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Is an Interracial Marriage an Unequal Yoke? Dr. Caldwell and Dr. Philpot share that Founders Baptist held a conference on Racial Unity and the Gospel a couple of years ago. They encourage us to go download, watch, and listen to these messages brought by several speakers. They are insightful and helpful, giving us the ability to understand this topic of race, ethnicity, and identity biblically. These messages can be accessed using the link below, along with a previous podcast and other sermon links included within that podcast. Dr. Caldwell and Dr. Philpot also mention a book, A Biblical Answer For Racial Unity, encouraging us to read it as well. More information on this book can be found at the teaching and preaching ministry of Dr. Caldwell, Walking in Grace (

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Is an Interracial Marriage an Unequal Yoke?

Would marriage to someone of a different race constitute an unequally yoked marriage? Does the Bible condone interracial marriage as sin? What does the Bible have to say about marrying and mixing races?

This week on the Straight Truth Podcast Dr. Richard Caldwell and Dr. Josh Philpot discuss the questions asked related to interracial marrying and further comment on what race is and what it is not. Dr. Caldwell gives us the biblical perspective on marriage and the standard set forth for the people of God.

Dr. Caldwell says the simple answer is no. The Bible doesn’t teach that a marriage made up of two different ethnicities is an unequally yoked marriage; it has nothing to do with race. The Bible doesn’t address interracial marriage in terms of what we think of when we think of identifying people by their “race”. While Deuteronomy 7:1-3 seems to imply this, it doesn’t mean this at all. We need to keep the commandment of verse 3 in its context and continue reading to verse 4 where the reason for the commandment is given. 2 Corinthians 6:14 is where we find the words “unequally yoked” used by the Apostle Paul. 

Depending on the translation of the Bible used, this verse may read slightly different. Nevertheless, the full statement by Paul, within its context, is about believers being bound to/with unbelievers just as Deuteronomy 7:1-4 infers. So the Bible does not address the issue of marrying someone based on their nationality, ethnicity or skin color. What it does speak about for marriage, relates to our spiritual relationships and unions. An unequally yoked marriage would be a believer married to an unbeliever. Therefore, the Bible does not speak of marrying someone of a different “race” as sinful. 

Only In The Lord

If you are a believer, you are free to marry anyone you wish, but only in the Lord. (Paul speaking in 1 Corinthians 7:39) What this means, as a believer, you are free to choose your spouse based on the parameters and standards that are set forth by the Scriptures. Those parameters and standards are: one-believing man to/with one-believing woman. So dear Christian, the man or woman you choose, must also believe and belong to Christ; race/ethnicity is not the marriage issue in these Scriptures.

Dr. Caldwell would like us to consider something more about this issue and these kinds of questions that come up. He wants us to think about the term “race” with a deeper understanding based on the Bible, from the Scriptures themselves. He asks us if the Bible acknowledges the reality of nations, ethnicities, and differing languages? He tells us yes, it does, but never in a way where one is viewed as superior to another. The Bible does not divide us this way, it does not show favoritism according to where we were born, where we live, by the language we speak, nor by the amount of melanin in our skin. 

Something To Celebrate

The differences that humanity reflects are the glorious varieties that our God has brought into being. It is something to celebrate not something to exalt ourselves over. He tells us that from the standpoint of creation, there is only one “race” - the human race, with every one of us descending from Adam and Eve. From the standpoint of the new creation, we are either in Christ or we are outside of Christ. This is the distinction the Bible makes about humanity, mankind, – we are either in Adam, dead in our sins or in Christ -forgiven and made new in Him.

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