Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. James1:27
Pure and undefiled religion:
Loves and cares for widows, orphans and poor and needy, especially among the brethren in Christ.
(Humbly and lovingly fulfilling the law of Christ.)
Corrupt and defiled religion:
Makes covenants and agreements with the political powers that be.
Works in cooperation with the spiritual enemies of Christ for mutual benefit.
Joins with the world.
Leads the saints to follow them rather than follow Christ.
Tells the saints to come to their Institutional Religion rather than come to Christ.
Manipulates and strives for positions of honor, power, prestige, preeminence, popularity, praise & prosperity.
Builds personal ecclesiastical kingdoms and seeks the honor of men.
Lays heavy legalistic burdens on the sheep.
Condemns the lost sinner and does not show or speak grace.
Lacks love for the blood bought sheep of Christ’s flock.
Does not care for the needs of the blood bought sheep of Christ’s flock.
Teaches the saints to deny the power of the Holy Spirit.
Teaches the saints to enjoy the world, have fun, and trust in their “free ticket to heaven”, rather than deny self, taking up cross and follow Jesus.
Teaches the saints that we must support the economic-religious-political crusades of war and whatever else the government says is ok.
Teaches the saints that our allegiance is to government or some political nation.
Expects poor widows and single mothers to pay them a money tithe instead of financially helping them.
Manipulates the flock to give them money.
Boasts in their connections to “important people”.
Glories in external righteousness, good works and “sacrifices”.
Makes their disciples twice the religious sons of hell that they are.
Looks down on unconverted people and struggling Christians.
Makes up manmade religious rules and obligations and imposes them on everybody.
Plots with other religious people to “kill Jesus”.
Neglects mercy, justice, faithfulness and love in the name of religious traditions and obligations.
Puts on a fake religious show to impress people– plays the hypocrite.
Is repulsed by Spirit led worship.
Lays heavy burdens of religious obligation on people rather than helping and caring for them.
Does not walk the talk (but they sure dress well).
Prays long prayers in public on street corners so everyone can see how holy they are.
Focuses on the letter only, without spiritual light from the Holy Spirit.
Judges the inner motivations of the redeemed, rather than judging self.
Greedy rather than blessing and helping others.
Persecutes God’s prophets, wants them to shut up. Wants them dead.
Interested in getting the praise of men rather than praise from God.
Has love of money.
Pridefully looks down on other Christians who are not performing as well as they are.
Boasts in accomplishments, works, and puffed-up knowledge.
Jealous of what God is doing with other Christians.
Expects everyone to keep their rituals and traditions.
Not really concerned about the lost.
Loves traditions rather than people.
Seeks to protect its religious position and place of good favor with the government.
Justifies and defends itself!
Unjustly accuses the saints who speak and love the truth.