Starting a business with an unbeliever can put Christians in a terrible situation. It can cause Christians to compromise, there will be disagreements, etc.
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? At the outset, when dealing with controversial and potentially divisive passages like this one, there can be ungodly attitudes expressed by name calling, cheap shot invectives, and attacking the person without ever having to wrestle with the actual text of Scripture pertaining to the matter at hand.
I have sadly witnessed this as of late when a nugatory blogger took it on himself to point his sharp, unbridled tongue towards a pastor and a woman commenting on his blog about this issue for simply voicing a different view.
Let me assure you, that will not be happening here in this article and will not be tolerated in the meta either. As you know, I am not shy when it comes to taking on issues and engaging in profitable, vigorous, even sometimes heated discussion.
But careless venting and ranting designed to attack the person rather than biblically deal with the issue will not be allowed here please read my blog rules if you are unclear of those guidelines.
Therefore, due to the recent confusion that some have made concerning this text, let me begin by stating what this passage is not teaching with the hopes of producing clarity on this important subject. It is not a call to isolationism. Doing business and trade with nonbelievers is not prohibited by Scripture.
Being involved in community projects and events with nonbelievers is not prohibited by Scripture. But what is prohibited, is any kind of partnership in a spiritual enterprise or ministry involving making Christ known, preaching of the Word, evangelism, worship, the furtherance of the local church, etc.
I will unfold that in just a minute. It is not a call to divorce your unsaved spouse. BUT, if you are married to a nonbeliever, the Apostle is not giving you an automatic out here.
You are not to divorce your unbelieving spouse, but remain in that union praying for their regeneration. And, it is not a call to avoid contact with nor having fellowship with nonbelievers.
How can we serve them and do good works to them if we are not involved with their lives? So those are three things that the Apostle is not meaning by the command: But some of them were very practical and wise and one of the things that He instructed them, recorded in Deuteronomy And the reasons for that are obvious.
Those two animals have two different natures. Christians are new creations; walk in a newness of life; have different goals and purposes in living as born again followers of Jesus Christ.
We live to please Him in all things and not ourselves. We see this world as not our home, but the land of our sojourning. Our lives have been separated from this world and unto Christ to now do His will, according to His Word, by His Spirit, in living out His gospel.
It is undeniable - we are a new people. Therefore, Paul is giving a basic tenant for Christian living in whatever we do for the Lord; it cannot be in partnership with nonbelievers. Now just in saying that, I am certain it opens up all kinds of questions and pragmatic considerations.
In the THESES that I penned ten years ago inspired by the wholesale buyout of Christian record companies in CCM and publishers, bookstore chains, and greeting card companies have joined their ranks I specifically addressed this issue in section six of that document.
Here are some of those theses for your consideration:Jun 06, · It is why I left the industry. I would be unequally yoked with nonbelievers in a spiritual enterprise or ministry if I would have stayed.
individual believers and the local church to fund (1 Cor. ; 3 John ). What the world needs to hear is not a business plan by Christian publishers, music companies, greeting card.
Aug 22, · The phrase “unequally yoked” comes from 2 Corinthians in the King James Version: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” The New American Standard Version says, “Do not be bound together with unbelievers.
The Christian must make a choice: go through the pain of a breakup, or be “unequally yoked” with an unbeliever. Unfortunately, many choose the latter—and later regret it.
The Bible warns against being unequally yoked in 2 Corinthians “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. Simple question/Complex answer: “What Does It Mean To Be Equally Yoked?” Equally yoked is a biblical phrase referred to in the Christian community that is oftentimes used to justify a decision made about a relationship or marriage.
Whether in business or relationships Christians are not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers. Starting a business with an unbeliever can put Christians in a terrible situation.
It can cause Christians to compromise their relationship with Christ, there will be disagreements, etc. In 2 Corinthians (NIV) where Paul says, "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers," the yoke referenced is a farm implement used to link two working animals together.
This yoke in the Lord’s day was a common everyday device used to couple oxen together for plowing or hauling.