And to be on a trajectory to disobey a text is to disobey a text.
And 2 Corinthians , “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers,” ties in with that as it relates to marriage.
For more study on this check out lesson 12 on choosing a godly mate in our series on the book of Proverbs on our web site.It seems to me that one should not date anyone whom Proverbs tells us not to associate with, and that one should consider dating only those who possess the qualities of a good friend (or of a potential life’s mate).For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Is dating an expression of a desire that another person has become more precious to me than God? And if it is, I don’t care if the person is a believer or an unbeliever, Christian or non-Christian. You can date a non-Christian and be sinning because your affections or your love or your need for that person might reflect that God doesn’t have a place in your life nearly as big and powerful and satisfying and beautiful as he ought to have in your life.He is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist, and most recently Expository Exultation: Christian Preaching as Worship. If you have a felt need for companionship that is greater than your felt need for God, then you are sinning.And I think the reason is that marriage is a union of the deepest kind.
It is meant to be a union of soul as well as a union of body.
But what if he said, “Well, I really am attracted to this person.
And dating for me is part of a cultivation of a romantic relationship that could lead to marriage.” Then I would say, “If you are doing that, if you are pursuing an unbeliever with a view to awakening, quickening, and deepening a romantic relationship that could lead to marriage, you are compromising your love for Christ and you are going against what the Bible says and you are doing something wrong.” First Corinthians says that we are to marry “only in the Lord.” And if you are on a trajectory to fall in love with and marry a woman who is outside the Lord, you are on a trajectory to disobey this text.
These are very conservative scholars that are doing the work of textual criticism to help us have the most accurate translation of the Bible as possible.
Today, they are together again — in Paradise; together forever and to never die again.
This would not only exclude unbelievers, but it would also exclude many who profess to be believers as well.