Why you should not marry an unbeliever

Dan Delzell is an exclusive Christian Post columnist.

hold hands bride groomIf you are a believer and you are already married to someone who is an unbeliever, God’s Word tells you to stay married to your spouse (see 1 Cor. 7:12,13). If on the other hand, you are a single Christian who is considering getting married to an unbeliever, don’t do it. God’s Word says, „Do not be unequally yoked.” (2 Cor. 6:14)

The most important relationship to a Christian of course is my relationship with Jesus Christ. Every other relationship is secondary. If a believer marries an unbeliever, he or she is choosing to ignore what God says about being unequally yoked. It is never smart to ignore God’s Word, and that is certainly the case in a matter as foundational as marriage.

There is no spiritual unity between a believer and an unbeliever. Not an ounce of it. Why? Because a Christian has the Holy Spirit dwelling within him or her, whereas an unbeliever doesn’t have the Spirit’s indwelling presence. The new birth results in a new life and a new spirituality. There is no unity on that level unless both people are converted through faith in Christ.

Without spiritual unity, there can be no ultimate sexual unity. By „ultimate,” I mean the type of sexual unity God designed a husband and wife to enjoy with one another. That only happens when both of them are in a relationship with God. Then and only then do they experience sex as God intended.

Sex between two unbelievers, or between a believer and an unbeliever, is not the way God designed it. A proper relationship with God is always more important than sexual intimacy. Without the first thing being in place, the sexual intimacy will not be the ultimate expression of God’s design. And that approach will never bring the deepest level of satisfaction and contentment.

With a married couple that is unequally yoked, the unbeliever remains outside of God’s grace and forgiveness. This does not prevent the believer from growing in the Lord as much as possible in that challenging situation. While their souls and their sexual relationship will not share any spiritual depth, the couple will nevertheless be loved by God. And hopefully the unbeliever will be won over by the witness of the Christian spouse and the working of the Holy Spirit.
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