Christians being unequally yoked with non-believers = bad idea

Christians not even knowing they shouldn’t be yoked with non-believers and/or being proud of being unequally yoked = really bad idea.

The World Council of Churches (WCC) and people like United Church of Christ (UCC) spokesman Chuck “Jesus is not the only way” Currie think it is a great idea for Muslims and Christians to meet in Geneva to build a common future.

“Christians and Muslims have a joint responsibility to contribute the very best of their theological, spiritual, and ethical resources for the common good of humanity”, stated the organizers.

The group expects the consultation to “develop concrete ways of building a common future, in order to achieve more compassionate and just societies, based on equality, co-citizenship and mutual respect”.

(I wonder if they will convince the Muslims to stop the honor killings, persecution of those who leave the faith, etc.?)

Do they have any Bible verses to back up their views?  Do none of them know their Bibles?  Or do they not care what it says?

2 Corinthians 6:14–15 (ESV) Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?

When the Bible teaches not to be unequally yoked it isn’t just about not marrying non-Christians (though that obviously applies).  It means we shouldn’t pretend that we serve the same God and shouldn’t partner with them on spiritual matters.

Chuck even trots out his old sermon where he preached on John 14:6 and concluded that Jesus is not the only way to salvation.  In addition to not understanding that simple verse, Chuck’s seminary forgot to tell him about the other 100+ passages that teach the same thing — as well as the countless commands in the Old Testament not to worship other Gods.

The truth of the matter is that we all can learn from the different ways we understand the Almighty

Let’s try an example.  One way Christianity views the Almighty is that Jesus is God and that He died on the cross and rose again.  One way Islam views the “Almighty” is that Jesus is not God and did not die on the cross.  The Koran is quite explicit:

And for claiming that they killed the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, the messenger of GOD. In fact, they never killed him, they never crucified him – they were made to think that they did. All factions who are disputing in this matter are full of doubt concerning this issue. They possess no knowledge; they only conjecture. For certain, they never killed him. Instead, GOD raised him to Him; GOD is Almighty, Most Wise. Koran, Sura 4:157-158

So how do religious pluralists reconcile those views?

We have a name for people who hold Chuck’s views: Non-Christians.  Let’s just say that Christianity may not be their forte.

Of course, that doesn’t mean we can’t be friends or interact with non-believers.  We wouldn’t get very far sharing the Gospel if that was the case.

Run, don’t walk, from the WCC, the UCC and any other group who thinks Jesus wants us to partner with non-Christians to serve him and especially those who can’t support the simple claim that Jesus is the only way to salvation.

7 thoughts on “Christians being unequally yoked with non-believers = bad idea

  1. The truth of the matter is that we all can learn from the different ways we understand the Almighty

    For some reason, people feel compelled to talk to me about how they found Christianity. There’s some who found it through spiritual suffering, some through leading almost charmed lives, some through physical pain, some from being saved from death. CS Lewis was reasoned into it. Many post-abortive women and former atheists find the only world-view that explains their guilt and remorse.

    Something tells me, though, that Currie isn’t talking about that.

    • For some reason, people feel compelled to talk to me about how they found Christianity.

      That’s because we want you to join our side. It is a vast conspiracy ;-) . And we’d gladly trade Chuck, half the seminary graduates and half the members of mainline churches — all of whom falsely claim the name of Christ — to get one authentic conversion!

      Seriously, that is fascinating the varied ways people find Christ.

      • Neil, I don’t think you’ve lived until you’ve been minding your own business and sampling the chai tea at Teavana and had some guy walk up to you and start talking to you about his conversion. :D

  2. This mirrors a recent post at Stan’s that asked about “shunning” an unrepentent sinner. That is, if your brother is sexually promiscuous, and you and the family spoke to him about the sinfulness of that behavior, but he refuses to repent and carries on with it, would you shun him as Paul seems to suggest one should?

    As it happens, a certain “anabaptist” wondered, “what if the brother believed he was not sinning?” Of course in this case, he was referring to a particular form of sexual immorality that he always defends. But it has lead me to wonder, well, what if a person engaged in several prohibited behaviors but felt none of them was truly sinful? How many wrongful behaviors must one favor before his claim of Christian faithfulness is complete BS, and/or he is actually worshiping a false god? Does “sincerity” make any difference regarding sin? That is, it’s still a sinful behavior to God, even if I might think it isn’t, right? Certainly our acceptance of Christ covers our imperfections, but to me that seems to be a matter of knowing we have sinned, that we acknowledge we gave into temptation. But to consider wrong right? At what point has such a person become a non-believer since “his” God does not call sinful what “our” God does? How can we be worshiping the same God?

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