That’s pure religion to James (and to God) but there’s more to it than that.
One has to keep oneself unstained from the world and the “world” surely means the sins of the world and living in a sinful lifestyle.
In Romans , Paul begins to point us to the future: I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Our trials here are real—sometimes so real and overwhelming they seem beyond our endurance, so we feel like Job and regret our birth.
James central point may have been that people can talk all they want about saying they’re a Christian but if they have no works to show it, then they are only hearers of the law and not doers and that person’s faith is dead. If there are no deeds or good works that come as a result of faith, then that is not real faith. Talk about one of the most difficult members of the human body to control!
The tongue wins the prize for being the most unruly, unwholesome, filthy, degrading, and destructive of all physical members of the body (James 3:6).
James compares the tongue to a tiny rudder directing a huge ship and shows how much damage this little member can bring (James 1:3) and “ James wrote this letter in a time of great sorrow for the Jewish Christians.