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True Religion
James 1:26-27
Uncontrolled speech or visiting the overlooked-- Which form of religion do you practice?
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Published January 28th, 2019
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The "religious" person who has no control over their speech really has empty religion. Alternatively, the person who cares for orphans and widows and keeps themselves from the world's evil is truly religious.
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James 1:26-27
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If anyone thinks he is religious
If a person considers themselves to be spiritual
q and does not bridle his tongue
and has no control over their speech
but deceives his heart,
but is fooling themselves
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this person’s r religion is worthless.
then this individual's spirituality is good for nothing.
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Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
On the other hand, spirituality that is authentic and is not tarnished in God's eyes is:
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
to be present and care for those without parents and those who've lost their husbands who are suffering
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
and to not be pulled into the world's evil.
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James contrasts two forms of religion. In the first form, "worthless" religion, a person has no control over their speech and is deceived. On the other hand, a person who visits the overlooked and keeps themselves free from the world's evil, practices "pure and undefiled" religion. Which form of religion do you practice?
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Brent Karding
Hey Stephen, I figured this would be the best way to get ahold of you. Could you send me an e-mail at brent@biblearc.com? I have a small request - it has to do with our new forum, which you have heard about. Thanks!
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