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12:15 PM   [26 Feb 2012 | Sunday]

Religion: PURE & UNDEFILED

I have yet to hear anyone speak on why one shouldn't be religious with any Biblical basis. James in his letter to the twelve tribes spoke of religion as such;[1:26] "If anyone thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this; to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world." Isn't that what the Christian life should be all about, LOVE & HOLINESS. I hear people say that they are not "religious" but that they are "spiritual". So does this mean that they aren't doing what James suggest; 'care for others and keep yourself clean'? Are they saying that they aren't doing what Jesus Himself did; 'care for others and keep Himself clean from the filth of this world'?

Seeing that there are many religions throughout the world, which all started after the one true religion, I have a hard time with the fact that Christians run from religion. I think that if the church of God would teach religion in it's purest form, the church itself would be more of an impact in the world today. I'm not talking about the 'self-imposed religion' and doctrine of men that the Apostle Paul warned the saints in Colosse about, but the religion that our brother in Christ James wrote about; LOVE & HOLINESS. These are the two things that we as followers of Christ should be putting into action and on display everyday of our lives.

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LOVE: [John 15:12-14] "This is My commandment, that you LOVE one another as I have LOVED you. Greater LOVE has no one than this, than to lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.

HOLINESS:[2 Corinthians 6:17] Therefore " Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord, Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty."

I believe that religion; the practice of a belief system, and in this case, God's system is way to go. We as followers of Christ better be practicing these things daily or else we aren't truly following Him. In the Book of Matthew, the 28th chapter, Matthew records Jesus as saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe the things that I have commanded you;..." "Teaching them to observe..." in other words 'teach them to commit to and comply to a way of living'. That's religion; pure and undefiled.

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