Believers dating unbelievers
For some reason, when it concerns matters of the heart, we can often be swayed to wander further outside of God’s boundaries than we may on other matters. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them,’ says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then 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.’ For those of you who are dating, or are tempted to date a nonbeliever, I’d like to challenge you to reconsider.
But we need to be precise at this point so that we do not attempt to protect a clear commandment (you cannot an unbeliever). 90), there was no such thing as modern “dating.” There were marriages, betrothals (similar to but not the same as modern-day engagements), and singleness.It’s a Q&A video on the subject of “Dating a Non-Christian.” You may find this very insightful: I pray this helps in some way.Please know that the person you are dating, considering dating, or even considering marrying (who is not a follower of Jesus), may be a wonderful person in many ways.I would say that once it becomes apparent, to any member of the church, that another member/attendee is becoming involved in a romantic and/or love relationship with an unbeliever, that they must go to the person as step one of the Matthew 18 process, and then follow the rest of the process if necessary."Here at Grace, we believe that the Bible teaches that believers should only marry other believers. Thus, we would strongly discourage any believer from pursuing a dating relationship with a non-believer.In keeping with Matthew 18, we would confront a believer who is involved that an "unequally-yoked" dating relationship.Her name is Angela Mc Innes, now happily married to James, a student for the ministry at the Free Church Seminary in Inverness, Scotland.
Having seen so many Christians damage their lives and testimony in a mad dash to marry, regardless of the warnings and counsel of God’s Word and God’s people, I pray that God will use this testimony to prevent this happening to others, and also to rescue those caught in this snare of the Devil.
“Are you not afraid that this person, the one you love the most in this world, will one day go to a lost eternity if they are not saved? “I’ll just have to deal with that if it ever comes to it,” she replied and they married.
I had been warned by my mother, after speaking out to some of these friends, of the need to take heed in case I also would fall into the same sin.
Here is the article where Steve Shirley gives his biblically-based answer to the question: • CAN I DATE A NON-CHRISTIAN?
And then here’s something you may want to view on this issue, talked about by Pastor Tim Keller.
John Piper is founder and teacher of desiring and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary.