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Christian Dating Pt4: Do Not be Unequally Yoked

2 Corinthians 6:14 ESV
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? This is scriptural: (2 Corinthians 6:15 ESV) What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? (Deuteronomy 7:3-4)

Some people believe that the verse only requires both people to believe in Christ. However, (James 2:19) even the devil believes in Jesus.

Does this mean more than to just both be Christian? Many Christians believe this. I asked a bunch of friends what they think of this and the answers were numbing:

“As long as you are both Christian and you want each other then you are equally yoked.”

“We need to be the same faith.”

“We need to be in the same place in our Christian walk. It would be difficult if one person was a matured Christian and the other was a new Christian.”

“They both need to be willing to learn new things, engage in new experiences. They need to realize that their current view of Christ is not the ‘final word’ on relationships, religion, and God’s will.’

“If one is more spiritually in touch then the stronger one would help the other. They are only secondary things we would all like, different things of some sort. We will never find a person who loves what I love, and vice verse.” Duncan 1975 at www.christiancafe.com

Some friends came up with a list:
• The other person makes me feel guilty about how I am and what I believe.
• The other person doesn’t think the ‘equally yoked’ verse is very important
• What is the other person’s view of sin? We can do what we want because grace covers it. Or, We shouldn’t sin because it grieves God.
• Do their priorities line up with the bible? Do they put work over church or family?
• Both people need to have the same ideals about relationship, communication, forgiveness,
• There should be a unity of hearts and minds
• Being equally yoked is a ‘choice’ – both people work hard at the relationship
• Share the same Christian life and commitment, church attendance, praying, bible study
• Share the same view on wife submission – husband love
• Share the same idea of what the great commission and being ministry minded
• Share the same ideas of whom the Holy Spirit is – and their idea of who he is
• Follows the same Godly instruction concerning dating, i.e. fornication is unlawful.

“I beseech you, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, that there be no divisions among you; but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” (1 Cor. 1:10)

“I would that you knew what great conflict I have for you….that your hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God the Father and of Christ;” (Col. 2:1-2)

Christian Dating Part1: What Does The Bible Say?

Christian Dating Part2:Is Your Date a Real Christian?

Christian Dating Part3: Painful Relationships – UnGodly Soul Ties

Christian Dating Part4: Do Not Be Unequally Yoked”

Christian Dating Part5: What is a True Christian? What is True Love?

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