Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST/TELEVISION - bil­ly­gra­ham.org BILLY GRA­HAM Write to Billy Gra­ham in care of Billy Gra­ham Evan­ge­lis­tic As­so­ci­a­tion, 1 Billy Gra­ham Park­way, Char­lotte, N.C. 28201 or visit the web­site at

DEAR REV. GRA­HAM: My boyfriend doesn’t ob­ject if I want to go to church, but he says it isn’t for him. When I asked him why, he said he thinks that he’s a pretty good per­son, and he doesn’t feel guilty or have any need to ask for for­give­ness and all that. Should I be con­cerned about this?

— M.R. DEAR M.R.: Yes, you cer­tainly should be con­cerned, and the rea­son is be­cause what your boyfriend is ac­tu­ally say­ing is that he doesn’t need God. Al­though he may be­lieve that God ex­ists, he doesn’t want any­thing to do with God.

In­stead he thinks he can get along in life with­out God, and if you were to marry him, this would al­ways cre­ate a bar­rier be­tween you. In times of cri­sis, for ex­am­ple, you wouldn’t be able to turn to­gether to God for His help and comfort. Nor would you be able to work to­gether to teach your chil­dren about God and be an ex­am­ple to them of His love and joy. The Bi­ble bluntly warns, “Do not be yoked to­gether with un­be­liev­ers” (2 Corinthi­ans 6:14).

What can you do? First, make cer­tain of your com­mit­ment to Je­sus Christ. God loves you so much that He sent His Son into the world to give His life for you. If you have never done so, turn to Christ and in­vite Him to come into your life as your Sav­ior and Lord.

Then pray for your friend, that God will con­vict him of his sin and show him his need for Christ. Ask God as well to make you an ex­am­ple to him of Christ’s love and pu­rity and peace. Re­gard­less of what the fu­ture holds for your re­la­tion­ship, your friend needs Christ, and God can use you to help him.

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