James 1:21-27; 2:14-17
Biblical definition of religion: an outward service based on a system of beliefs
religion: man's way of getting to God.
Christianity: God's way of getting to man.
Religion cannot save you from your sinful condition.
2. Christianity is a relationship made possible through faith in Jesus and purely by the grace of our heavenly Father.
Visible actions that stem from our faith in Christ is pure and faultless religion.
If your relationship to Jesus does not involve action, it is a dead faith.
3. The examples of a pure and faultless religion- looking after orphans and widows.
They are representative of a fallen and broken world.
I John 3:17- The love of God which has saved us compels us to reach out to those who are hurting.
4. Being a Christian means being involved in the problems of the world.
Be involved in the world, but keep yourself from being polluted by it.
The only way to do both is in knowing Jesus.
Once you have a relationship with God, then your religion means something.