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Do Not Be Yoked With Unbelievers January 15, 2012

Posted by flashbuzzer in Books, Christianity.
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Here are my thoughts on 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1.

Summary: Paul begins by exhorting the Corinthians to avoid any intimate associations with unbelievers, as those who conform to God’s law cannot bond with those who oppose it; also, believers and unbelievers are as incongruous as knowledge and error. In addition, just as Christ and Satan cannot be united, believers and unbelievers cannot be united. Indeed, one cannot worship both God and idols, as He dwells in every believer; God has stated that He will dwell with His people, and He will be their God. Given this awesome fact, God commands His people to avoid bonding with unbelievers. Moreover, He will be their Father and they will be His children. Paul concludes by exhorting the Corinthians to strive for purity by avoiding all sin, as sin pollutes their bodies and minds; in this way they will be perfectly holy – by striving to emulate God.

Thoughts: In verse 14, we see that Paul exhorts the Corinthians to avoid any intimate associations with unbelievers. Hodge offers some relevant thoughts on this point:

The exhortation is general and is not to be confined to partaking of heathen sacrifices, nor to intermarriage with the heathen, much less to association with the opponents of the apostle. It no doubt meant something particular in the special circumstances of the Corinthians and was intended to guard them against those entangling and dangerous associations with the unconverted around them, to which they were especially exposed.

I thought about this passage’s modern-day application: what types of intimate associations with unbelievers should today’s believers avoid? There are two obvious answers, as noted above by Hodge:

  • if an unbeliever is of a different faith, a believer should not participate in any of their religious ceremonies
  • a believer should not marry an unbeliever.

Besides these examples, I struggled to formulate a scenario where a believer could form a damaging, intimate association with a non-believer. Should believing parents adopt a non-believing teenager? What if a believer considers a non-believer as their closest friend? Can a believing soldier serve in the same squad as a non-believer – and possibly go into battle with them? It’s not clear to me that Paul’s exhortation has a broad present-day application; thoughts on this are welcome.



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