Danger of christians dating nonchristians
People are divided into only two categories, those who belong to the world and its ruler, Satan, and those who belong to God (Acts ).
These two groups of people are described in terms of opposites all through the Bible; e.g., those in darkness/those in the light; those with eternal life/those with eternal death; those who have peace with God/those who are at war with Him; those who believe the truth/those who believe the lies; those on the narrow path to salvation/those on the broad road to destruction, and many more.
I’ve known non-Christians who have been converted as a result of playing for a church.
But in the above paragraph I was mostly thinking of situations where churches are more concerned about the sound of the music than the nature of the church. The key issue for me is who is gathering on Sunday morning.
When we minimize or ignore these doctrines or try to “soft pedal” them, in essence we are calling God a liar for the sake of those already in the grasp of Satan. Although these close relationships are not recommended, it does not mean we turn our noses up and ignore unbelievers, either.
Second Timothy -26 tells us that as servants of the Lord, we are to be kind to and not quarrel with anyone.
All these things represent those who have not been saved. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Unbelievers are slaves to sin (John ), and Christians are slaves to God (1 Corinthians ).
We are called to evangelize the lost, not be intimate with them.
There is nothing wrong with building quality friendships with unbelievers – but the primary focus of such a relationship should be to win them to Christ by sharing the Gospel with them and demonstrating God’s saving power in our own lives. How does bad company corrupt good character (1 Corinthians )?
If that sounds polarizing, it’s because that’s the way God describes our position – inside or outside of Christ (Rom. Unbelievers are welcome to come and observe our common bond in the gospel, and hopefully be affected by it. But for the sake of the Gospel and the purity of the church let’s encourage them to put their trust in the Savior through our example, witness, speech, love, and proclamation—not by asking them to participate in worship that is only possible through the regenerating work of the Spirit.
We don’t want to potentially lead them and the church to believe they’re already part of the redeemed community before they’ve been redeemed.