The picture of two oxen bound (or yoked) together is often used to explain this Scripture. Otherwise, they will fight with one another and experience exhaustion.The same is true of two people who marry but don't share a common faith.
She has dated another guy before who was not a Christian, but this scares me now more than ever because: a) I said something about her first boyfriend who wasn't a Christian, and she wasn't concerned, and b) She is in youth leadership at my church.And while many people might disagree, let me share a few verses to help shed some light.This isn’t to say that unbelievers can’t be good people, but I am saying I’d discourage you from dating someone who isn’t on the same spiritual foundation as you.I care so much for the youth in my church, and I do not want the youth thinking that [her relationship] is OK.I also, of course, don't want her to be yoked with an unbeliever.Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
is something many of us have heard of, but how many of us have actually taken part in it?
That is something about which the church must be bold and clear so as to not leave any question about the matter.
As believers, our lives are to be above reproach, holy, pursuing purity and, as leaders, a model for other believers. The bigger question is why has your church allowed someone to lead who A) is not making good choices about basic relationship issues, and B) does not come to church often? Given “B,” we shouldn’t be surprised about “A.” What would we expect? Your friend already knows where you stand on her relationship choices. I don’t think it’s necessary to revisit that with her. As I see it, her choices are not the primary issue. I think what you need to do is get clear from your church leadership, maybe your youth pastor, what are the expectations of young leaders and how can they help the young ones grow spiritually.
You’d be surprised to know how many Christians date someone with opposing religious views, all in hopes of converting them in the near future.
I understand that God can use all things to work together for the good of those who are in Christ, but I cannot help but wonder if God would encourage a relationship that is unequally yoked. I’m not ignorant enough to think that God hasn’t used an unequally yoked couple for His good, but I will still fall on the side of discouraging relationships where both parties aren’t on the same spiritual page. (Proverbs 16)Your relationship with God should always be put above your relationship with anyone else, and that includes your future spouse.
It’s going to mess you up, confuse your heart, and potentially smother your soul.