Is it ever God's will for a Christian to marry an unbeliever?

Is it ever God’s will for an assembly Christian to marry an unbeliever or a believer who is not in assembly fellowship?

Because God is the same (Hebrews 1:12; 13:8), His will today is the same as when He inspired His Word (2 Timothy 3:16). God’s will is never contrary to His Word. He teaches, "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers" (2 Corinthhians 6:14), which clearly includes marriage.

For believers, the Lord places this restriction: "only in the Lord" (1 Corinthians 7:39). The New Testament distinguishes between the expressions "in Christ" and "in the Lord." "In Christ" relates to our union and position in relationship with Christ. "In the Lord" expresses our submission in responsibility to the Lord. Marriage in Christ would involve marriage to another Christian. Marriage in the Lord involves the marriage of two believers who are willing to submit to the Lord. Full submission to His lordship includes gathering to His name (Matthew 18:20).

Admittedly, some who gather to His name are not fully submitted to His lordship and some who do not gather to His name submit to His lordship to a greater degree. A believer who receives the Biblical teaching of gathering to His name and doesn’t submit to it (or only "submits" to it to gain the hand of a partner in marriage) is not submitting to His lordship. Marrying such a person is not "marriage in the Lord."

Marrying an unbeliever or marrying a believer who does not submit to the Lordship of Christ violates God’s Word and cannot be His will.

David Oliver