If Anyone ... Thinks He Is Religious – Part 1
Jas. 1:26-27

      A.  Multitudes claim to be religious, but not all please God. (Cf. Acts 17:22)
      B.  James makes several recommendations for anyone thinking himself to be religious.

I.   Let Him Bridle His Tongue (James 1:26)
      A.  A bridled tongue is not only restrained, but properly directed.
      B.  An unbridled tongue has many avenues: Filthy language, lying, gossip, tattling, flattery, etc.
      C.  An unbridled tongue does much damage (James 3:1-12)

II. Let Him Practice Pure Religion.
      A.  An example to vain religion is unbridled tongue (James 1:26).
      B.  Two examples of pure religion are:
            1.    Benevolence (James 1:27).
            2.    Unspotted from world (James 1:27; cf. Rom. 12:2).

III. Let Him Endure Temptation (James 1:12)
      A.  Must keep proper frame of mind (James 1.2, 3,8)
      B.  Must keep an unwavering faith (James 1.6)
      C.  Must recognize the source of temptation (James 1.13-15).

IV. Let Him Respect God’s Word.
      A.  Must receive it with meekness (James 1:21)
            1.    Because of what it is - God’s word (1 Thess. 2:13)
            2.    Because of what it is able to do (James 1:21; Acts 20:32)
      B.  Must be doers of the word (James 1:22-25).

V.  Let Him Be Impartial (James 2:1-13).
      A.  God respects character, not persons. (Cf. Acts 10:34,35).
      B.  Must be careful lest outward appearance become sole measuring device.

VI. Let Him Couple His Faith with His Works.
      A.  Faith without works is dead (James 2:14-16).
      B.  Faith without works is incomplete (James 2:18-22; cf. Acts 8:37,38)
      C.  Faith without works cannot justify one. (James 2:23-26; cf. “Faith only ... wholesome doctrine”)

      A.  If we claim to be religious let us back it up with proper attitudes and conduct.
      B.  If you think you are religious, have you obeyed the Lord to become a Christian?