Prostitution is known as the worlds oldest profession. However, in many areas of the world prostitution proves itself popular and vital to this day. Such a popular and enduring profession has not gone without controversy. Presently prostitution is illegal in many areas of the United States. But, as we all know, the United States was not founded on the Bible, so we cannot trust our laws for moral guidance (even though we should obey them). Thus we should examine prostitution using his Holy Word, and see what God would have us do.
After a thorough examination of his holy Word, I believe the answer is clear. God approves of you offering yourself for sex in exchange for money. But that is my interpretation, so let us open up the Good Book and you can make your own decision.
First let me state that nowhere does the Bible expressly prohibit or encourage prostitution. So this is a bit of a gray area, where we need to examine closely the prostitutes that are in the Bible, and how the Bible addresses them. Thankfully there are many prostitutes within the Bible and we have many points of interest to look at.
The Old Testament
Genesis 38 15-17
15 When Judah saw her, he thought she was a prostitute, for she had covered her face. 16 Not realizing that she was his daughter-in-law, he went over to her by the roadside and said, “Come now, let me sleep with you.”, “And what will you give me to sleep with you?” she asked. 17 “I’ll send you a young goat from my flock,” he said.
Judah is the father of the Tribe of Judah, one of the twelve Tribes of Israel. As shown in Genesis 49 he is clearly a blessed man by both God and Jacob. This holy man named Judah obviously had no problem hiring a prostitute. But I want to examine something here. As shown in verse 21, he actually thought Tamar (his daughter in law) was a shrine prostitute. It was the practice at the time that having sex with a shrine prostitute (either male or female) would bring blessings from God. I do not know if this practice continues today. The possibility is there! Try going to a church and offering yourself up as a temple prostitute. Perhaps others will receive blessings from God because of your faithful act.
As a young child Sampson was my favourite hero from the Bible. God blessed Sampson with the strength of many men. Sampson was faithful to God, and for that God did bless Sampson. Truly he was a man to be looked up to. So let us look at the example that a Godly hero like Sampson sets for us all.
Judges 16:1 One day Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a prostitute. He went in to spend the night with her.
And if such a man of God as Sampson is visiting prostitutes. Surely this profession is something God would approve for anyone.
One of the most beloved persons from the Bible is the prostitute Rahab. We know her story, she saves the spies in Jericho and then Joshua spares her life.
In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?
By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.
Hebrews 11 is known for is praise of some of the most faithful men and women in the Bible. It is sort of the Hall of Fame of the Bible. It reflects back on such persons as Abraham, Moses, Joseph, and Isaac. Mentioned in Hebrews 11 is Jephthah. Jephthah comes as a highly regarded warrior in the Bible.
Hebrews 11:32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets
Aside from noting additional praise for the great Sampson who slept with prostitutes, we see praise for Jephthah. These names are right inline with other hero’s such as David, Gideon, and Samuel. What an honor! Yet without his father Gilead sleeping with a prostitute we would not have this man.
Judges 11:1 Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior. His father was Gilead; his mother was a prostitute.
So far we have seen that holy men of God will pay for and visit prostitutes. We see how possibly prostitution might bestow blessings on others. We see how a prostitute can earn praise in the Bible as a righteous person! I think this has show that God and Godly men have a love for prostitutes. And men, do not be afraid to pay for and sleep with prostitutes! Judah and Sampson have set the example.
But look I have found one last benefit of prostitution. You do not have to pay tithes! What a benefit that you get to save up a bit more money to provide for your family. Perhaps this is incentive to get more young women to join this field? God knew people would be nervous about it, and thus is blessing them by letting them keep from tithing.
Deuteronomy 23:18 You must not bring the earnings of a female prostitute or of a male prostitute into the house of the LORD your God to pay any vow, because the LORD your God detests them both.
But now lets look at Jesus. He obviously had a special relationship with a few prostitutes. Jesus has the following interaction with a prostitute.
44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.”
48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
49 The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”
50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
That is a very loving statement towards that prostitute. She’s now going to heaven! And by no means does she have to change her profession, for her faith has saved her! She can continue to earn an income for herself as a prostitute.
31 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32 For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.
If a prostitute believes, he or she can enter the Kingdom of God! Nowhere does it state that these people must change how they earn a living. Be a prostitute and believe and you can go to Heaven! This is what God is telling us!
So this is the word God has for us from his Bible on prostitution. Men follow the example of those in the Bible and visit prostitutes. Women, if you wish to, become prostitutes. God will not withhold his blessing from you. It can be a blessed thing to do, and can let you provide food and shelter for you and those you love.
The Bible clearly approves of prostitution, so feel a sense of pride in your hard work as men pay you to have sex with them.