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By EEW Magazine Entertainment Editors: MUSIC BUZZ

Most Christians agree that being “unequally yoked” in a romantic
relationship is forbidden, according to their understanding of 2
Corinthians 6:14-18.

But who knew so many see this principle as extending to working for
the Lord in any capacity? Based upon several reader responses
regarding gospel artist Isaac Carree linking up with R&B singer R. Kelly
for his “Clean This House” remix, mixing “light and dark,” in this case, is
taboo also.

“I think the church is so obsessed with crossing over, that we have just
begun to compromise our standards in the name of reaching the
masses,” wrote Charlene Edgerton, 45.
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“Saints and sinners, in that way, just don’t mix. I’m sorry.”

But is, mixing, in Carree’s case, as it were, wrong?

Well, the Greek word for the phrase “unequally yoked” in 2 Corinthians 6 is the translation of a compound word,
the verb heterozugeo, which means, "to yoke up differently; to associate discordantly; unequally yoke
together.” It is only found in this one place in the Bible.

Its usage denotes being "yoked with one alien in spirit," based on a symbolic Old Testament principle in
Leviticus 19:19, where God forbade the mating of two kinds of animals; planting fields with two kinds of seeds;
or wearing clothing with mixed fabrics.
(SOURCE: Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown)

The idea is about maintaining purity, by not mixing and mingling with one that is different and distinct in their
goals, habits, beliefs, values, and religious practices.

So then, in light of all that, is it a total stretch for a musical marriage to fall into that “thou shalt not” category? Is
there any way to make this principle, rooted in scripture, a law to which Christians must be subject in all

Well, everyone must work out their own soul’s salvation (Philippians 2:12), and be accountable to God for their

“I think the church needs to go back to praying and stop trying to win a popularity contest,” claimed M. Johnson,
from Georgia. “I see a falling away happening, from the principles and patterns of holiness and we need to get
back to the basics, and do it fast.”

For her, that means doing what 2 Chronicles 7:14, that requires Believers to “humble themselves and pray and
seek my face and turn from their wicked ways.”

Whatever your feelings about secular-sacred collaborations, praying is something we can all participate in
doing: for ourselves, one another, and the Body of Christ as a whole.

RELATED: Controversial: Isaac Carree Teams Up With R. Kelly For 'Clean This House' Remix
JUNE 12, 2013
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READERS REACT: Isaac Carree & R. Kelly
‘Clean This House’