Real Religion by James Merritt

JAMES 1:26-27
"REAL RELIGION'
JAMES MERRITT

INTRODUCTION

1. BY AND LARGE EVEN IN TODAY'S 20TH CENTURY WORLD
IT IS CONSIDERED A COMPLIMENT FOR A MAN TO BE CALLED
RELIGIOUS WHEN A MAN IS CALLED A "RELIGIOUS"
MAN WE GENERALLY THINK OF HIM AS BEING A VERY DEVOUT
MAN. WE BELIEVE HIM TO BE A SINCERE MAN. WE UNDER-
STAND THAT HE IS VERY DEVOTED AND COMMITTED TO HIS
GOD AND TO HIS CHURCH. WE EXPECT HIM TO ACT WITH
PIETY AND WITH PROPRIETY.

2. YET WE ALSO KNOW FROM PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE THAT
RELIGION CAN BE A VERY DANGEROUS THING. FOR EXAMPLE
IN ONE OF THE MOST POPULATED COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD
10,000 PEOPLE A DAY STARVE TO DEATH. EVEN THOUGH
THERE IS PLENTY OF MEAT TO EAT THEIR RELIGION FORBIDS
THEM EATING IT.

3. THERE IS ANOTHER RELIGION THAT FORBIDS BLOOD
TRANSFUSIONS. EVER SO OFTEN I WILL READ OF ONE OF
THE PRACTITIONERS OF THIS RELIGION DYING BECAUSE
THEY REFUSE TO HAVE BLOOD ADMINISTERED TO THEM.

4. RELIGION CAN DESTROY YOUR COUNTRY. THE PROBLEM
IN IRAN TODAY FOR EXAMPLE A COUNTRY THAT IS LITERALLY
TORN IN HALF BY STRIFE AND REVOLUTION IS PURELY AND
SIMPLY RELIGIOUS.

5. BUT THE SADDEST THING OF ALL ABOUT RELIGION IS
IS THAT IT CANNOT DO THE VERY THING THAT PEOPLE
BELIEVE THAT IT CAN DO, NAMELY, TAKE A MAN TO HEAVEN
AND KEEP A MAN FROM HELL. THE BIBLE IS FULL OF
EXAMPLES OF MEN WHO WERE RELIGIOUS BUT LOST. MEN
WHO WERE RELIGIOUS BUT DID NOT KNOW GOD. JESUS
TOLD A MAN NAMED NICODEMUS, A MAN MORE RELIGIOUS - -
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THAN ANYONE IN THIS CHURCH THAT HE HAD TO BE BORN
AGAIN TO GO TO HEAVEN. THE RICH YOUNG RULER
WAS A VERY RELIGIOUS MAN BUT HE WAS VERY
LOST. THE ETHIOPIAN EUNUCH HAD JUST RETURNED
FROM CHURCH WHEN PHILIP LED HIM TO CHRIST. CORNELIUS
WAS A MAN WHO FEARED GOD BUT HE WAS NOT SAVED. JUDAS
WAS A MAN FULL OF RELIGION BUT EMPTY OF SALVATION,

B. YET THERE IS A RELIGION THAT IS REAL THAT IS PURE
THAT IS APPROVED BY GOD THE FATHER THERE IS A
POLLUTED RELIGION. THERE IS A PURE RELIGION. THERE
IS SUPERFICIAL RELIG ...


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