Unequally Yoked

What accord has Christ with Belial?

11   Our mouth is open to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide.  12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections.  13 In return — I speak as to children — widen your hearts also. 

14   Do not be mismated with unbelievers. For what partnership have righteousness and iniquity? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?  15 What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?  16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  17 Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you,  18 and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” 

7:1   Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God. 2Cor. 6:11-7:1

The RSV here uses “mismated” instead of the old English “unequally yoked.” The one verse is usually used to warn young people not to marry outside the faith. However the text is not addressing marriage. For the most part, marriages were arranged in the first century Roman Empire. It is addressing paganism within the congregation. The Greek word hererozugeo has more the idea of do not attempt to work together with unbelievers or do not become partners with unbelievers. They have not part in the work of the congregation, they cannot and should not try to make disciples.

There is great danger in working with those who interests and designs are the opposite of sound Bible teachings.

Iniquity

The average English Bible reader never asks what iniquity means. They just have a vague understanding that it has something to do with sin. The English word iniquity is the translation of the Greek word animos, means to be lawless. The post-modern church has when these lawless verse come up, taught that they are generally about civil law. The civil law at the time was Roman law, and other than paying taxes, Roman law held in distain.  The early church encouraged their people to break Roman law any time it conflicted with God’s law.  This leads us to the only conclusion that animos is one who breaks Torah or a Torah Breaker.

Torah roots from yara which means to throw or shoot. It is the instructions as to how to hit the mark we are supposed to me aiming for. You have heard that sin is missing the mark. Iniquity is saying there is no mark, or the mark in no longer valid, or here this is a way around the mark.

Belial

Belial seems to pop up out of nowhere in the English translations. In English Bibles it appears only this one time. However belial is a Hebrew word that is used of worthless people of the worse sort.

12 “If you hear in one of your cities, which the LORD your God gives you to dwell there, 13 that certain base fellows have gone out among you and have drawn away the inhabitants of the city, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods,’ which you have not known, 14 then you shall inquire and make search and ask diligently; and behold, if it be true and certain that such an abominable thing has been done among you, 15 you shall surely put the inhabitants of that city to the sword, destroying it utterly, all who are in it and its cattle, with the edge of the sword. Deut. 13:12-15

Take heed lest there be a base thought in your heart, and you say, ‘The seventh year, the year of release is near,’ and your eye be hostile to your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the LORD against you, and it be sin in you. Deut. 15:9

As they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, base fellows, beset the house round about, beating on the door; and they said to the old man, the master of the house, “Bring out the man who came into your house, that we may know him.” Judg. 19:22

Now therefore give up the men, the base fellows in Gibe-ah, that we may put them to death, and put away evil from Israel.” But the Benjaminites would not listen to the voice of their brethren, the people of Israel. Judg. 20:13

Do not regard your maidservant as a base woman, for all along I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation.” 1Sam. 1:16

Now the sons of Eli were worthless men; they had no regard for the LORD. 1Sam. 2:12; c.f. Psa. 41:8; Psa. 101:3; Prov. 6:12

These are the false believers that lead others astray.

Temple

The Bible clearly states that, “we are the temple of the living God.” There is no need for one of bricks and stone. The word here for temple is naos not hieron. The Greek word heiron is the brick and stone building and its surroundings. Naos is the room at the back or where the Holy of Holies was. The word heiron is only used in the Gospels and Acts except one verse 1Cor. 9:13. The rest of the epistles and The Revelation speak only of the naos. We are not the whole temple, just the naos. The room at the back were one meets God. We are the ark of the covenant. We are the seat of God. That is why the physical temple is not needed and the ark will never be found.

And when you have multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, says the LORD, they shall no more say, “The ark of the covenant of the LORD.” It shall not come to mind, or be remembered, or missed; it shall not be made again. Jer. 3:16

Idols

The church has a long history of idolatry. They have rewritten the second commandment from “Thou shalt not make any graven images” except the Roman church can make all they want and at Christmas even the Protestants can have them.

Unclean

Touch nothing unclean, does not mean to causally touch something, hapto means to hold onto, seize in the hand, or light a fire.

And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone forth from him, immediately turned about in the crowd, and said, “Who touched my garments?” Mark 5:30

Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Matt. 5:15

The Greek work akatharton can mean ritually unacceptable or evil supernatural spirit.

When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. Mark 9:25

In other words we are not to bring into our naos the fire of evil spirits. These are to be removed from our lives. The holiday spirit is not the Holy Spirit.

There is so much belial in the post-modern church that few know what the truth really is. Few read their Bibles. Fewer still pay attention to the cultural, historical, grammatical context. In our Bibliography is a list of books necessary for sound Biblical studies. Most of these book are in the public domain and free to download.

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