Christians Marrying Unbelievers. Is It Wrong?
Does the Bible prohibit interfaith marriages? Often, a religiously mixed marriage will consist of a born-again believer yoked with a religious unbeliever. Does the Bible discourage this type of union?
In 2 Corinthians, the apostle Paul wrote that a Christian is not to be yoked or joined together with an unbeliever. In support of this statement, he asks the question, "...for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?" (2 Corinthians 6:14-15).
Many sincere Christians married an unbeliever and find themselves in a state of stark contrast and conflict. The answer is distinctly clear that a believer and an unbeliever have nothing of deep spiritual importance in common with each other. Note the biblical contrast of the believer versus the unbeliever as portrayed in scripture:
When a believer is attracted to an unbeliever to the point of marriage, the Christian is either ignorant as to the contrast or will just simply ignore it. BUT WHY DOES GOD ALLOW IT? When God permits a Christian to marry an unbeliever... He will use the unbeliever to chastise the Christian with the express purpose of bringing spiritual growth for the Believer and redemption of the unbeliever. Inevitably, the contrast between a Christian and unbeliever in marriage will come to a head.
Once the Christian and unbeliever are bound in marriage; it is God's will for that marriage to remain until death do them part (1 Corinthians 7:27a). God will never prescribe a divorce. It then becomes necessary for the Christian to realize their need to seek God's help in bringing the unbelieving spouse to faith in Christ Jesus. This can only be realized by growing in the grace of God.
There is nothing more attractive or needed in winning an un-believing spouse to Christ than a Christian who is perpetually influenced by the grace of God (1 Peter 3:1,7).
Sincerely, Dr. Arthur Belanger
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