What kind of person is a religious person?
Shared September 12th, 2020; Updated September 14th, 2020
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James 1:26-27
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James 1:26-27 ESV
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James 1:26-27
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26 If anyone thinks he is religious q and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s r religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction, and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
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Worthless religion is when a person thinks he is religious and yet he doesn’t have compassion to other’s affliction.
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James 1:26-27
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If anyone thinks he is religious
(Even) if anyone thinks he is religious
q and does not bridle his tongue
and yet he bridle not his tongue
but deceives his heart,
but on the other hand deceives his heart,
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this person’s r religion is worthless.
then this person’s religion is in vain.
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Religion that is pure
Since religion that is pure
and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
and religion that is undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
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s to visit t orphans
namely to visit orphans
and widows in their affliction,
and widows in their afflictions,
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
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Profession of faith is not enough to say that you are a true religious person. We should show compassions and bear the afflictions of others. As from the preceding verses says we should live out what we have learn/hear. Doing good works is an evidence that we have a pure religion.
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