Dating in the international church of christ
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.
My very next sentence was, "This is NOT the normal way it should be done, but it happens every once in a while." I can see how someone can misconstrue that, especially if they are not listening fully to the whole explanation.
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.
What I said was indeed misunderstood, because dating and marrying outside the church is a massive stumbling block and can only bring trouble in future years.
I want to go back and re-quote what I said during the Feast so you can understand the background of all this.
They thought what I said gave them "permission" to date and marry outside the church.
I want to state very clearly that this is something that I do not recommend in the least.
He mentions there, "as to children,"—that he was speaking as to children.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.In the remainder of today's sermon I would like to explain the reasons why God does not want our single people to date and or marry outside His church.There are many reasons, and they are good reasons—they are very strong spiritual reasons which to me are quite convincing when you look at them from a spiritual point of view from the Spirit of God.