Letter to the Editor

Pure religion

Grover BeachAugust 28, 2013 

Regarding: “Religion — the word — is in trouble,” written by Michelle Boorstein of The Washington Post, published in the July 14 Tribune:

The thesis is true if the writer is referring to some religious institutions. The church is not a religion, but it provides religious experiences (hopefully). Many defectors are not defying religion but rather the institutions that are magnified above the message. The medium is the message, not the institution that can become so “behemoth” and authoritarian that the Spirit is quenched. Some spiritual members reject some of the highly organized and authoritarian institutions that attempt to hawk themselves above the religious experience.

Godly people of discernment realize that pure religion is not “in trouble.”

“Pure religion that is undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” — James Ch. 1:27.

“Where two or three are gathered together in my name, I will be in their midst.” — Jesus the Christ.

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