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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted From Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program #133, CT #306052
"WHEN YOUR MATE IS A BELOVED UNBELIEVER - PART I"
I Peter 3, II Corinthians 6
I suppose one of the greatest challenges a pastor has to deal with
is a couple who is unequally yoked. A large percentage of counseling concerns
wives whose husbands have never made a public or private commitment to Jesus
Christ. In every case she loves her man. He's a good husband in every way, but
he is an unbeliever, and she finds herself as the Bible says, unequally yoked.
That is a term found in II Corinthians, Chapter 6. In that passage, God's Word
says in verse 14:
"DO NOT BE BOUND TOGETHER" (or unequally yoked, that's
the same terminology) "WITH UNBELIEVERS; FOR WHAT PARTNERSHIP
HAVE RIGHTEOUSNESS AND LAWLESSNESS, OR WHAT FELLOWSHIP HAS LIGHT
WITH DARKNESS? OR WHAT HARMONY HAS CHRIST WITH BELIAL,
OR WHAT HAS A BELIEVER IN COMMON WITH AN UNBELIEVER?"
The term, "Belial" means, "a person who is against God or who is not a God-
server or a Lord-server." It's a spirit of evil, a follower of one other than
Christ or God. So, Paul says, "You are unequally yoked." And that means,
you've got a challenge. Let me share then, for those unequally yoked, this
first my three-part message.
I. DEFINE YOUR SITUATION.
What does it mean to be "unequally yoked?" The term "yoked" is found in the
Old Testament. The Bible says in the Book of Leviticus that certain kinds of
animals were not to be yoked together in terms of breeding, in order to keep the
species clean. Also in the Bible the term "yoked" is spoken of, for instance
when the Assyrians, the Babylonians, and you'll find later on in the Bible, the
Egyptians came down into Israel. They "yoked" them in the bonds of tyranny and
political oppression. That was a yoke of bondage. It speaks of young men not
wanting to learn and wear the yoke of obedience, and it talks abo ...
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