How is pure religion contrasted with impure religion? How and why is speech related to religion in this text?
Published May 28th, 2017
Religion that is God pleasing and not self-deceiving is devoted to both relieving present afflictions of others and sustaining pure affections toward God.
Main point summary
The religious person who is not self-deceived is engaged in relieving the afflicted in the world while remaining undefiled and unstained by the world.
If anyone thinks he is religious
If someone thinks s/he is in a right religious relationship with God
q and does not bridle his tongue
yet does not control what s/he says (to others and in the awareness of God)
but deceives his heart,
and is thus, self-deceived
this person’s r religion is worthless.
then it is apparent that this type of religion is empty.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
By contrast, right religion to God is
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
both relieving the afflicted
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
and also clean toward God in the affections of the heart.