By: Martin Cisneros
The Lord's been talking to me for 20 years about 2Corinthians 6, which says to not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. It says in 1John that those who don't have the Son don't have the Father either. I'm sure that there's probably some Universalists somewhere that probably use the "be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers" as a license to stay away from Christians that are believers in eternal punishment. On one level, that would certainly include them, because 2Corinthians 6 is in the same context as the great reconciliation passage of 2Corinthians 5. However, better to be yoked together with a Christian who recognizes the first part of 2Corinthians 6 about this being an acceptable time for salvation than to be with those who don't even have a regard for the salvation of the Lord through Christ Jesus.
I really do believe that many healings are set in reverse and prevented from ever reaching their zenith because the "be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers" in 2Corinthians 6 is in the context of verse 2 which says "on a day of salvation I helped you." Though Jesus is the Saviour of the whole world, it's the very Apostle who taught us the most extensively about that that said to come out from among unbelievers and be separate from them, otherwise you're making no distinction between your way in Christ and their way in old Adam. And you'll probably prolong their damnation by being associated with them. It will contaminate your anointing and eventually make you disobedient to all Biblical counsel. You can't keep it from happening with that kind of unequally yoked fellowship.
It says in Acts that when the Hand of the Lord was upon the believers that great grace was upon them and the Lord added to them daily such as should be saved. It's an interference with that process to think you know more than the Scriptures do and to not come out from among them and be separate from them. We're commanded to cast down imaginations and to bring every thought to obedience to Christ. That's 2Corinthians chapter 10. The only reason a Christian should ever be around an unbeliever is to do that. And a Christian is only to be around unbelievers while they're doing that. When they're no longer doing that, then they're no longer supposed to be among unbelievers. The Scriptures say that light has absolutely no communion with darkness. And in 2Corinthians 6 the unbeliever is considered darkness. St. Paul indicates that those who have fellowship with darkness will not inherit the Kingdom of Christ. The only qualification that Paul gives to this is for a believing mate to not leave an unbelieving mate, because in the marital relationship the unbeliever is sanctified by the believing mate, otherwise your children would be unclean. That's not a license to marry unbelievers. But if one becomes a believer while they're married to an unbeliever, then they're to assume that God has gracious plans for the whole household during this age. Believers are not to tempt the Lord by deliberately marrying unbelievers.
Galatians chapter 4 says that there is a distinct difference that must be maintained in view at all times between those who belong to the New Jerusalem and those who belong to the Old Jerusalem. All unbelievers in Christ are considered part of "the world," and James says in his epistle in the New Testament that friendship with the world is absolute enmity with God. There are a lot of people who consider themselves Christians, and even Spirit-filled Christians, that the Bible calls the enemies of God at this point because of this.
It says in 1John, 2John, and 3John that if anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, about sanctification to Christ, that you are not to receive them into your house - with the idea including not to be in their house - for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds. There's no getting around this. Romans chapter 1 implies the outcome of one who fellowships with those who are unbelievers. They'll become unthankful and disobedient and abominable in every work and imagination. It's a trap that the Apostle Paul begs Timothy to flee. Paul and Peter both teach that this wars against your own soul. The book of Proverbs is all about the punishments that will come upon a gullible believer who heeds the ways and company of the world.
I've personally sown too much seed and gone through too much in the watering of my seed and in the receiving of light for my seed to suddenly and inexplicably abort the harvest, and for no other reason than clinging to the world and walking away from the promise of Abraham that belongs to those who do the works of Abraham in walking away from all of the unbelief of the past. Jesus talked about being a doer of the works of Abraham in the Gospel of John. Abraham avoided strife, avoided letting the wicked [or giving them any grounds to] take the credit for his prosperity. That old man said to that Sodomite King, "I don't want it to ever be said that anyone made me rich, but God Almighty. So keep your stuff. I don't want it. You'll never take so much credit for my life as for even a shoe string!!" God knowing that that was in Abraham's heart sent Melchizedek to him with the Bread and the Wine of the Covenant. What revelation and/or manifestation of Jesus Christ to you are you turning down, simply because you can't turn loose of unbelievers? I won't live with an unbeliever, and I sure wouldn't be in business with or work for an unbeliever! This is serious business in the Kingdom of God. Very serious! Deuteronomy 28 and the first 3 chapters and the last chapter of Revelation detail the curses that will come upon a believer for being unequally yoked, or partnered with an unbeliever.
2Chronicles chapters 18 and 19 tell the story of righteous king Jehoshaphat, of Judah, and wicked king Ahab, king of Israel. [Remember, these Scriptures are chronicled by the inspiration of the God who has always purposed the universal restoration.] Wicked king Ahab told righteous king Jehoshaphat to come help him in his battle. Long story short, after the battle, Jehu the prophet came to Jehoshaphat and asked him why he helped an unbeliever. Jehoshaphat really came under the displeasure of the Lord over that! 1Corinthians chapters 10 and 11 says that these things were written for those of us, upon whom the ends of the ages have come, as examples lest we should in any way partake of the Lord's supper unworthily and die young or become diseased from it. Have you received the Lord's table? When's the last time that you partook of it? When's the last time that you partook of it with a believer? Would you now willfully violate that Covenant for an Ahab?