You Should Not Be Yoked with a Nonbeliever
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I will explain later. Two people who are believers that are in a relationship or marriage ARE equally yoked. Being equally yoked does not guarantee any sort of successfulness for your relationship or marriage. Confirming that two people are equally yoked is what we should do at the beginning of a relationship.
Confusion sets in when we are trying to figure out what it means to be equally yoked.
Provocative Bible Verses: Do Not Be Unequally Yoked With Unbelievers
In my humble opinion, being equally yoked is about two believers sharing a spiritual connection with God. For example one person can go to church and another person may not be attending church and they could still be equally yoked if they are believers who share a spiritual connection with God. The person that does not go to church needs to be in fellowship with other Christians at some capacity on a regular basis. Two couples could have two different levels of spiritual connection with God. It depends.
They will need to agree on what level they both can share a spiritual connection for God.
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Maybe they can meet on level 6. I know what you are wondering! That is actually kind of funny. Here is an example of two people meeting on the same spiritual connection level.
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One of my friends goes to church all the time. I mean, she is in church all the time!!!
She recognizes that the man that she may marry may not want to be in church all the time. She is figuring out what the lowest level of spiritual connection a man must have with God in order for her to be in a relationship with that man.
I am SO glad you posted this! I have been thinking about this very subject for more than a week or so. This has helped me so much! Thank you! Some unbelievers are involved in lawlessness or idolatry. Some show an interest in the truth. Many have Christian mates and are happy to stay with them.
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The principle found at 2 Corinthians is a valuable guide for Christians in all areas of life and has often been quoted as providing wise counsel for Christians seeking a marriage mate. Matthew A dedicated, baptized Christian wisely does not seek a marriage mate among those who are unbelievers, since the values, goals, and beliefs of unbelievers are so different from those of a true Christian. Can a person who has beliefs as a Muslim but does not practice Islamic religion marry a man who is Muslim and practices Islamic religion.
Ripped Out of Context: Unequally Yoked
I was raised Christian. Just wondering is that concerned unequally yoked? Wonderful read. Just this past Friday evening myself and few of my church brothers and sisters were talking on the subject of tradition in the church. The subject of good yoke vs bad yoke was also discussed.
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Just as the brother has stated so eloquently and I thank you for my own edification, we including myself at times have taken this phrase out of its context causing distortion of thoughts, ideas and suggestions. Sister Cheryl you also made a very good point. Being a mature divorced woman, I appreicate being able to read and clearly understand. We must always take in to account many factors of a possible relationship of any kind.
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Anything less than our God will just leave us broken. Paul states that if we cleanse ourselves from defilement, then holiness will be brought to completion 2 Cor Christians have to make many difficult decisions, and many of them are based in our relationships. What relationships should we maintain?
Which relationships are okay to let go of? Whenever we are being led astray from God, we must make changes, no matter how difficult those changes are. John D. I have found, the more that I dive into the scriptures, and be a doer and not just a hearer, the relationships that I would otherwise find hard to deal with, seem to work themselves out.
It really is simple, and we have a tendency to over-complicate life. If we desire for our hearts to be cleansed, there is a simple principal to follow. Psalm Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word. When I study the scriptures, and live out my faith, people will either be drawn closer, or wander away. Scratching my head at this one. This topic caught my attention from my home page because for many years I have heard people use 2 Corinthians out of context. Time and time again I have heard people use this verse to say a Christian should not be married to an unbeliever.
This view is in conflict with 1 Corinthians In these scriptures Paul stresses that if a believer is married to an unbeliever and the unbeliever is pleased to dwell with the believer; they are not to separate or divorce because the believer might be the instrument God uses to convert the unbeliever. This truth reaches back to us today with high profile leaders promoting the idea of Christ-lam and such activities.
Also this prohibition reaches to Christians joining and being part of secret societies today such as the organization of Free Masonry. Back several years ago I had a friend who was deep in Free Masonry. They are not allowed to ask people to join. People who are interested in becoming a Mason are supposed to approach them. The Mason was instructed that if a Christian held that he should not be unequally yoked with unbelievers he was to be told that 2 Corinthians was speaking of marriage and a Christian should not be married to a non Christian.
We should be careful of our interpretation of this verse and all scripture. I have read through of Mr. I only bring this as a point of clarification. I often have wondered this same thing about whether this is meant for people getting married or for friends, ministry or what.
I wish that all were as I myself am. But each has his own gift from God, one of one kind and one of another. To the unmarried and the widows I say that cit is good for them to remain single as I am. But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion. To the married I give this charge not I, but the Lord : the wife should not separate from her husband but if she does, she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband , and the husband should not divorce his wife.