What Does James 1:27 Mean?

March 10, 2021

We hope 127 Worldwide’s name speaks for itself. 127 exists to help Christians around the globe live out the “pure, undefiled religion” described in James 1:27. We serve as a bridge between individuals and churches in the West and local leaders who are already doing gospel work in vulnerable communities. We then guide western advocates to collaborate effectively with our partners as members of the global church in order to restore hope to orphans, widows, and vulnerable communities.

Each 127 partner ministers to people affected by poverty, fatherlessness, oppression, death, and brokenness resulting from the Fall. Rose and Geoffrey care primarily for vulnerable children separated from their families, while Chris, Peter, and David provide support for people living in slums and materially poor communities.

Last week on Simply 127 (Episode 29), Sara Beth Fentress hosted Jason Johnson, National Director of Church Ministry Initiatives with Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO). In the episode, they discuss how, because of the gospel, everyone has a role to play in serving orphans, widows, and vulnerable people. On his own blog, Jason has written a helpful piece exegeting James 1:27, wherein he explains how all of the work 127 partners do with orphans, widows, and vulnerable communities is part of this “pure and undefiled religion.” Check out his blog at the link below!  

James 1:27 is Not a Command

"In the gospel God says, 'I see you where you are and
I’m coming after you!' Perhaps James is suggesting
that this gospel is most acutely and purely put on
display when we echo that same sentiment with
our lives to those around us."
-Jason Johnson


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