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Define Unequally Yoked

Considering second Corinthians 6:14,"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers" should this command. Or recommendation be limited just to unbelievers? Or does it include other stipulations also?

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Regarding Corinthians 6:14, I was recently taken for $5,000.00 in a business investment by a fraudulent borrower. When I mentioned my peril to a Christian friend, she acted as if I deserved it because I was unequally yolked with an unbeliever by investing with a non-Christian. Incidentally, he told me he was a believer and still contends he will pay me (sometime in the future). Anyway, I was deeply disturbed by this notion. Are Christians not to do business with non-Christians? Does this scripture imply that? I transact with non-Christians all day long. My friend says that's why she only allows her children to take lessons from believers, only invests in Christian causes, does not use the stock market, etc. I need clarification. Thanks
---Ann_Gilkey on 2/25/09


this passage is not about courtship. its about compromising with unbelievers. the idea of yoke in the context of Israel is taken from two or more cows working together joined by a yoke on their neck...It thus mean that we will not compromise with them in their sinful deeds, but we can influenced them through our good deeds
---ryan3888 on 10/18/07


Amos3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
It's a command, God doesn't make suggestion or recommendations.

read the rest of the chapter 2Cor it gives you the best answer
Try (test) the spirits wehter they are of God 1Jn4:1 MANY false prophets are gone out into the world and on these blogs
---steven-rem7000 on 10/17/07


Mr. Graham>>Thank you. I don't really worry about it too much. God, well, Him strict with me. Especially when it comes to people. You know feed them, water them. But He is strict.
---catherine on 10/17/07


Catherine nailed it on the head. We are commanded to come out from among them. You share the Word with unbelievers, but you don't hang out with them while they are in pursuit of worldly things. That is not your Christian duty.
---Mr._Graham on 10/17/07




2 Corithians says that He who knew no sin was MADE to be sin. Galatians 3 says that He was made a curse. MADE....BECAME....what do those words mean to you? If something less than made or became, then we can expect less than being made righteous or being a blessing. If you don't believe He was MADE to be sin, then you cannot believe we can be MADE the righteousness of God in Him. To the degree you believe He was made sin is the degree you can believe you are made righteous in Him.
---Linda on 10/17/07


The only way He could be made sin was if he drank the cup of fallen humanity and tasted death for every man. When you eat and drink, you take something INTO yourself and it becomes a part of you. Don't water down the cross. The Lamb is to be eaten not sodden with water but with bitter herbs and roasted with fire (judgment).
---Linda on 10/17/07


Linda>> I am not sure what you are trying to say. Christ in Gal. explans that He paid the ransom price, His precious Blood, to deliver us from slavery to liberty. [the Bible knows nothing of partial redemption]. So that we may become the righteousness in Him. The key words is in Him. In second Corin. you mentioned>>> That was the struggles in the Garden of Gethsemane with the cup of sin which would be poured upon Him on the cross, that we might be made right with God in HIM. Good day++
---catherine on 10/17/07


Catherine, Jesus came into such communion with fallen man that God, in His very Word, called him sin (2 Cor.5:21) and the curse (Gal.3:13). That's pretty intimate with us and the very reason now that the Holy Ghost can operate in the lives of unbelievers to convict and bear witness to the truth.
---Linda on 10/17/07


It was only the Pharisees who had a problem with Jesus sitting at a table with sinners. Jesus has an answer for them. Read it.

Matthew 9:10-13
---Linda on 10/17/07




Now that you know it was the Pharisees who had a problem with who Jesus ate with, go back to the blog on what is Pharaseeism, take note of your own response, and see how the shoe fits.
---Linda on 10/17/07


Commune to be in communion [in respect of ideas, feelings]. Take for example: The man at the pool. When Jesus said, "Rise, take up, walk". The first verb symbolizes spiritual healing [salvation] Christ has NO communion with unbelievers. He saves, then communion follows. Have a great day everyone.++
---catherine on 10/17/07


what communion has light with darkness.

Jesus thought enough of this sinner to commune with me. He did not partake of my sin but He partook of me. I do not think a christian and a non-christian should marry (for biblical and secular reasons). But we all know that christians grow at a different rate. I was an atheist when I married, my poor husband patiently endured my differences until he got saved but today we are still not on the same page. We love and respect one another's differences
---Andrea on 10/17/07


This expression means that when it comes to courting a future life partner it is best to look for someone who is like-minded, who is more likely to agree with you than to disagree and above all one who is not likely to argue in opposition to what you believe.P.
---Pierre on 10/17/07


Blessings Mima, certainly marriage is the yoking together of two people. An unbeliever and a believer should not marry. A clean animal and an unclean animal should not be yoked together to plow. A child of God and a child of the devil cannot be yoked together and pull together in their life goals. Paul is talking about being yoked together in a permanent arrangement like marriage or a membership in a Church. God Bless!
---Cynthia on 10/16/07


Jesus didn't avoid those who had leprosy, plagues, or unclean spirits. He touched them and made them whole. He ate with sinners. One can be among the people and not partake of the darkness. To yoke up with someone is to pull or plow with, to be a partaker with. It is hard to be married to an unbeliever who is pulling against you and it is hard to have unity of the faith if one partner is not in the faith.
---Linda on 10/16/07


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In matters of the gospel, if one preaches another gospel other than what has been received, let him be accursed. Doesn't say to curse him but instead let him just be by virtue of his unbelief in the once for all sacrifice of the Son. One can love Jesus and still be an enemy of the cross of Christ either because of a lack of understanding or a rejection of understanding.
---Linda on 10/16/07


This means a saved person with a unsaved person This man that was in the church met this women and she was not saved they went togather about a week then they got married she went with him a few time then she stop coming and before long he did to. it also means marry a person that is the same faith each one of us have family that are unsaved so if it ment not to have anything to do with unsaved people then that would include
our family that are unsaved
---Betty on 10/16/07


It is wrong for good people to join in with the wicked and profane. [bad rubs off good] No friendship, no bosom friends, not even in religion communion. It is stupid. Christ and Belial are contrary one to the other. Therefore we are to come from among them, to be separate, as one would avoid the society of those who have the leprosy or the plague, and to touch not the unclean thing. It is a base ingratitude to God who has promised to be a Father to them, and that they shall be His sons and daughters,
---catherine on 10/16/07


This question has been answered numerous time previously. The term "Unequally Yoked" only applies between a believer in YHWH and a Pagan. It is impossible for two Christians to be unequally yoked. It can not apply to a relationship between a Christian and Jew because they both believe in YHWH. The definition is Paul's to use it any other way is Blasphemy.
---notlaw99 on 10/16/07


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Here is my personal opinion concerning the Bible verse noted. It goes into more detail than just "unbelievers". Christians can also be unequally yoke to other Christians. For example: one has been led of God to be a missionary, but the person you want to be "yoked" to, doesn't. Or one of the "yoked" wants one denomination but the other doesn't, would be another example of unevenly yoked. Since I've witnessed both issues, know it happens.
---wivv on 10/16/07


Well, it puts unbelievers totally out of the picture. But now that we have eliminated the obviosos...we need to have church pastors and members make reliable discernments about who IN the church really belong together. God judges those who are outsiders > we don't even consider them, but "Do you not judge those who are inside?" (see 1 Corinthians 5:12-13)
---Bill_bila5659 on 10/16/07


I don't think that denominations come into this. Either a person IS a Christian or is NOT, regardless of denomination. I believe that it definitely refers to unbelievers only. However I do not think that it refers to being unequally yoked only in marriage. I'm sure it goes far wider than that and could include not entering a business partnership with an unbeliever, and anything that ties you in some way to another. We should be equally careful in whom we have as our closest friends also.
---RitaH on 10/16/07


In our church we do anything we can to bring together a couple that is divided by velief. If however the unbelieving spouse refuses to see the light, we would be doing a great dis-service to the believer to allow then to remain yoked to the unsaved.
---John on 10/16/07


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Well let us reason together. In this advanced Babylonian culture, we may want to look closely now that you ask. Possibly the one who says he is a GUY CHRISTIAN may be unequally yoked to a heterosexual believer. A so called Morman Christian is unequally yoked to a BIBLE believing Christian. Maybe a Catholic christian is unequally yoked to a Baptist Christian. Maybe a nondeminational Christian is unequally yoked to a denominational Christian? Maybe there are only few christians.
---jody on 10/16/07


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