Q: The bible says don’t be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. Doesn’t that mean that if my spouse Is an unbeliever and its affecting my ministry, that I should leave them?

A: First let’s look at the context of the unequally yoked scripture:

2 Corinthians 6: 11 O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged.
12 Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels.
13 Now for a recompence in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged.
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Its Apostle Paul talking to the Congregation in a city about fellowship, not marriage covenant.
Marriage is a creation ordinance, and it is a higher form of union than fellowship.

It’s a very ignorant sin to leave a marriage because you think its unequally yoked. Unequal yokes applies to fellowship, it’s not to be used to justify divorce after the one flesh covenant has already been done.
Let’s look at what this same Apostle Paul said to the same Congregation about their marriages with unbelievers.

1 Corinthians 7: 10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband:
11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.
12 But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.
13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.
14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.
15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.
16 For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt SAVE THY HUSBAND? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt SAVE THY WIFE?

1. The Lord’s Command is to remain with your spouse, and if you need to depart from your spouse, then remain unmarried, or wait and be reconciled. Why? Because divorce and remarriage is adultery.

2. The part where Paul says “to the rest speak I, not the Lord” Paul is giving his advice on trying your best to stay with an unbelieving spouse in order to SAVE them and SAVE the children.

If you continue in that chapter Paul is talking about SAVING the wife or husband, not finding someone else to commit adultery with. The overall point of the whole chapter is to Serve the Lord in PRAYER AND FASTING if you are unmarried or separated, and Serving your SPOUSE if you are married.

There are times where husbands and wives may have to separate due to abuse or violence… But then you go back to what the Lord said – “let her remain unmarried.”

Why? Because the remarriage is adultery. That’s clear later in the chapter in vs 39, and in Romans 7:1-2, and it’s clear from Jesus’s teachings in Matthew, Mark, and Luke also.

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