2 Corinthians 6:14 (NET)
Do not become partners with those who do not believe, for what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship does light have with darkness?
The person you marry as a believer should believe in God the way you believe in God.
There are two categories of doctrinal differences.
One is the distortion of form, and the other is the corruption of substance. Distortion of form can be tolerated, but the corruption of substance should not be tolerated when entering marriage.
“Distortion of Form” includes doctrinal differences that do not affect the core of our faith.
They could involve differences in the way water baptism or Holy Communion is administered, differences in convictions about the manner of dressing, and certain other superficial issues. A believer could marry another believer who has little doctrinal differences in things that do not affect the substance of our faith. But he is marrying an unbeliever if he marries a person claiming to be a Christian, but does not believe certain core truths of the faith. They include Salvation by faith in Christ (Acts 4:12, Eph 2:8); Believing that Jesus is the only way to the Father (John 14:6), Believing in the Lord Jesus; that He is God come in flesh (John 1:14), Believing in the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the power of God(Luke 3:16), Believing that believers are empowered by God to live righteous and holy lives in this world(1 Pet 1:6, 2 Pet 3:11, Eph 4:1, Rom 12:1), Believing in sexual purity before and during marriage(Eph 5:3, 1 Thess 4:3), Believing in the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor 4:5,1 Thess 3:13, 2 Thess 2:1-2).
Anyone who claims to be a Christian but does not believe these mentioned truths have the substance of his faith corrupted.
Go into today knowing that Christian marriage is a theatre for Jesus to showcase and exemplify His relationship with the church. It is a very serious matter in the kingdom of God.
— Abraham Damilola Arigi
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