Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. 2 Cor 6:14-18 (KJV)
Unequally yoked … just what does that mean? Read today’s text and see what we can pick apart. Do you know what a yoke is? This is a picture of a yoke – you can see two openings, one for each oxen. Now picture two oxen in this yoke and how these two oxen would go about their daily routine. Now ask yourself these questions:
- Can the two walk in opposite directions?
- IF they did walk in opposite directions, what would happen?
- Do you think the oxen would get into a battle?
- Do you think they would experience pain around their necks from the struggling?
I absolutely love the word of God! There are spiritual applications in everything we read, amen? So let’s look at this spiritual application.
Can an unsaved man and a saved woman walk in opposite directions? The oxen cannot, therefore, neither can man and wife. A man and wife are “one.” How can “one” go in two different directions? The wife will be coaxed in the husband’s direction, and vice versa. This is a very difficult situation to be in. This is why we are warned of this in 2 Corinthians 6:14.
There is nothing but heartache for an unequally yoked couple who knowingly goes into a marriage. Starting a marriage in direct disobedience to God will certainly bring its share of chastisement. It won’t help if you knowingly go into an unequally yoked marriage and then attend church faithfully. (1 Sam 15:22) Obedience to God’s will is what He expects. Like any good father, the Lord will “spank” His child. (Prov. 13:24)
It is better to end an unequally yoked relationship before it gets too serious. I know many will not like reading this. They’re thinking to themselves, “But I can win my future spouse to the Lord!” You can’t know that for certain! Life with an unbeliever is extremely difficult. Read the rest of today’s text! You have the Holy Spirit and the spouse has the spirit of his father the devil! If you knowingly go into this relationship, you will be struggling daily! I assure you!
I know because I am in an unequally yoked marriage. I repented and accepted Christ as my Saviour after I was married so I was not disobedient when I got married because neither of us was saved. However, I want to use this opportunity to encourage a Christian out there to stop before you get yourself into a life time of difficulties! I have been married 37 years now and my husband is still not saved. I pray every day that he will come to know the Lord Jesus Christ.
Just like today’s picture of the yoke, a husband and wife cannot walk in two separation directions without pain. There will be battles and there will be conflicts. Don’t do it, Christian! Marriage is a wonderful institution and can be wonderful when the husband and wife are both saved. But when one is not, it is a constant battle between right and wrong! Heed my warning, I beg of you!