What does the Bible say about prostitution? Will God forgive a prostitute?


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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
Prostitution is often referred to as the "oldest profession." Indeed, it has always been a common way for women to make money, even in Bible times. The Bible tells us that prostitution is immoral. ...

July 01 2013 9 responses Vote Up Share Report

Open uri20150122 31549 1ruiwsl Jyotish Mishra Saved by grace through faith in JESUS CHRIST.
Not only was Rahab the harlot was forgiven, but we find later God gave her a family and her name appears in the family line of our Lord as we read in Matthew 1:5.

Her name is found in Hebrews 11:31 as an example of the woman of faith.

Not only this, but her name is again found in the book of James at 2:25 as a woman who had living and active faith.

No matter how great a sinner he/she is, once we trust Christ we are saved. Our past, present, and future sins are forgiven because while we were yet sinners Christ died for us, as read in Romans 5:8.

God not only forgives prostitutes, but restores them and includes them in His plan of Kingdom building as we saw in case Rahab. But if we continue in that sin, then it is sexual immorality and the lake of fire which the second death awaits him/her as we read in Revelation 21:8.

February 19 2015 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Mini James Kraft 74 year old retired pipeline worker
The church in Corinth had many that were going to prostitutes. Paul told them they were joining Jesus to prostitutes. Then went on to say that every other sin is outside the body but sexual sin. 

The believers in Corinth were living in all kinds of sin. They came to communion to get drunk, and many were living in fornication. But, Paul still called them saints. Because they had trusted Jesus to save them. They were just baby Christians or believers. 

We have the same today in many churches where the baby Christians never grow. They stay living in immorality. But they will reap what they sow. And they many just lose their life if they do not change their ways. 

But as Paul said, their spirit will be saved in the day of the lord, because our works have nothing to do with salvation by grace. Jesus paid for the sin of prostitution and going to one. 

Many sow there wild oats and then pray for a crop failure. We do reap what we sow. We should abstain from all ungodliness, and live lives pleasing to the Lord. Not for salvation, but because we are saved. Keeping from doing these things saves no one. We do not do these things because we are saved, not to save us, that was done at the cross.

March 29 2017 1 response Vote Up Share Report

95 1 Jay Saunders
All sin is equal in the eyes of God. The Word of God says: That we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Meaning his standard of sinlessness has not been met and it never will be possible for us to be absolutely perfect. Romans 3:2-3 (Sin)

That is why God gave us his only begotten son to be a sinless sacrifice for our sins. Jesus is and was the only sacrifice for our sins and suffered the wrath of God for our sins for us. He could not have done this without being an innocent, guiltless and sinless substitute for us.
Romans 5:9. John 3:36 (Wrath of God)

When we put on Christ as our savior and Lord, our sins are blotted out and removed from us as far as the east is from the west. He becomes our "propitiation" for all our sins past, present and future. This propitiation requires two things from us: to evolve to be a better person and to confess our sins during this evolution process.
1 John 2:2 (Propitiation)

This process is called "sanctification". The sanctification process continues throughout our life and culminates when we pass over into eternal life. Then we cast off the sin nature with our human bodies that we inherited from our human parents Adam and Eve, the first sinners that broke the perfect communion with God through sin.
1st Corinthians 6:11 (Sanctification)

God's grace imputes our Lord's righteousness upon us as a free gift when we confess with our mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord and invite him into our life as savior. Our righteousness is as filthy rags but his righteousness has become our righteousness through faith and acts of obedience.

Confessing, repenting and changing is an act of humility, obedience and love. Our God is love and he desires and deserves our love, because everything good comes from God.

Evil does not come from God but evil exists in this world and sometimes we're called upon by evil to suffer through it. But we do not have to suffer it alone. Our God reigns and can be a very present help in times of our troubles. He will never leave us or forsake us; even when death is knocking at your door, another door opens to eternal life with him.

If it were not so I would say nothing. He has proven and revealed himself to me in so many ways. But I had to "believe" that he was by faith and then walk by faith before divine providence could reveal that he is truth.

The sin of prostitution is no problem for Jesus to erase. He makes all things new by his amazing grace. Revelations 21:5


February 26 2020 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
Our Spanish pastor within the last year (2020) taught some wonderful adult Sunday School lessons in Spanish to our Spanish speaking people, including me, in a packed Sunday School classroom, at East Delavan Baptist Church. 

He spoke on the shamlessness of a prostitute in Prov. 2:16; 7:11-27.
She’d been in the streets, looking for victims (Prov. 7:11-12), but now one was coming right to her door! She caught him (Gen. 39:12), kissed him (Prov. 5:3), and convinced him that it was an opportune time for him to visit her.

But see also Proverbs 9:13-18.

Some people don’t make “a covenant with [their] eyes not to look lustfully at a girl” (Job 31:1 NIV), nor did they follow the example of Joseph and flee from temptation (Gen. 39:7ff.; 2 Tim. 2:22 which says “Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts”, a verse I just quoted last week to an unsaved Mexican man at work). 

But wouldn’t this 2 Tim. 2:22a leave a vacuum in my life if I obeyed it? Not if, “instead, [I] pursue[d] righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. [And enjoy[ed] the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.” (NLT)

So the writer of Proverbs and Pastor Ray taught about the plots of a prostitute in Prov. 7:10. Solomon wrote here, "And behold, the woman meets him, dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart." But see also Proverbs 9:14-17.
And Pastor Ray warned that a prostitute is to be shunned as shown in Prov. 5:3-20; 7:25-27. 

The father warns his children to stay away from the adulteress. “Remove your way far from her, and do not go near the door of her house” (Prov. 5:8 KJV). “Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death” (Pr 7:27). "Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death." It's a highway to hell, says Andy Davis. [Embracing Sexual Purity in an Impure World
October 04, 2009 | Pastor Andy Davis
Proverbs 5:1-7:27
Pure in Heart, Sexual Purity -- sermon]

But yes, a prostitute can be forgiven. Jesus did (John 8:1-12). But she has to repent and believe first.

February 28 2021 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Profile pic Mark Vestal Proud of nothing of myself. Freed by Christ who did it all!
God forgave the prostitute nearly 2,000 years ago. The prostitute just needs to believe this for salvation (1 Cor 15:1-4), and to then begin living a new life for God as they are now a new creation in Jesus Christ:

2 Corinthians 5:14-21 KJV:

"For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."

When the prostitute realizes and believes what God already did out of His love for them, they become a "new creature". As their understanding in faith grows they will desire to live more righteously for God, as it is the least they can do to show gratitude for His overwhelming grace (Romans 12:1).

God's grace is always greater than any sin (Romans 5:20).

May 16 2023 2 responses Vote Up Share Report

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