Is It All Right To Date Those In Babylon?

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Is It All Right to Date Those in Babylon?

Good morning T____,
There is nothing wrong with speaking with those who are of this church world. Christ said:

Joh 17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. (KJV)

Most all of the translations realize that the article before the word evil necessitates the word ‘one’ afterward. The New American Standard Bible is typical of the many better translations of this verse.

Joh 17:15 I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. (NASB)

Christ does not want us to be physically removed from the men of this world. We are called “the salt of the earth.”

Mat 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

That is what makes monasteries and convents so very evil. They “take us out of the world,” and keep those who claim to be God’s salt inside the salt shaker, instead of allowing it to “salt the earth.”
But Christ did ask His Father to “keep us from the evil one,” and the apostle Paul says “we are not ignorant of his devices.”

2Co 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

Those words are written in the context of just such a situation inasmuch as it concerned the relations between a man and a woman who were claiming to be brothers and sisters in Christ but were ignoring the very words of Christ. Read 1Co 5: and 2Co 2.

1Co 5:9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:
1Co 5:10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.
1Co 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
1Co 5:12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
1Co 5:13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

“Do not you judge them that are within?” The answer is “yes, we do”, and if they are fornicators “with such an one no not to eat.”
So, to answer your question directly, if your female interest is truly seeking to know the mind of God, then by all means spend time with her and introduce her to the True Shepherd of the flock. But if you know for a fact that she is not interested in coming to know the words of the True Shepherd, and she is comfortable with all the fornications and abominations that are the doctrines of Babylon, then you are kidding no one but yourself when you try to justify spending time with a young lady who is living in spiritual fornication and believing in and being satisfied with spiritual “idols of the heart.”
My prayers are with you. I pray that God will make you aware that you are struggling with much more than just your flesh.

Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [ places].

The flesh is there, but there is much more than the flesh involved. There is spiritual warfare being waged in your own heart and mind. It is called “spiritual wickedness in the heavens,” and the Adversary has been given our flesh for lunch:

Gen 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou [ art] cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

“You are not ignorant of his devices.”
Your brother in Christ,

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