Christian Living: Should An Opposite Sex Christian Single Couple Be Ministry and Prayer Partners?
Recently I was asked about the propriety of a Christian single man and a Christian single woman being prayer partners and ministering together.
I had to admit that at one time, before marriage 23 years ago, my best friend hailed from my home area and was working on her MBA in Texas. Although, we were very close friends, nothing inappropriate ever happened.
Nonetheless, the results could have been much different. I don't think we realized until after I was married how much we really cared for each other.
The truth is that the anointing will make anyone more appealing. So even the anointing to pray can generate an attraction that can go over the limits. Remember, the devil would love nothing better than to contort something good into a disgrace within the body of Christ.
With that said, my answer to the young lady went like this: There are only 2 questions that have to be answered here.
The First is, What is the Spirit of God saying to you about this relationship? The Second is, does what you are hearing from God, conform to His Word? They must be in agreement.
Regardless, of how they may proceed, I thought the following guidelines used by Rick Warren's Saddleback Church were excellent. Even if they choose to proceed they will be well served by following the limits set by these boundries.
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