,
and yet does not 1 a bridle his tongue
but nevertheless he does not bridle his tongue
but deceives his own heart,
but rather deceives his own heart,
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this man’s religion is worthless.
then this man's religion is worthless.
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Pure and undefiled religion a in the sight of our God and Father is this:
On the other hand, pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this:
to b visit c orphans and widows in their distress,
that is, to visit orphans and widows in their distress,
and to keep oneself unstained 1 by d the world.
and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
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Often when we do not "bridle our tongues", and don't use them to honor God, it can be easy to believe our own lies. And, it can be easy to use our tongues to justify our wrongdoing. Whether we are preaching false doctrine, excusing our sin, failing to love others, or something else, it is easy to deceive our own hearts into thinking we are doing nothing wrong when in fact we are dishonoring the God we claim to be serving. The only alternative to this is to choose to exercise our faith purely. We can accomplish this by loving as God loves, and extending this love to do good works unto others, and by resisting the temptations thrown at us by the world and its ruler.
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