Fake religion talks, Real religion walks!
Published February 27th, 2017
Main point summary
Fake religion's many words are worthless, Real religion that honors God acts for the good of others.
If anyone thinks he is religious
IF a person thinks he's very religious
q and does not bridle his tongue
AND YET NOT have no control over what he says
but deceives his heart,
BUT deceive himself
this person’s r religion is worthless.
THEN the religion that person things he has is of no value.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
ON THE OTHER HAND real/true religion before God is found in the following...
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
THAT IS visiting orphans and widows when they're suffering
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
AND keeping yourself unstained from the world
Unstained from the world seems to refer back to v26 and being deceived that you're religious when you're not. Pursuing something you think is worthy but really only glorifies yourself and not God.
A used car salesman uses many words to try to sell me something that's worthless. That's the image I get when I think of this guy in v26. We can often deceive ourselves into thinking we are something when we're not. It's easy to talk a good talk, but God is interested in those who want to come before Him with one intention...to honor Him. We honor God by keeping our hearts completely fixed on Him and doing things bring glory to Him. That means seeing the afflicted around us and helping them in some way. Not just saying, "Lord, bless you."