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Summary: One of the greatest words in the human language is the word “relationship.” Some relationships we have are wonderful and give us life, while others are harmful. Just as radiation exposure can be hazardous to your health, there are some relationships that

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INTRODUCTION

You may notice there is something strange about me today. I know I’m always a little strange, but look on the bright side—you get to see me at my best. I’m a pretty strange in the daytime, but as Frank Sinatra said, I’m even stranger in the night!

Okay, so you’ve noticed I’m wearing two different kinds of shoes today—it’s to demonstrate the main point of this message. I want you to see this truth with your own eyes. You might say I want you to see a shoe sermon. Wow, that’s almost a tongue twister! Let’s all try saying this three times: “She sees a shoe sermon.”

I’m wearing these mismatched shoes because the Bible warns about the danger of getting into relationships where we are spiritually mismatched with another person. The actual words are, “Don’t be yoked together with unbelievers.” Most of us can’t relate to a yoke, because it was an ancient farm instrument. But I think all of us can understand what it means to wear mismatched shoes. So, after looking at my two mismatched shoes for the next thirty minutes, if you still don’t get the point of this message ... then I guess the yoke’s on you.

One of the greatest words in the human language is the word “relationship.” We all are looking for help with our relationships, that’s one reason why Dr. Charles Lowery, who spoke here two weeks ago is in such demand. He’s a relationship coach. Some relationships we have are wonderful and give us life, while others are harmful. The title of this message is “radioactive relationships” to remind us that just as radiation exposure can be hazardous to your health, there are some relationships that can be hazardous to your spiritual health.

2 Corinthians 6:14- 7:1. “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said [3 Old Testament quotations]: ‘I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.’ [Jeremiah 32:38] ‘Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.’ [Isaiah 52:11] ‘I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters,’ says the Lord Almighty.’ [2 Samuel 7:14] Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”

Based upon these passages, I want to talk to you about two kinds of relationships. One is a dangerous relationship and the other is a dynamic relationship. First let me warn you about:

1. DESTRUCTIVE RELATIONSHIPS: LINKED TO UNBELIEVERS


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