Is it generally
recommended for Catholics to be 'yoked with unbelievers' & heretics?
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Not according to the
great St. Paul, who says...
"Do not be
yoked with those who are different, with unbelievers. For what partnership do
righteousness and lawlessness have? Or what fellowship does light have with
darkness? What accord has Christ with Beliar? Or what has a believer in common
with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are
the temple of the living God; as God said: 'I will live with them and move among
them, and I will be their God and they shall be my people. Therefore, come forth
from them and be separate,' says the Lord, 'and touch nothing unclean; then I
will receive you and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and
daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.'" (St. Paul, 2 Cor. 6:14-18)
"After a first
and second warning, break off contact with a heretic, realizing that such a
person is perverted and sinful and stands self-condemned." (St. Paul, Ti.
Similarly, the Apostle
St. John says the following about those with false doctrine...
comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him in your house
or even greet him; for whoever greets him shares in his evil works." (2 Jn.
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