Is it possible for married Christians to be unequally yoked?


Clarify Share Report Asked February 12 2016 Mini Charlene Turnbull

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
In my opinion, married Christians cannot be unequally yoked in the sense that Paul is using the term in the passage being referred to in the question (2 Corinthians 6:14).

Christian couples may have their differences and disagreements, but the fundamental framework of their shared belief in Christ, and the common perspective of life that they should hold because of being Christian, should enable them (with the help of the Holy Spirit) to work through or resolve those disagreements in a spirit of love and forgiveness.

By contrast, marriages where one partner is Christian and the other is not would provide no common source of reference or belief to draw on that would be strong enough to keep them committed to each other when serious difficulties arise.

The contrast between marriages where both partners are Christians, and marriages where one partner is Christian and the other is not, is so great that Paul describes a Christian being married to a non-Christian in terms such as light having fellowship with darkness; righteousness with unrighteousness; Christ with Satan; or God with idols.

However, Paul's words are directed to unmarried Christians. If a person becomes a Christian after having already married a non-Christian spouse, the Christian should not separate from or divorce the non-Christian spouse for that reason (1 Corinthians 7:12-16).

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