A biblical perspective on prostitution

by Andrew Lansdown
2007

Prostitution involves the selling and buying of sex. It involves an exchange of money for sex between a man and a woman who have no legal, moral or emotional attachment to each other.

How should Christians view such activity? Fortunately, as with any matter of importance, God guides us to a right perspective through his written word.

The Bible teaches that sex is a good gift from God to any heterosexual couple who in love and law promise enduring and exclusive fidelity to one another. Sex is God’s gift to every bride and groom, to be unwrapped on the honeymoon and enjoyed throughout the marriage. In short, scripture highly approves of sexual intimacy between a man and a woman for the purposes of pleasure, love and procreation, provided they have committed themselves to one another in the covenant of marriage.

When we appreciate what the Bible approves concerning sex, we can anticipate what it disapproves. Take prostitution. If scripture teaches that the only right context for sexual intimacy is marriage, then we can deduce that prostitution is wrong because it involves sexual intimacy outside that right context. And if scripture teaches that one of the good purposes for sexual intercourse is the expression of love, then we know implicitly that prostitution is bad because it deliberately severs the sexual act from that good purpose. So even if the Bible never specifically mentioned prostitution, we would know that it is wrong because it falls outside of what God commends as good in sexual matters.

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