"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers, for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? What communion has light with darkness?" (II Cor. 6:14) I have heard a lot of different beliefs on exactly what being unequally yoked together means. Some believe this means Christians must have nothing to do with worldly people. But wait, Jesus tells us to go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you (Matt. 28:19-20). This passage pretty much puts a hole in the balloon of that belief, for how can we teach all nations, if we cut ourselves off from them? Another common belief often heard, is that a Christian cannot be married to a non-Christian. As always let's look to God's Word for the answer. I Cor. 7:12-15 addresses this very question. If any brother has a wife that believes not, and she is pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. Likewise, if a Christian woman has an unbelieving husband, and he is pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. The unbelieving spouse is sanctified by the believing spouse, and their children will be legitimate.

In the old testament we find being unequally yoked together mentioned. Thou shall not sow thy vineyard with different kinds of seed for one or the other will be defiled. Thou shall not plow with an ox and a donkey yoked together. (Deut. 22:9-10) One might logically ask, why? The answer is quite simple, for two different kinds of seeds will yield different crops and one will root out or defile the other. A donkey and an ox are not compatible to be yoked together to pull a plow. They may be fine in a pasture together, but very little, if any work, will be accomplished using such an incompatible pair to pull a plow.

"Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." (Matt. 11:29-30) This verse tells us that we are to be yoked with Jesus and strive to do His work and always be more like Him as we press on in our journey of life on this earth.

Shortly before His crucifixion, Jesus prayed to the Father that His disciples not be taken out of the world, but they be kept from the evil one. They were not of this world, even as He was not of this world. (John 17:15-16) Just as Jesus was in this world, but was not of this world, so must we be. Christians are not to love the world or the things in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. The temporary things of this life will be gone in an instant one day, but he that does the will of God shall abide forever. (I John 2:15-17) One absolutely cannot be yoked to Jesus Christ, while at the same time being yoked to this sinful world. We are not to act as people of this world act, but instead be an imitator of Christ and spread His gospel so others may be saved and have an everlasting home in heaven with Him, when this brief earthly visit is over.

We invite all who would, to come together with us each Sunday morning at Kedron on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Kentucky, to worship God in spirit and in truth. We neither add to God's word or take from it. Bible study at 10:00 and Worship at 11:00.