Can A Believing Spouse Save An Unbelieving One?

Q. I have a friend who is a devout Christian, but worries that her husband may not be saved because he believes that there are other ways to salvation besides Jesus, like being a good person, etc. Is there any place in scripture that because a married couple are “one” the one saved automatically brings salvation to the other?

A. The verse you’re thinking of is 1 Cor. 7:14

“For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.”

This does not mean that the believing spouse automatically saves the unbelieving one.  It means that the believing spouse makes the marriage legitimate in God’s eyes for the sake of making the children legitimate offspring.  Every person who attains the age of accountability is responsible for making his or her own choice to accept or reject the pardon Jesus purchased at the cross.  No one can do this for anyone else.

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