Summary: Why should I not marry a non-believer?
by Sis Bala Samson
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This message has the following headings:
a) Conversion is not enough, you need commitment.
b) Follow commandments of God instead of commandments of men.
c) What are the repercussions of marrying a non-believer?
d) Falling in love with a wrong person!
When a believer marries a non-believer, the family is divided. And as Jesus said, “A house divided against itself. . . cannot stand.” (Mark 3:25)
a) Conversion is not enough, you need commitment
Right from day one, the home becomes a battle zone; when there are two people following two different faith. It may seem all hunky-dory for a while, but very soon the topic of religion would crop up.
Friend, conviction of sins should lead to confession of sins, conversion of heart and then followed by commitment. Conviction, confession, conversion and commitment! The latter one is lacking among the gamut of Christians! Commitment! After experiencing God in a powerful way, it is heart-rending to watch people turn back to their old life style. When his son was forty and things looked bleak, Abraham dug his heels deep and stood ground and said: (Genesis 24: 3,4) “I will make you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell; but you shall go to my country and to my family, and take a wife for my son Isaac." God honored the faith of Abraham and blessed him with the lovely daughter-in-law Rebecca who watered ten camels belonging to the servant of Abraham. You would get the best when you take the best stand for God! Do not buckle down to pressures, stand firm for His values and walk the path of God!
Does not the Bible warn us:
2 Corinthians 6:14 – “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? “
Exodus 23:32 “Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.
Exodus 34:12 “Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee.”
Numbers 16:26 "Depart now from the tents of these wicked men! Touch nothing of theirs, lest you be consumed in all their sins."
1 Corinthians 10:14 “Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.”
The above are not mere statements but they are the commandments of God! Hearken unto His voice today! If we disobey then there would be CURSES in our life!
Deuteronomy 11:26-28 "Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse:
27 the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you today;
28 and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known.
God warned the people through Moses to stay away from idol worshipping people:
Exodus 23:31”And I will set your bounds from the Red Sea to the sea, Philistia, and from the desert to the River. For I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you shall drive them out before you.
32 You shall make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.
33 They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against Me. For if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you."
Further He gave a strong instruction to burn the idols:
Deuteronomy 7:25”You shall burn the carved images of their gods with fire; you shall not covet the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, lest you be snared by it; for it is an abomination to the LORD your God.
26 Nor shall you bring an abomination into your house, lest you be doomed to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest it and utterly abhor it, for it is an accursed thing.
I had written a devotion on ‘commandments of men’ which I reproduce here so that you get better understanding on the subject of ‘forbidden alliance.’
b) Follow commandments of God instead of Commandments of men!
Mark 7:3,7’For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands in a special way, holding the tradition of the elders. 7 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'
Sit to the left, face east, there should be exactly 9 plates to be carried by the bride, where is the uncle, betel-leaf and betel-nuts should be kept on the plate, not to forget sandal paste, kumkum, turmeric powder, scented powder, colored rice and rose water!!! Don’t mistake this to be voices heard at a hindu wedding; these were the statements/arrangements made by church-going Christians who had Bible in one hand and the scented sandal paste in the other hand. Wonder what it is all about? I am talking about commandments of men today! Stay with me to hear things that are hushed and shoved under the carpet; abominations done by the children of God.