Published December 4th, 2020
Main point summary
True religion (or faith) results in a changed life that is different from the ways of the world and loves the oppressed.
If anyone thinks he is religious
If a person believes that they follow God
q and does not bridle his tongue
yet does not watch what they say
but deceives his heart,
but tricks themselves into thinking that they are righteous
this person’s r religion is worthless.
then this person's belief has no value.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
But God the Father recognizes true belief that is like this:
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
1) helping those who are oppressed and helpless
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
and 2) being one who is set apart for God and his purposes, not the ways of the earth.
Our religion and our faith are not dead and stagnant. They should change us. They should not be something that we believe without if changing our whole being. Our desires and motivations should be different. We should no longer be willing to follow the ways of the world (which are worthless) but should want to carry out our faith in a way that is actually pleasing to God. This will manifest itself in a changed way of talking and changed priorities. We will no longer be able to be focused on only ourselves but will focus on helping those that are hurting and needy, those who are oppressed and impoverished. True faith will cause change.