By Olu George
What communion has light with darkness and what concord has Christ with Belial or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel – 2 CORINTHIANS 6:14-15. From this scripture, it is clear, that God will not, in any way, join His own child, who has the Spirit of His Son Jesus Christ, and who is in the light, together in marriage, to the son or daughter of Belial, who is in darkness.
But, any child of God, who gives himself or herself over to the devil, by committing sin, will surely get himself/herself unequally yoked in marriage with the son or daughter of Belial, because whosoever committeth sin is of the devil – 1 JOHN 3:8a.
God, who commands His children not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers, in 2 CORINTHIANS 6:14a, will surely not also join any child of His, in marriage, to any unbeliever. This is why the Spirit of God advises, in 1 CORINTHIANS 7:15, that if the unbelieving departs, let him/her depart, because He, God, did not join them. The brother or the sister in such marriage relationship, IS FREE TO RE-MARRY, because he/she is NOT under bondage in such case! Amongst the people of God are also found, unbelievers, who have a form of godliness but they deny the power thereof – 2 TIMOTHY 3:5. Children of the kingdom are advised to turn away from these unbelievers inside churches, and not to be unequally yoked together with them, especially in marriage!
Among the people of God, are also found harlots in spirit, that is strange men and strange women, like Simon the sorcerer in ACTS 8:9-24, and like the damsel, with the spirit of divination in ACTS 16:16-17. And anyone that is joined together with any of these harlots, is one body – 1 CORINTHIANS 6:16. And God will never join any of His children to a harlot!
In EZRA 10:1-19, the children of Israel, the people of God, having realized that they transgressed the commandment of God, by going into marriage with these strange women, confessed their sins to God and forsook their sins by putting away all these strange wives, according to the law, so that they could receive mercy from God-PROVERBS 28:13. Jesus said in MATTHEW 18:8-9, that if thy hand or foot cause thee to sin, cast them from thee and if thine eye cause thee to sin, pluck it out and cast it from thee, for it is better to enter heaven maimed with one eye or with one hand and one foot, than to be in hell with two hands and with two feet or with two eyes! This painful spiritual surgery was what the children of Israel did.
Most times, God, by his own divine design and at an appointed time, will put asunder that which He has not joined together, to set free His own child, from the bondage of such unholy alliance organized by the devil. Solomon had his own bitter experiences when he was into unholy alliance in marriage with many strange women and he said in ECCLESIASTES 7:26, “I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands: whoso pleaseth God , shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.” They that are in the flesh, cannot please God – ROMANS 8:8.
The woman in the city of Samaria, was in the flesh and so, she could not escape the six men with whom, at different times, she went into marriage, that was not ordained by God.
But when she came into contact with Jesus, He made her to know the truth that she HAST HAD FIVE HUSBANDS AND EVEN THE ONE WITH HER THEN, WAS NOT HER HUSBAND – JOHN 4:16-18.
This woman then knew the truth and the truth made her free, and she became born again of the word of truth and of the Spirit of Christ, and began to witness to others in that city. BUT THERE IS NO RECORD IN THE BIBLE, THAT JESUS TOLD THIS WOMAN TO GO BACK TO HER FIRST HUSBAND BECAUSE NONE OF THEM WAS ORDAINED FOR HER BY GOD.
We must know that a prudent wife or a virtuous woman is a perfect gift that comes only from the Lord – PROVERBS 31:10-30. And every virtuous woman is fore-ordained for that child of God who is living godly, soberly and righteously, in this present world. IT IS THOSE WHOM GOD HAS JOINED TOGETHER IN MARRIAGE, THAT MUST NOT BE PUT ASUNDER EXCEPT FOR FORNICATION – MATTHEW 19:9. It is only on this scriptural ground, that putting away is permitted by God, if the partner that is offended chooses to do so! The Spirit of God advises the woman in God’s ordained marriage, not to pull down her house, by her foolishness, but to build her home with wisdom so that the devil will not succeed to put them asunder – PROVERBS 14:1. It is therefore important that children of God should wait patiently as they seek the face of God in prayers, for God’s choice of a life partner, and must allow themselves to be properly guided by genuine servants of God, who have the gift of discerning of spirits, to help discern those with strange spirits inside the church.
And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free from bondage of ignorance of the wiles of the devil, who takes captive children of God through this unholy alliance in marriage. Unfortunately, the natural man (the carnal man) will not receive the things of the Spirit of truth, for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them because they are spiritually discerned – 1 CORINTHIANS 2:14.
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches – REVELATION 2:29.