<<coalition, union>>

We should cultivate ties with other churches and believers, not in a competitive way but in positive networking to encourage and support, as there is greater power in unity and co-operation. We may not completely agree with each other's views, but we should focus on what we have in common – faith in Christ without trying to change each other’s beliefs, which are often just different interpretations of non-essentials, or trivial variations of doctrine.

Association or close binding ties with non-Christian’s can lead to a compromise of
one’s beliefs and standards. Although we are in the world, do not to be swayed by its

Am I forming wholesome alliances?

standards, or become lax in your commitment to Christ. We are to befriend non-Christians, but not let that friendship draw us away from God or force 

us to do something contrary to His Word. The Bible warns against marriage and business partnerships with non-believers as being unequally joined (1 Cor 6:14-17; 2 Cor 6:14,15).

See also: agreement, contracts, co-operation, partnerships, soul ties.

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