How can we know what is true religion and what is false religion?
We have already shown that there can be no true freedom from religion and those who say they want to be free from religion are really trying (in vain) to be be free from God.
If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion [is] useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, [and] to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
So, there is vain (empty) religion and there is pure religion. Pure religion is first of all ‘before God and the Father’. That is, it is subject to and motivated by the faith that God has confirmed to be pure and undefiled.
What does that mean?
It means that God has told us whom to place our faith in. Jesus Christ is proven to be the Son of God by His resurrection from the dead.
God Wants A Relationship With You and me.
Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of scripture coming in the flesh through the line of King David of Israel. Then He is “…declared [to be] the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” Romans 1:4
So God has shown us who we need to go to if we want to be right with Him. When I became disillusioned with life and I began searching for God , I simply asked God what I should do and where I should go.
He led me to a Bible believing church that taught the Word of God. This opened up space in my life for God to work with me and show me what it meant to have a real relationship with Him.
Once I began to understand that I was the barrier between me and God, then I turned to Him and away from my false ideas about religion that compelled me to do something to win God’s favor.
So, if I provide for those in need, does that mean that I am saved?
No, I once thought that religion begins with what I do for others…but I did not control my tongue or keep myself from participating in the world’s sins…I was only fooling myself.
Becoming a believer in Christ gives a person the power to be a real help in providing not only material support but also the truth of the Word of God. This is how you and I can then be doers of the Word of God.
Freedom from false religion is God’s desire for you…