Chapter 25, Paragraph 3.
“…and therefore such as profess the true Religion, should not Marry with Infidels, or Idolaters; neither should such as are godly be unequally yoked, by marrying with such as are wicked, in their life, or maintain damnable Heresy.”
Marriage is a blessing, but it is not to be entered into lightly. As a Christian, your duty is to marry in the Lord. Searching for someone who loves the Lord more than he loves you should be a priority.
There comes a time where you must evaluate your prospective spouse. Do they profess faith? See if their profession lines up with their actions. Are they striving to live a life of holiness? Do they have a desire to please God? Do they understand the Gospel, or is their definition of a Christian based on tradition? While extending grace to someone who doesn’t have it all together is understandable, the standards must be higher when it comes to marriage. After all, you will become “one flesh” with this person. You, Christian, have been bought with a price; therefore, glorify God in your body, and do not join it with an unbeliever.
You may think that you are strong enough in your faith to withstand any tug your unbelieving husband may exert to draw you away from Christ. But what does it say about your faith now that you would disobey a command of your Lord to marry an unbeliever? Reflect on your faith, examine the faith of the one you are interested in, and submit to the Lord.
Questions to Consider
- How do some Christians justify marrying an unbeliever or a false professor?