Can a believer go into business with an unbeliever?

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“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14).

The Lord in His mercy and wisdom gives a warning against any kind of association with unbelievers that would place the Christian in situations where he may find himself pressured or forced to compromise principle.

If a believer is truly seeking to honor the Lord through the business, conflict with the unbelieving business partner is unavoidable. “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3). How can one find a common denominator between the two? Between: righteousness and unrighteousness, light and darkness, and finally faith and infidelity.

The principle of separation is not new but was also taught in the Old Testament (Ex. 34:16; Deut. 7:1–3). The differences between the believer and non-believer are great in ideals and conduct and it is not wise to enter into any binding relationship with each other, whether in business or marriage. When entering such a union, a Christian is tempted of abandoning principle or enduring difficulties. To enter into such a union is to disobey God and bargain with sin.

To him who do not accept Christ as his Savior, and His teachings as his standard of faith and conduct, the ideals, beliefs, and faith of Christianity are seen as foolishness (1 Cor. 1:18). Because of his outlook on life, an unbeliever often find it difficult to tolerate a way of life that tends to restrict his own behavior and actions, or shows that his way of life and choices are evil or not wise. Therefore, it is not wise for the believer to be bound with the unbeliever. Throughout the history of God’s people the disregard to this command has resulted in hardships and spiritual failure.

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In His service,
BibleAsk Team


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