Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

You Go to the Best Church in Town, But...

Is your religion pure and faultless?
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. (James 1:27)
If you are normal, you want to be in the best church in town, and you may be in it. However, does this church (or any church) fit God's definition of pure and faultless religion?

This is in the sight of God the Father. He is paying attention to see if your religion is pure and undefiled. There are two requirements: 1) to visit orphans and widows who are in distress and 2) to keep yourself unspotted from the world.

Concerning the first requirement, you may not know any widows or orphans in distress. However, they are there in your town. Ask God who they are.

The second requirement is not letting the filth of the world touch you at all. Jesus prays in John 17:15-17, “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”

“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers” (1 Tim. 4:16). In evangelistic churches today, Christians seem to watch their doctrine much more closely than they watch their lives. Timothy was told to watch both.

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