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You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections.
Now in return for the same (I speak as to children), you also be open. And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? As God has said: "I will dwell in them and walk among them.
They were a special case in the church because Corinth was a very bad city. I do not want to go into all the particulars there, but it had perversions that we probably do not see in our world in very many places. It was a trading route and a lot of shipping was going through there.
The people in Corinth were used to quite a bit of perversion, and that is what they were coming out of.
Dating outside the church is fraught with obstacles and potential dangers, yoking a believer with an unbeliever and exponentially complicating the spiritual overcoming and growth process, exposing one to perdition or providing a grievous cross to bear.
It is impossible to have the best of both worlds (the world and God's way).
I think people heard that and stopped at the first sentence—"I know others who have married someone right out of the world, and they are now converted members of God's church." When they heard that they stopped listening to my qualification of that.
I want to state very clearly that this is something that I do not recommend in the least.
I made a transcript of that portion of the sermon so I could repeat it to you today just so you can hear it again.
I know others who have married someone right out of the world, and they are now converted members of God's church.
But I want to make it very clear that the Church of the Great God does not teach that dating outside the church is wise. We teach that baptized members should not date outside the church, and that baptized parents should not allow their minor children to date outside the church.
We do not teach that it is a good thing that our young people and older single people should date outside the church. Once children reach their maturity and still are not baptized, we then hope that they will decide not to date in the world because it is a trap that rarely produces good results.