Marriage and child-bearing have become part of the gospel message instead of tools to spread the gospel message.Marriage is important, and for those who enter into it, it is the most important human relationship possible.

This article isn’t meant for Bonnie and Clyde couples headed for jail.

Rather, I’ll cut to the chase and zone in on those of you caught up in one of the more deceptive, yet prevalent sin in the dating world. It feels so right, and you have every excuse in the world to continue.

In a society where people can have hundreds of online friends from all over the world, it can still be difficult to find close, personal relationships in real life.

Sometimes it feels like a miracle when we meet someone with whom we really connect—someone who likes us, likes spending time with us, and makes us feel appreciated.

When that magic happens, it can be easy to gloss over differences that don't seem to have any bearing on the personal relationship.

This is a problem being met by more and more Christians who want to marry.

The desire for companionship fights with the desire to remain physically pure. Very often, it's the non-Christians who step up and have the confidence to say, "I don't know where this will go, but I like you. " Which is why many Christians are tempted to date and marry non-Christians.

And the church shouts mixed messages—insisting on the sacrament of marriage without providing the marriage partner. It is possible to have a loving relationship with an unbeliever.

If following Christ and serving Him in any circumstance is paramount, the decision is easy—don't be unequally yoked (2 Corinthians ); look forward to what God is accomplishing (Romans ); and trust that God's blessings are better than we can imagine (Ephesians ).

Choosing to date or marry a non-Christian is rejecting God as a primary influence. Does the Bible say anything about interracial marriage?

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? Therefore honor God with your bodies.” I Corinthians -20 …you are living together.