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What does the Bible say about soul ties?

Question: "What does the Bible say about soul ties?"

We are glad that you are looking for answers in the Bible, because the Bible should be our only rule for faith and practice. If you are looking for soul ties in the Bible, you will come up empty. Soul ties are not in the Bible; rather, the idea of soul ties is a man-made speculation which some teachers superimpose onto scripture in an attempt to explain certain human behaviors.

The Bible does speak of close friendships, such as that of David and Jonathan. “The soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul” (1 Samuel 18:1). This is simply a way of expressing Jonathan’s total commitment to, and deep friendship with, David. To try to make this passage teach a mystical binding of the actual soul is unwarranted.

The Bible also warns against entering ungodly relationships. “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. . . . Walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path” (Proverbs 1:10, 15). This passage and others like it caution us against the wrong types of friends, but stop short of describing a spiritual union of souls.

We also have clear warning against fornication in scripture. “Flee also youthful lusts” (2 Timothy 2:22). The Bible says that one who “is joined to an harlot is one body” (1 Corinthians 6:16). Note that the body is joined; the Bible says nothing of the soul being joined.

The Bible presents evil as addictive; however, nowhere does the Bible speak of “fragmented” souls or “dividing” one’s soul. In short, the Bible gives us clear direction for our lives, and we know the remedy for sin is to confess it and forsake it (1 John 1:9; John 8:11). There is no need for overly complex, human theories such as “soul ties.”

Recommended Resource: Bible Answers for Almost all Your Questions by Elmer Towns.

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