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THERON, P.M. and LOTTER, G.A.. "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers": New Testament perspectives on how Christians should live and act in a society of diverging convictions. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2008, vol.42, n.2, pp.281-304. ISSN 2305-0853.
The exhortation found in 2 Corinthians 6:14 "not to be yoked togetherwith unbelievers" has been interpreted and applied differently by Christians. Some Christians try to hide from the realities of everyday life in a kind of escapism and religious isolation, while others compromise by trying to accommodate the societies' demands and current trends in all kinds of worldly religious practices. These extreme positions cause Christians to be without any influence in the world. The primary aim of the article is to show how believers in New Testament times handled the situation when they were yoked together with unbelievers. In order to propose Scriptural guidelines for contemporary believers, the focus will be on the example ofthe apostles while the teaching of Paul to the slaves and of Peter to the aliens in this world will also be discussed. Some other New Testament perspectives are touched upon, inter alia the kind of authority to be obeyed and teaching on the responsibilities and attitude of believers. After the discussion of each part, pointers will be suggested. In conclusion, guidelines towards a Christian lifestyle within a secular context will be proposed.