The Family Altar
14 Our text tonight takes us back to a—a little thing to our minds, not to mix with unbelievers. The Scripture says, “Don’t yoke yourself up among unbelievers. Do not be unequally yoked together.” Many places of the Scripture teaches us that we should separate ourselves. The first thing that God required Abraham to do when He called him, was to separate himself from his people, his kindred, and then He’d bless him.
Now, it doesn’t mean you have to leave home; it means just separate yourself from your worldly associates. You know, today, the people are looking, the pastors and so forth…When the churches call their pastor, they want a great big six footer, wide shoulders, dark wavy hair, attractive. That’s what they want. That’s right. And they want somebody who will mix, and go out, and tell a few jokes, and make a few wisecracks, and so forth. But the Bible wants a separator. God calls separators. That’s right.
The Holy Spirit separates us from the things of the world, from the cares of this world, and our whole affections set on Christ Jesus. Whether we live or die, we serve Him and love Him, and go forward, doing all that we can to magnify Him unto the people.
15 Now, in the day when just at the midnight of Israel’s history…If you notice, King Solomon, in the day of Solomon, Israel was at its brightest turning. Then the king of Ahab, time of king Ahab, it was at its darkest. Just at the dark time of Israel, where Ahab married a little old, idol worshipper, and brought idolatry into—into Jewish religion, so did the Holy Ghost church marrying into the world and bringing idolatry in the dark ages: very beautiful type on both churches.
And Ahab was a borderline believer, just a fellow that believed enough to make him miserable. Did you ever see people like that? Well, they have conception that they would like to go to church, and do right; they feel like it’d make them a better social person in their social lives. And maybe for the sake of their children, they think they ought to, maybe, belong to church. If that isn’t the most miserable person I know of. I tell you; that the best of cut loose all shore lines and launch out into the deep, or don’t go at all. Just simply stay home, or either go all the way for Christ. God wants somebody who will really go all the way, give all you got, soul, body, and spirit to the service of the Lord.
16 Now, this borderline believer, as I called him a few moments ago, oh, he kindy had a mental conception of his theology, that he thought, “Well, there is a God, but maybe Baalim is god too, and the others is so forth.” And his wife kindy got him mixed up in that.
You know, boys, I’m telling you tonight, and you young ladies, be careful who you marry; you’ll have a broken home the first thing you know. And it’s not good to—sinners and Christians to marry together. Don’t be unequally yoked together, ’cause that’s what got Ahab. She was pretty little thing, yes, paint all over her face, eyes like a lizard, but she was a…The thing of it was, that…
Did you know what? That’s the truth. That’s the…Ahab just fell for her, because she was, perhaps, pretty, because he couldn’t have fell for her for character, ’cause she was a murderer; she was everything else. That’s right. And Ahab fell for her because she was pretty. And then, he got hisself infatuated with her, and then she just ruled him with her finger.
17 Do you know, the wisest man in the Bible outside of Christ died a heathen idolater because of a bunch of pretty women? Solomon. Pulled him away from God. All right.
Don’t yoke yourself up unequally. And I’ve seen many people come to the platform, and be healed, and walk away, and mix up with unbelievers, and their sickness come right back to them again.
55-0228 - Separation From Unbelief
Rev. William Marrion Branham