Discourse James 1:26-27
Worthless Religion vs Pure Religion
Published September 17th, 2020; Updated September 29th, 2022
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Main point summary
Main point summary
Worthless religion manifests itself in an evil tongue. But pure religion is shown through good works, visiting the needy and setting yourself apart from the world.
James 1:26-27
If anyone thinks he is religious
If anyone thinks he is religious
q and does not bridle his tongue
and does not bridle his tongue
but deceives his heart,
[therefore], deceives his heart,
this person’s r religion is worthless.
this person’s rreligion is worthless.
Religion that is pure
[But the] Religion that is pure
and undefiled before God, the Father,
and undefiled before God, the Father,
is this:
is this:
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
visiting the orphans and widows in their affliction,
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
and keeping oneself unstained from the world.
Our Words Reveal Our Heart Jesus said, “What comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person” (Matt. 15:18). Paul wrote Ephesians 4:29 for a very good reason: “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” In addressing the religious leaders’ rules about what defiles a person, Jesus said, “What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them” (Matt. 15:11). You can say you’re a believer or think that you're religious, just as I can, but our words can betray us and show that our hearts are not right with God and therefore our religion is worthless (James 1:26). To see that a person does have a pure religion is through which they live by. As for me, it was very convicting, and I know I fall so far short (Rom. 3:23), but there is always hope for the child of God, for we cannot ever out-sin the Savior’s forgiveness.
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