Tim Challies Needs to Shut His Pie Hole about Many Things, but Especially About Dating, Marriage, Singleness, and Now, Equally Yoked
Tim Challies is the doofus Christian blogger, speaker, and book author who has actually said garbage in the past such as “even fornicators are virgins now” (yeah, (Link): he really said that).
Also bear in mind:
Furthermore, Challies is so vested in his belief of “Christian gender complementarianism,” he doesn’t care that its “male headship” doctrine leads to domestic violence against women and often leads to pressuring women to staying in abusive marriages; you can read more about that here:
(Link, to “Internet Monk” site): Stuck With Their Noses In the Text
Challies is more interested in women obeying the “male headship” and female subordination articles of faith that comprise gender complementarianism than he is in the safety and well-being of women.
As such, if you are a single woman, do you REALLY want to take any sort of relationship advice from this kind of person who does not value YOU as a person?
I would hope not.
Here is the link to the Tim Challies “Equally Yoked” article on Christian Post site (with more remarks by me below the excerpts):
Here are excerpts from that page:
“The Bible makes it very, very clear that a Christian can only marry another Christian. You may not marry somebody who is an unbeliever. You should not marry somebody for whom you’re not certain whether they’re a believer or not. So absolutely, the first thing is, is this person a believer in Jesus Christ? Do we share faith?” Challies advised Thursday in part two of his message on Christian dating.
“And you know, it can sound very easy, it can sound — that person’s almost there, or that person really loves me, and he’s promised he won’t interfere, or that kind of thing. You may not do it,” he asserted.
“And there’s very good reasons for that. These things may be easy now when you’re really in love with one another and you know, you’ll do anything to marry one another. It will at some point get more difficult and there will inevitably be consequences for marrying an unbeliever.”
As for Christians who have found potential Christian partners, he says, the other main issue is compatibility.
…Christian author John Stonestreet, a fellow of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, also argued in an op-ed published in The Christian Post in September 2017 that “dating unbelievers deadens faith.”
“‘Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers,’ Paul reiterates in 2 Corinthians. Christian widows, he continues, are free to remarry, but ‘only in the Lord.'” Stonestreet added.
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Regarding the headline, about Challies saying that the “Bible is very clear” about who Christians may marry, how clear is the Bible, really? See this post for more:
And these related posts:
(Link): Gallup: Record Low 24% Believe Bible Is Literal Word of God (May 2017)
Also of note from that Christian Post article:
(Link): Pew Research Center figures from 2010–2014 found that nearly one-in-five Christians are married to an unaffiliated spouse.
The statistics showed that 61 percent of Christians are married to a spouse of the same religion, while 15 percent are married to one from a different Christian tradition.
Eighteen percent of believers were married to a spouse without a religious affiliation, and 6 percent were in other types of mixed marriages.
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So, one in five are married to someone who is not of the Christian faith and/or not of the same branch of the faith – that is 20%?
I wouldn’t be surprised if that number doesn’t grow as time marches on. I really think Christians need to accept reality as it is, rather than constantly preaching at people to stick with some particular interpretation of the Bible – the same Bible none of them can even agree on.
It’s pretty easy to preach at young, teen, or 20- something singles to be “equally yoked”, but to a woman such as myself who is now over 45 years of age, this just does not work any more.
I don’t have decades of time ahead of me left in which to spouse hunt, or “wait on the Lord,” or whatever other crud Christians like to say to a person in my situation.
And if you are under 40 years of age right now and follow Challies’ advice, unless you’re one of the rare ones who God instructs to (Link): marry a bearded guy, you’re going to be single for much, much longer than you wanted.
In my case, it may also not hurt that I’m somewhat agnostic now, and not “totally Christian,” but even prior to my drift away from the Christian faith, I already realized how harmful and useless the “equally yoked” teaching is, especially to single Christian women who’d like to marry.
As I’ve said time and again on this blog over the last few years, there are more single, Christian women than males available, so for every Christian woman who even wants to be “equally yoked” there simply are no men for her to marry.
Some of my blog posts address this demographic glitch such as:
(Link): How the Dating Scene Became Stacked Against Women – via CT, by Gina Dalfonzo
Then you have Christians who, on top of the Equally Yoked rule, stack ever more marriage-killing rules on top of that one, such as coming up with these absurdly, too-long, mate-selecting posts and lists:
Many Christian men are abusive pigs or perverts, as I’ve been documenting in a long list of news stories on the blog:
(Link): Marriage Does Not Make People More Loving Mature Godly Ethical Caring or Responsible (One Stop Thread) Confronting Refuting Correcting Rebutting Christian Propaganda Arguments Stereotypes About Marriage Married Matrimony
I’ve asked this before and will continue to ask it again, but as someone who wants to be married (I don’t care to remain single ’til the day I die “out of love to God”), if my chances in the future are between being proposed to by:
- A Christian man who looks at pornography, who will physically abuse me, have multiple affairs on me, be selfish, and/or have sex with dogs
- A loving, kind atheist man who will be faithful to me in a marriage, not beat on me, care about me and meeting my needs
Should I pick Man 1 or Man 2? Only an idiot or a glutton for punishment would choose choice 1, the religious abusive pervert.
As to Choice 1 on that list, again, I point you to (Link): this post, which is a COLLECTION going back a few years of news stories of married, Christian men (many of them preachers) who were caught having affairs, using child pornography, etc.
Staying single ’til the day I die is not an option, not if an opportunity for marriage exists, even if that man is a Non-Christian. Christians such as Tim Challies who keep promoting this “equally yoked” view no matter what it costs the single women who want marriage, are simply not dealing in reality.
And no, I do not give a rat’s ass about being rewarded in the after-life by God for remaining single rather than marrying an atheist. God can keep his rewards, I’d rather have happiness in THIS life time, which means marriage to anyone who is a good match for me, Christian or no.
By the way, Challies is a married guy. The last person that I want to take marriage advice from – in regards to, “hey single people who’d like to get married, follow my advice on how to get married” – is from a married guy.
Challies, your “equally yoked” propaganda may work on 20 year old earnest Christian singles, but not with this never-married, over age 45 single woman.
And if you’re an adult single past the age of 25, I’d encourage you to disregard “equally yoked” as well, if you are serious about getting married.
I am just incensed that Challies keeps writing about, or lecturing about the topics of sex, singleness, and marriage, when he gets so many of these views so very wrong, and has no idea what he’s talking about.
As for me, I stopped taking any advice on relationships from Christians a long time ago, but it hacks me off to see them spouting this garbage off, where naive Christian singles may be taking such horrible advice to heart.
(Link): Forget About Being ‘Equally Yoked’ – Article: ‘My Abusive ‘Christian’ Marriage’ (written by a lady at another blog)
Hey, single Christian ladies, how would you like to be Equally Yoked to this:
(Link): Wife of Christian Preacher Shoots, Kills Him, Recounts Years of Physical and Sexual Abuse – So Much for the Equally Yoked Teaching and the Notion that Christian married sex is Mind Blowing
Hey, single Christian ladies, how would like to be Equally Yoked to a Christian guy like this:
(Link): Pastor charged in wife’s murder was headed to Europe to marry boyfriend, prosecutor says – Single Xtian Ladies: Kick that Be Equally Yoked Teaching to the Curb! Also: Marriage and Parenthood do not make people more godly or mature or loving or ethical
Hey, single Christian ladies, how would you like to be Equally Yoked to this, guys who like wife swapping:
(Link): Perverted Christian Married Couple Wants to “Wife Swap” (For Sex) With Other Christian Couple – Why Christians Need to Uphold Chastity / Celibacy For All People Even Married Couples Not Just Teens
Hey, single Christian ladies, how would you like to be Equally Yoked to this (I’d prefer to marry a Non Christian guy who doesn’t find animals a sexy turn on):
(Link): Christian Ladies: Be Equally Yoked to Christian Men Who Like To Have Sex With Dogs! (Re: Jerald Hill news story)
Hey, single Christian ladies, how would you like to be Equally Yoked to this:
(Link): American Teen Missionary [Christian guy] Raped Several Orphan Children in Africa, One As Young As Four – Being Equally Yoked is a Joke
Hey, single Christian ladies, how would you like to be Equally Yoked to this (I’d prefer an atheist who keeps it in his pants):
(Link): Married Southern Baptist and Calvinist Preacher and Father of Boy Exposes His Naked Penis to Teen Girl in Store
Hey, single Christian ladies, how’d you like to be Equally Yoked to this nutter:
(Link): Another Example of Why the Equally Yoked Teaching is A Joke for Single Christian Women : Baptist Preacher Arrested for Allegedly Fire Bombing Ex Girlfriend’s House While She Was In It
Hey single Christian ladies, how about this type of Christian guy:
(Link): Pro Ball Player Convicted for Kid Diddling Three Kids Claims to be an Outstanding Christian (and he’s married with a kid of his own) – again, why should Christian single gals limit themselves to only marrying Christian men? The Whole “Being Yoked Equally” thing is irrelevant and unduly limiting for singles
(Link): Christian Host Pat Robertson Tells Christian Woman Who Married Christian Man Who Turned Out to Be Totally Unethical That She has Discernment of a Slug – Single Women: toss Be Equally Yoked teaching in the trash can
(Link): Women: Stop Asking Pat Robertson For Romantic Relationship Advice – Whether You Are Divorced or Single – Pat Robertson Replies to Letter from Four Time Divorced Woman Who Wants to Know If God Will Send Her a Non-Abusive Husband
(Link): The Selfish, Lazy Husband Who Kept Blowing Off His Stressed Wife to Go on World War 2 Reenactments – Male Entitlement in Relationships: Why Women Divorce Men – and Churches and Culture Support This Male Entitlement