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


Introduction:
      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.

Discussion:
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”)

Conclusion:
      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?