That last statement might cause a few biblically-minded Christians to stumble.But we need to be precise at this point so that we do not attempt to protect a clear commandment (you cannot an unbeliever). 90), there was no such thing as modern “dating.” There were marriages, betrothals (similar to but not the same as modern-day engagements), and singleness.John Piper is founder and teacher of desiring and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary.For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota.I would say that once it becomes apparent, to any member of the church, that another member/attendee is becoming involved in a romantic and/or love relationship with an unbeliever, that they must go to the person as step one of the Matthew 18 process, and then follow the rest of the process if necessary."Here at Grace, we believe that the Bible teaches that believers should only marry other believers. Thus, we would strongly discourage any believer from pursuing a dating relationship with a non-believer.In keeping with Matthew 18, we would confront a believer who is involved that an "unequally-yoked" dating relationship.
Nevertheless, we also must consider the fact that during the time that Scripture was penned (approximately 1400 B. This intentional movement toward marriage doesn’t characterize many dating relationships today, however, even though couples often engage in marital privileges like sexual intimacy and living together while in these relationships.Nevertheless, they believe they can move down this path because (1) the Bible does not forbid dating an unbeliever; or (2) their romantic relationship can serve as a means of evangelism to the unbelieving boyfriend or girlfriend; or (3) their situation is unique; (4) a combination of some or all of the above. In answering the question, Can a Christian Date a Non-Christian?it is important to first note that the Bible, strictly speaking, does not forbid Christians from dating non-Christians.Please prayerfully read and consider what God is saying to your heart —especially in light of the verses in 2 Corinthians -18.The following are links that will take you to these specific articles: • DATING NON-CHRISTIANS: Forbidden Fruits Appeal – Part 1 • DATING NON-CHRISTIANS: Forbidden Fruits Appeal – Part 2 And then below you will find another article that I encourage you to read.
The “hottest” response I’ve had to anything I’ve written on this blog came after I posted the text of an email I had written to a young Christian woman (name withheld), begging her to end her relationship with a non-Christian man.