Thursday, March 31, 2022
“The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 7:39 KJV).
Why would God order a Christian to marry “only in the Lord,” joining in marriage with no one but another believer in Christ?
A hundred years ago, a man married a Christian woman who wanted to serve and worship the Lord. Finally, he had had enough of her “Christianity!” Infuriated, he expressed his scorn, “You can keep doing what you want, but leave me out of your religion! I do not believe in your God and you are only making a hypocrite out of me!” It is a most pitiful situation, and, to be sure, it has happened hundreds of millions of times before and since. Sound Bible doctrine is set aside because of deceptive emotions, outward appearances, and other worldly pleasures.
While forbidding the Christian’s attachment to false religion, the following passage parallels the believer marrying the unbeliever: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 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. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty” (2 Corinthians 6:14-18).
By the way, there is a salient epilogue to the true (!) story with which we opened. That man became a world-renowned professional. He and his wife grew quite wealthy. One day, trouble came upon him, and he cried out to his wife: “If your God can do anything to help me, please pray that He would!” She replied, “My faith was destroyed long ago!”