The word “yoked” means that you have lost independent movement. In that sense, we cannot see ourselves as a church, or me as a minister, formalising a marriage between a Christian and a non-Christian. That would see two people yokes together who are not united spiritually. It of course does bring up many other difficult issues. What of business relationships – can a Christian be united in business with a non-Christian? Can you be tied to an organisation that is non-Christian. That would of course place most of you in a difficult situation! To me it is all about “considered” separation. Paul is arguing along the lines that where the gospel is compromised, where pagan ideas permeate the Christian gospel, that in these situations there can be no compromise, no being yoked together. Paul just reminds them of their calling to be a holy people, separated unto God.