Unequally Yoked: Pat Robertson's Condemnation of Interfaith Marriage becomes a 'Hot Topic' on ABC's The View
By EEW Magazine News & Entertainment Editors
Last week, Pat Robertson of The 700 Club answered a viewer's question about interfaith marriage that became a hot topic on ABC's The View. Essentially, the outspoken leader told a Christian man who was considering marrying his Muslim girlfriend of 3 years to break off the relationship because the two were unequally yoked.
"No way! No way! She's going to want to do her Muslim thing and you're going to want to do your Christian thing," said Robertson. "There will be constant struggle and strife. Walk away."
Rev. Robertson's view is consistent with 2 Corinthians 6:14 which says, "Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?" But some found his statement controversial.
Christian co-host, Sherri Shepherd referenced the above scripture when giving her take on the matter. "As a Christian, my whole belief of being a Christians is do not be yoked with unbelievers. And if you're going through hurdles and you believe in going to Jesus and you have a person who's a Muslim, your spouse, and they believe in going to Allah, it's going to be a big chasm."
Host Barbara Walters cnimed in, "It depends on how important it is to you. It's a discussion you have before your marriage."
Glenn Stanton, director of global family formation studies for Focus on the Family, told The Christian Post that he was in agreement with Pat Robertson's views.
"The wisdom of God's Word is quite clear on believers being unequally yoked. And marrying someone who is not a Christian – who is not a daily disciple of Christ – is being unequally yoked, regardless of what their beliefs might be," said Stanton.
The scholar also cited social science research that "finds that interfaith marriages are significantly more likely to be unstable, even leading to higher levels of divorce."
Watch the segment on ABC's The View below.
What are your thoughts about being unequally yoked in relationships? Do you agree that dating outside the faith should be off limits for Christians?