Do Not Be Unequally Yoked with Unbelievers
“He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.” – Luke 11:23
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I’m committed to serving Christ and living my life how He wants me to – no matter the cost. I know that many of you reading feel the same. I serve Jesus Christ the risen Savior, and my life belongs to Him. I live out His will for my life. My will is aligned with His.
Part of God’s will is for us, as believers in Christ, to not have fellowship with unbelievers. Jesus said, “He who is not with Me is against Me” (Luke 11:23). Those who don’t believe in Christ are against Him and His followers. The Bible says, “do no walk in the way with them. Keep your foot from their path” (Prov. 1:5).
There’s nothing but trouble waiting when Christians fellowship with unbelievers. We’re warned again, “Do not enter the path of the wicked. And do not walk in the way of evil. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn away and pass on” (Prov. 4:14-15). That’s pretty clear language about staying away from the wicked.
Some may argue that just because someone doesn’t believe in Christ does not mean they are wicked. But that’s not how the Bible characterizes it. Jesus said if you’re not for Him, you’re against Him. There’s only good or evil. There’s no in-between. You either serve Christ or you don’t.
We’re also admonished to “not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.” Albert Barnes says the word yoke “as used here means not to mingle together, or be united with unbelievers.” This gives forth the idea that Christians should not marry non-Christians. But as Barnes notes, the statement does not have to be confined to marriage. It can refer to friendships as well.
“For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness” (2 Cor. 6:14)? We are called to be holy – that means set apart. “Therefore, ‘Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord […]'” (2 Cor. 6:17).
The Lord commands us to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness (Eph. 5:11). That means, we don’t make friends of the world. It doesn’t mean that Christians aren’t friendly to unbelievers. We have to reach them in some way to tell them about Jesus. We aren’t friendly simply to teach them the gospel, but we’re friendly and kind because that’s who we are in Christ.
Let’s not make friends with the devil and be united as if we are one with unbelievers. It only leads to sin, heartache, and pain. And we as Christians want to do everything we can to avoid sin because sin separates us from God.
If you are an unbeliever, you don’t have to remain in your sins. You can have fellowship with Christ and Christians if you will believe in Jesus (John 8:24), if you will confess that He is Lord (Mtt. 10:32-33), if you repent of your sins (Mk. 16:16), and if you will be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins (Acts 2:38). Don’t remain in darkness.
Let’s not unite or yoke ourselves together with unbelievers.
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