SUNDAY Sermon Series – CHARITY AND PURITY

August 24, 2015 - ESV - Bible verse of the day - James 1:27 -  DailyVerses.net

James 1

CONTEXT: Matthew Henry says of this book and specifically this chapter: This epistle of James is one of the most instructive writings in the New Testament. Being chiefly directed against particular errors at that time brought in among the Jewish Christians, it does not contain the same full doctrinal statements as the other epistles, but it presents an admirable summary of the practical duties of all believers...How to apply to God under troubles, and how to behave in prosperous and in adverse circumstances. (1-11) To look upon all evil as proceeding from ourselves, and all good from God. (12-18) The duty of watching against a rash temper, and of receiving the word of God with meekness. (19-21) And of living according to thereto. (22-25) The difference between vain pretenses and real religion. (26-27)

If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. James settles that matter off very peremptorily. An unbridled tongue indicates a godless heart.

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. This is not the secret part of religion. Of that, we read elsewhere. But this is the very dress that true religion puts on—charitably caring for the most destitute of our fellow creatures, and holy walking, that we be not as the men of the world are—“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

C.H. Spurgeon Comments on James v26-27

As his sermon below makes clear, this is not the social (welfare) Gospel, that has seen a marked resurgence within the ranks of evangelicals in recent times. NO this is the clear-cut duty of the church, to its members, and in LIMITED cases its neighbors. – Mike


SERMON

CHARITY AND PURITY

NO. 2313, A SERMON ( With Full Chapter Exposition) INTENDED FOR READING ON LORD’S-DAY, JUNE 18, 1893
DELIVERED BY C. H. SPURGEON, AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON, ON THURSDAY EVENING, MAY 23, 1889

“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this,
To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
James 1:27

THERE is a great deal said, a great deal written, a great deal of zeal on the one side, and of anger on the other, expended upon the externals of religion. Some think that they should be very fine, not to say gaudy, very impressive, not to say imposing. They like what they call, “bright” services, though we might call them by another name. But the great question with many people is, “What are to be the externals of religion?” What dress is religion to wear? Shall it be robed in the plainness of Quakerdom, or shall it be adorned with all the brilliance of Romanism? Which shall it be? …

Continued at Source: https://www.spurgeongems.org/sermon/chs2313.pdf

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