2Cor 6:14,15 Avoid Ungodly Allegiances

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Feb 21, 2024, 8:23:16 AMFeb 21
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Avoid Ungodly Allegiances

2Cor 6:14,15 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?

"Yoked" is an agricultural term in which two animals are connected together at the neck by a block of wood so that both may be used to pull a plow. In this case Paul may be applying it to a number of circumstances,  the most obvious of which is marriage.

Don't make unnecessary allegiances with unbelievers. "A righteous man is cautious in friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray." Prov 12:26 So for example, "He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm." Prov 13:20 and "Make no friendship with an angry man, And with a furious man do not go, lest you learn his ways And set a snare for your soul." Prov 22:24,25 And while these might not characterize the particular allegiance in question, friendships with unbelievers will be detrimental. And it's also a waste of time, energy and resources of which you could be exercising fruitfully for the kingdom of God.

But obviously this does not mean one avoids any contact with unbelievers. The issue as to whom we chose to be yoked to. Paul writes, "I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—  not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world." 1Cor 5:9,10

However there may be confusion concerning friendship. For in some cultures, such as in the US, "friendships" are generally so shallow as to be merely acquaintances. The Bible is speaking of friendship as something more than a casual association. But it should be obvious that Christians should not date non-Christians, let alone marry them. Why would they even want to? One wonders whether such people are Christians indeed if they chose such allegiances. Follow Jesus example and that of his apostles. Spend the majority of your free time with believers.

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