An unbeliever is someone who does not believe with all his heart in the saving power that is in the blood of Jesus. He is a person who says that he believes in Christ with his mouth but does not honor him.
What then is the yoke of unbelief? The yoke of unbelief is the power that keeps you under the bondage of sin. It is the power that does not allow you to believe in Christianity. It is the power that opposes righteousness that is in Christ and keeps you in sin unto the day of death. The yoke of unbelief is the yoke that can strike and bring a victim into sin by fire. With the yoke of unbelief, sin is compulsory.
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And so, once you are still under the bondage of many sins, you are regarded as an unbeliever.
“He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God”1 John 3:8-9
This yoke of unbelief keeps you happy in sin and sad in righteousness. While the yoke of transgression causes people to transgress with regret, the yoke of unbelief causes people to rejoice in evil. This was the yoke that gave Pharaoh happiness when he saw the children of God in sorrow. Pharaoh rejoiced to see that God had no one to serve him.
An unbeliever is not only a person who does not go to church, nor is it only someone who worships idols. An unbeliever is also someone whose belief is contrary to anything written in the Bible, especially against Christ. You may overcome every sin in life, but if any of your beliefs or doctrines are found to be contrary to the Scripture, you will go to hell because you possess the yoke of unbelief.
It is possible that this yoke can follow you until the day you die. However, in order not to die in unbelief, you have to believe the totality of God’s word. You have to take the Bible as the final authority in all matters concerning Christian conduct and work and surrender your life completely to God.