Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. John Piper is founder and teacher of desiring and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary.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. Because the phrase “unequally yoked” can be a bit difficult to understand, I like to read this verse from , a paraphrase of the Bible. ” God gives us this command for our own protection and joy.
This is a fairly common scenario—A Christian dates a non-Christian. The Christian must make a choice: go through the pain of a breakup, or be “unequally yoked” with an unbeliever.Question: "What does it mean to be unequally yoked?" Answer: 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? ” The New American Standard Version says, “Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?” A yoke is a wooden bar that joins two oxen to each other and to the burden they pull.An “unequally yoked” team has one stronger ox and one weaker, or one taller and one shorter.