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Christopher loreto January 18, 2019 at 7:08 pm

What if you become a believer at the time that you have been dating a person for a few years but are not married? Do you still leave them?

Jack Wellman January 19, 2019 at 10:11 am

If you don’t want a divided marriage, you should not marry an unbeliever and besides, and we’re commanded to not married those who are not believers. Will your children be atheists or forced not to go to church or your husband mate will watch R-rated movies that you detest. Do you still leave them? DOn’t ask me. Obey the word of God. The timing doesn’t matter. EIther Jesus is most precious to you or this other person is.

F4 September 6, 2019 at 12:03 pm

Where does the definition of “Belial” as “someone who is self-sufficient, truly independent, and has no master” come from? Any specific source? I’ve only found that it means “worthless,” and that it seems to have become the word used for the Devil.

Jack Wellman September 6, 2019 at 12:08 pm

Hello F4. I could find no reference about Belial as having no master or who is self-sufficient. Even Satan needed God to create him and is not independent but God uses his evil for good. Belial does not mean worthless but close to it; more like a worthless, evil or lawless person (which is worthless in this world!). In the New Testament it is found only in 2 Corinthians 6:15 , where it is used as a name of Satan, the personification of all that is evil. It is translated “wicked” in Deuteronomy 15:9 ; Psalms 41:8 (RSV marg.); 101:3 ; Proverbs 6:12 , etc. The expression “son” or “man of Belial” means simply a worthless, lawless person ( Judges 19:22 ; 20:13 ; 1 Samuel 1:16 ; 2:12 ).

F4 October 4, 2019 at 3:10 pm

I’m a bit confused: Why is that phrase in the article above?

“someone who is self-sufficient, truly independent, and has no master”

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Jack Wellman October 4, 2019 at 3:57 pm

That’s another meaning of the word Belial…someone who is completely independent from God.

F4 October 8, 2019 at 10:47 am

According to…Popular culture somewhere in the US? I never heard it used that way anywhere I’ve been. Or…according to what source?

Disby October 2, 2019 at 4:44 am

Help me make a convincing argument when someone points me to 1 Corinthians 7:12-14 as justification for unequally yoked relationship. Recently I was criticised for trying to be ‘too holy’ and not forgiving and accepting my fellow Christian who stumbled, because I did not attend the ‘christening’ ceremony of my cousin’s daughter who had eloped to marry an unbeliever. Now I know that I did not attend that ceremony because I felt that the entire ceremony was more about gaining acceptance from society rather than God, but now I’m second guessing myself if I’m being too harsh and unforgiving. How do I get out of this dilemma? I understand that nobody is perfect and it is impossible to expect someone to follow all the commandments in the Bible, but how do I proceed in this situation..? Please help.

Jack Wellman October 2, 2019 at 11:45 am

Hello Disby. These verses are talking about someone who is already married and not about someone getting married. That is a difference of day and night. How they can justify their actions after knowing we are commanded to not be unequally yoked is beyond me. We are commanded to not divorce an unbelieving spouse, but also not to marry an unbeliever. They have sinned and are asking for a terrible family relationship and confused children (do they go to church or not?), but what is done is done. You cannot unscramble an egg. You were actually in the right. Many who say they are Christians and yet disobeyed clear commands like not marrying an unbeiever or divorcing an unbelieving spouse will believe they are going to haaven but these same “many” will be turned away at Christ’s appearance (Matt 7:21-23).

F4 October 4, 2019 at 3:05 pm

I might have some experience that could (hopefully) be helpful to “Disby:” When some people expect us to accept certain things, we should remind them, first of all, that we have a right to decide for ourselves, and that such an action shouldn’t mean such a GREAT thing as they seem to take it.

In your case, and if you see it fit, I would remind them of Paul’s advice that “if an unbeliever invites you, AND YOU WANT TO GO, go.” So, it is implicit that if you didn’t want to go there, you were in your complete right to refuse to go.

As far as the person marrying an unbeliever, if the environment is hostile enough against your ideas, you could as well just say you prefer not to go. People should not force others to much of anything, expecially as regards going places.

Alessandra Gray April 29, 2020 at 3:37 am

Thank you. I think it’s also important to note that being a believer is just the first part of making a dating or marriage decision. There are plenty of believers who do not live lives daily submitted to Christ and the guidance of the spirit (out of step as you mentioned, not quite submitted to being yoked single, but nonetheless saved and believing). I would caution believers to discern the maturity of other believers as they explore dating and marriage as well. Your potential life long mate should show they already have a life submitted to Christ. Thanks again.

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