June 17, 2019

Don’t Be Unequally Yoked! - 2 Corinthians 6:14-16

"A true sincere Christian is solidly warned not to be partners with somebody who is not truly a sincere Christian."

Family Discussion:

  • What do you think God is saying to you personally about not being unequally yoked?
  • How can the desire for love or friendship or the desire for money blind you to this command in scripture?

Transcription:

00:04 Man, this book we're studying together has got so many treasures. There's so many promises in this book, they're countless. But there's also some commands in this book, and you know what, God is not timid about his commands. And if we would listen to this one today, I can think of hundreds of conversations I've had over the years of of pain and heartache that they would be saved if we just listened to this one. Second Corinthians 6 verse 14 through 16, this command like all the rest of the scripture is to protect us and provide for us. Here it is. "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? What agreement is there between the Temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God, as God has said, I will live with them and walk among them and I will be their God and they will be my people."

01:17 Can you imagine two oxen unequally yoked, one is aggressive and one is lazy and how awful the ride would be behind that cart of those oxen. That's the picture of the devotional today. And you know what? I can think off the top of my head of half dozen conversations I've had in the last couple of years, you know, with businessmen and businesswomen who've yoked themselves unequally with an unbeliever, a believer making a partnership or a deal with an unbeliever. And when the money showed up and the company began to grow, the unbeliever showed his colors. And even though he might've said he was a Christian, he truly wasn't a follower of Christ. It didn't have the same values. And the partnership broke up and the company disappeared in debt. And lawsuits often ensued.

02:09 And then there's the teen cards that I get it at the youth rallies that I do. And the college events that I do where they fill out these cards and they tell me their stories and the stories of being unequally yoked are heartbreaking. Here's one that said, "Joe, my friends told me that by getting high, my problems would go away. That wasn't true at all. First we tried speed and then pot and angel dust and LSD, although I only tried LSD one time. It was an experience I will never forget. It literally blew my mind." And then there was another one that said, "Joe, he told me that he loved me and like all the rest we'd get married someday. He talked me into sex and then we broke up. I was crushed. I felt like I had 200 knives going through my heart. And another one wrote me and said, "you know what? I began to hang out with the wrong friends. They were always partying and drinking. And before long they took me down with them."

03:15 Unequally yoked, paired up with an unbeliever, scripture carefully and clearly warns that's a mistake that will bring us down every time. You know what, a Christian has got a witness to the laws, you know, no doubt. But a true sincere Christian is solidly warned not to be partners with, not to be boyfriends with, girlfriends with, to date, to fall in love with somebody who is not truly a sincere Christian. You know what? This passage is a clear warning from God that if you don't listen to like, the two oxen trying to pull the cart in opposite directions, you know, it'll fall apart every time. And here's the question today, what do you think God is saying to you personally about not being unequally yoked? And then secondly, how can the desire for love or friendship or the desire for money blind you to this command in scripture? And then this takes it home: If you find yourself unequally yoked today, what do you need to do? And then the lifeline today is this, men, keep the yoke of family going strong and make it a relationship of give and take where you give more than you take. It'll make your family strong as all get out.

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