Gems from James #5

James writing about ‘true religion’

“If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their afliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”

James 1:26-27


3 thoughts on “Gems from James #5

    1. Alison Post author

      Do you mean that thing where some Christians say “I don’t believe in religion – I believe in faith/reality/Jesus/something else!”?
      I agree with you, I think people are being way too simplistic when they make religion into a dirty word like that.

      Something I do find amusing though it that I reckon James is doing something similar in that verse. He’s kind of slamming the popular conception of what religion is and replacing it with something else. Although he does it without slamming the concept of religion itself.


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