“If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless” (James 1:26).
The New Testament normally uses the term “religion” in a negative way (Acts 26:5; Colossians 2:23). James, however, utilizes it to describe the outward expression of faith and worship. No where is true faith more evident than the controlling of one’s own conversation. Engaging in gossip, flattery, innuendo, and sowing seeds of discord among the brethren only deceives the heart and leads one further down the path of worthless religion.