2 Corinthians 6:14 says, “Do not be bound together with unbelievers.” Among the most common questions asked regarding this text is, “Does it apply to marriage?” A fundamental rule in the proper understanding of scripture is almost always broken when it comes to this question regarding Paul’s universal, straightforward command to the saints at Corinth. Why? Because it is falsely interpreted through the lens of an ancient, popular, and destructive presupposition that divorce is always biblically prohibited, which twists the passage’s clear meaning so that it will not be applied to marriages. Sadly, this leaves believers unable to repent of their sinful marital unions in obedience to the ubiquitous command throughout God’s word to separate from the world of the ungodly.
Does This Passage Apply to Marriage? “Do not be bound together with unbelievers” 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:2
To properly understand this text regarding its application to marriage one merely needs to be disciplined, as always, in avoiding interference from presuppositions. Virtually every saint from the day Paul penned these words until the present time would agree that this text clearly applies to marriages except for the fact that this obvious interpretation strongly conflicts with the view held by so many that divorce is not permitted as a remedy for believers bound in marriage to unbelievers. Tragically the church has traditionally favored a strict prohibition against marital divorce over the necessity for the saints to separate themselves from the sons of disobedience. Precious few verses (“God hates divorce”, “What God has joined together let no man separate”) have been used as platitudes and clichés that have effectively operated like a sledge hammer forcing theologians into a man-made doctrine restricting divorce where God’s grace and mercy commands/allows it. Most of the biblical texts used to improperly form these awful presuppositions are addressed within the articles of this blog.
How Could This Passage Not Apply to Marriage?
Can marriage be defined as a relationship between one man and one woman? Does marriage bind or yoke two people together in order to share the burdens of life? Of course it does. Paul uses the following five words to make his point: Partnership, fellowship, harmony, commonality and agreement. He masterfully instructs the saints in the knowledge that these qualities cannot be in any relationship between a believer and an unbeliever. He does not teach that these will be hard to come by, but rather they cannot exist within unequally yoked relationships. What kind of marriage has no partnership, fellowship, harmony, commonality and agreement? Binding a man and a women together in an unequally yoked marriage incapable of having these qualities is like strapping the dead carcass of a women to the back of a living man and calling it a marriage. The simile of a living person being tied to a dead person is grotesque and vivid, but spiritual life being bound to spiritual death is infinitely more grotesque as much as the spirit is infinitely greater than the body.
Then Paul argues:
As righteousness cannot be in partnership with lawlessness neither can a believer be bound to an unbeliever.
As light cannot have fellowship with darkness neither can a believer be bound to an unbeliever.
As Christ cannot have harmony with Belial (the son of destruction or worthlessness) neither can a believer be bound to an unbeliever.
These are not difficult to manage, rather they are impossible! They cannot be together. This is Paul’s point. All of these pairings are impossible including that of a believer and an unbeliever.
Paul asks, “What agreement has the temple of God with idols? Then he reminds believers that “we are the temple of the living God”. Should a believer bring idols into the temple of God by being married to an unbeliever who by default worships idols? May it never be! Paul then quotes the scriptures, “Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate, says the Lord. And do not touch what is unclean; and I will welcome you. And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me.” Says the Lord Almighty.”
The most wicked words to have ever passed through the lips of many godly men have been the words, “We know that this passage does not apply to marriage.” Tragically these men universally apply this passage to believers considering marriage to an unbeliever, but once the brother or sister has embarked upon the sin of being unequally yoked in marriage they change course and say it no longer applies.
Dear reader, the sole purpose of biblicalviewondivorce.com blog has been to correct the awful misinterpretation of this text and the man-made prohibition against divorce for the unequally yoked in marriage. All of the articles within will answer most of the questions you may have regarding the topic at hand. Start with the articles listed at the top of the home page. Feel free to contact the author as I am most willing to answer fully all questions to the best of my ability.
THE BIG QUESTION: Is It a Sin to Be In an Unequally Yoked Marriage?
Interacting with others on this concern regarding divorce for the unequally yoked in marriage I have discovered that a great deal of confusion exists on determining whether or not it is a sin to be in an unequally yoked marriage. The answer is an overwhelming YES. My proof is offered in the article titled, The Will of God Dictates Divorce for Those Unequally Yoked In Marriage and you will find it at the top of the home page.
A Final Warning: Do Not Use This Blog to Acquire a Divorce of Convenience
Due diligence in reading most of this entire blog and doing your own biblical research will be necessary for you to properly come to a biblical conclusion on your unequally yoked marriage. All who simply use this article to justify a divorce they desperately desire will more than likely be adding more sin to their already sinful state of affairs. More often than not they will end up in another unequally yoked marriage in a few short months or years. True repentance carries a great cost.
It is not wrong to desperately desire a divorce from a godless spouse if we are walking in obedience to the word and the Holy Spirit. When done carefully and prayerfully a believer can transition from the awful state of being unequally yoked to the wonderful state of being bound together with one of the majestic ones in who they will delight, but they must first repent of all the attitudes and actions that have put them were they are today. In addition, true repentance includes making full restitution for those we have hurt intentionally or not, which of course includes the unregenerate spouse and children.
This Article Asks the Questions. The Rest of the Articles Provide the Answers.
Prayerfully read 2 Corinthians 6:14 through 7:2, then diligently begin reading the articles of this blog. One by one the articles will help you understand the biblical position on this most important question: Does God want His children unequally yoked in marriage and does He allow divorce as the path for repentance? Christ’s continued blessings.