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Whom Shall I Date?

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Whom Shall I Date?

Someone might object, saying that all the "traditional" Scriptures used against marring out of the church deal only with marriage. He/she might reason that it is permissible to court someone who is not a Christian so long as he/she does not make any commitment to marry until the "outsider" has obeyed the gospel. Let it be clear, however, that when the Lord forbids a specific sin, He also forbids that which leads to that sin, and regards also that as sin.

The words of Paul in 2 Corinthians 6 can be equally applied to courtship as to marriage. In fact Paul does not specifically speak about courtship or marriage. He speaks in a very general way, and includes all relationships between a believer and an unbeliever. Certainly courtship and marriage are included. What does a young Christian lady have in common with a young man from the world and vise-versa? Nothing, says Paul. Therefore they must not be yoked unequally in ANY relationship.

So obvious is God’s prohibition against mixed marriage that no one can possibly deny this and still maintain the integrity of the Bible. There are some who may try to circumvent this prohibition by stating that this prohibition is time bound to the Church of the old dispensation, and is no longer applicable in the New Testament Church. But Paul clearly taught that the Old Testament rule for Israel finds its place also in the New Testament Church (cf. 2 Cor. 6:14ff.). Young people marry whom they date.

 

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