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How Real Is Your Religion? (10 of 10)
Series: Found Faithful
Well today I want to invite your attention to the Word of God in James 1:26-27. And I want to ask you this question "How Real Is Your Religion?" Today you have some kind of religion or you wouldn't be here. But you know the Bible makes a distinction between real religion and false religion. In fact James gives us three signs of what real religion in this passage of Scripture. Notice he begins with the word "if".
James 1:26-27 "26If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. 27Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."
That is if you claim to be religious or if you act religious. Vain means your religion is empty, it is useless because it is false. I heard about a lady intended well. She was going from door to door trying to share her faith with different people in the neighborhood. And she knocked on the door of a neighbor. The lady came to the door and she said to that lady, ma'am would you like to dedicate your life to God? And the lady responded and said, goodness no, I am already miserable enough with the religion I've got I sure don't need any more.
There are a lot of people who are like her. They are enduring religion rather than enjoying salvation. And if your religion has made you miserable you have the wrong kind, amen? William Booth the founder of the Salvation Army said this I like my religion the way I like my coffee. I like it hot! And that is the way I like my religion because real religion is not a religion it is a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. There are a lot of people today who have an outward religion but they don't have an inward relationship.
You see, false religion brings bondage, real religion brings liber ...
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