Devo But I love them
Exodus 34:15-16 (NIV)
15 “Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land; for when they prostitute themselves to their gods and sacrifice to them, they will invite you and you will eat their sacrifices. 16 And when you choose some of their daughters as wives for your sons and those daughters prostitute themselves to their gods, they will lead your sons to do the same.
God told the Israelites not to marry the peoples of other cultures. This is often misunderstood as being racist, but that was not the purpose. They could marry someone from another race as long as they worshiped the God of Israel. God did not want the Israelites to adopt the culture, practices, and gods of other cultures and so turn them away from the Lord God. Rahab of Jericho, Ruth the Moabite, and Uriah the Hittite are just a few examples of people who converted to Judaism and were excepted by God, in fact Ruth and Rahab were ancestors of Jesus. The New Testament teaches for us not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers. Oxen were yoked together to pull a plow, but if they were yoked with a different animal or could not get along they would pull in different directions. Same as a believer and non-believer. We today are not to marry non-believers or be business partners with them. We should not even date them, because it might turn our heart from the Lord, and besides it is a direct command of God. I still have people say " but pastor I love them." God is trying to save you from a life of pain, trouble and even hell. Nevertheless still I have people not listen and then later they come running back and say I wish I would have listened. The ones who marry I find usually had fallen in a sexual relationship before marriage which shuts down our hearts to God.
Pastor Jeff Lane
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