Religion is not a name tag but a way of life.
Published June 26th, 2018
Main point summary
Christianity requires a change in our lives. Simply claiming to be a Christian does not make you one.
If anyone thinks he is religious
If anyone thinks they are a Christian
q and does not bridle his tongue
yet does not control his language
but deceives his heart,
but walks in deception,
this person’s r religion is worthless.
then his "Christianity" means nothing.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God,
On the other hand, religion that is true and of no deception before God,
that is the Father,
is this kind of religion:
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
that is to visit the orphans and take care of the true widows in their suffering,
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
moreover, keep yourself unaffected by the worlds pressure to sin.
1. Self Control is a big part of Christianity. Yes God will slowly begin to change our hearts as we ask him to but it requires us to also restrain from doing things that we did when we lived in the world. Of course this is only possible through the power of the Holy Spirit. 2.Not only are we to flee the world and the sin there in, but we are to pursue right living. This includes taking care of orphans and widows in their distress. 3. This of course does not make us righteous in of itself but it provides others looking at us from the outside with an indication that our hearts are indeed being changed and renewed.