It’s not surprising that we live in a nation of harlots since most ministers can’t even define the word harlot or tell you where it first occurred in the Bible. The primary reason for this is that they fear teaching chastity from the Bible because it requires them to teach from the Old Testament and if they teach from the Old Testament they’ll have to admit that polygamy is not a sin or lie by claiming that it is. In order to avoid either of those, they just don’t teach chastity from the Bible. Instead, they rely on societal taboos but today, those taboos have vanished and without “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”* their flock is defenseless against the onslaught of permissive messages from American society.
The first use of the word harlot concerned Dinah, Jacobs daughter. She had been taken for sexual relations without the benefit of marriage by a Hivite prince named Shechem. Genesis 34:2 Shechem dearly loved Dinah for the Bible tells us, “his soul cleaved to Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the young woman, and spoke kindly to the young woman. And Shechem spoke to his father Hamor, saying, Get me this young woman for my wife! Genesis 34:3,4
Now when the sons of Jacob discovered that Shechem, the Hivite prince, had defiled their sister by having sex with her without marrying her first, they killed all the Hivite men, and explained the reason to Jacob their father, saying:
“Should he deal with our sister as with a harlot?” Genesis 34:31
Let’s look at what happened to cause Jacob’s sons to say that Dinah had been dealt with by Shechem as a harlot? What had Shechem done with Dinah? He’d had sex with her without the benefit of marriage. That’s it. There are no claims that she resisted or that he forced himself upon her. Now you have the definition of harlot; a woman who has sex without the benefit of marriage, so let’s look at how much worse it is to have sex with a boyfriend than to be paid to have sex.
“And the contrary is in you from other women in your whoredoms, whereas none follow you to commit whoredoms: and in that you give a reward, and no reward is given to you, therefore you are contrary.” Ezekiel 16:34
So we have the Lord stating here that a woman who gives a reward to the man who she has sex with is worse than the woman who is paid to have sex. This doesn’t mean it’s not a sin to have sex for money. It is a sin. But horrible sin that selling your body is, it is a worse sin to give it away! Do you know any women who give presents to their boyfriends? Have you given gifts to your boyfriend? Has your girlfriend given gifts to you? When women have sex with their boyfriends and give them gifts they are the worst kind of harlots according to the Bible.
The Lord says of such women:
Ezekiel 16:35,36 Wherefore, O harlot, hear the word of the LORD: Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers, and with all the idols of thy abominations, (today – materialism) and by the blood of thy children, (today – abortion) which thou didst give unto them; Behold, therefore I will gather all thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure, and all [them] that thou hast loved, with all [them] that thou hast hated; I will even gather them round about against thee, and will discover thy nakedness unto them, that they may see all thy nakedness.
There is no difference between the women of today who have abortions or take RU-486, the abortion pill, and the women in Old Testament times who sacrificed their live newborns at the alter of Molech. Today’s woman has simply switched gods. Instead of sacrificing to Molech, she sacrifices to the god of materialism and convenience.
This nation is full of women who have sex outside of marriage (the Bible calls them whores and harlots) and who give gifts to the men who fornicate with them. Half of the country is or has been a harlot or fornicator. If you still haven’t understood what the Bible teaches concerning harlotry, let me make a final attempt to clarify. If you are a woman who lost her virginity prior to marriage and it was not due to rape, you are a harlot; a whore. You’ve heard of Rahab the harlot? Well if you’re what I just described then you’re ___________ the harlot. Just fill in the blank with your name.
Why have I focused on American harlots and fornicators in this article? Because the United States has one of the highest percentages of “Christians” of any nation in the world and yet it also has one the highest percentages of harlots and fornicators in the world. Our ministers, however, are not the only ones responsible for this decline. Every person who considers their self a Christian is responsible for their own behavior. Most homes have more than one Bible. Anyone reading this as an Internet article has online access to hundreds of Bibles. There is no excuse for any Christian not to know what the Bible teaches about chastity. Paul said, “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.” 1 Corinthians 6:18 But you can’t flee fornication if you don’t know what it is. This is why it is absolutely necessary that all Christians familiarize themselves with all the teachings in the Bible concerning chastity.
In addition to the the sin of harlotry and fornication, harlots and fornicators who call themselves Christians are causing others to stumble by their poor example of what Christians are.
Now if you’re a harlot or a fornicator, or a minister or brother or sister in Christ who has failed to teach chastity in accordance with the Bible, I’m telling you this for a reason. I want you to know that you have sinned and you have sinned greatly. I want you to know this so that you will be led to turn from your sins, turn to God, and begin reading and teaching from the bible. The American form of harlotry, where women give their boyfriends presents and shack up with them, even paying rent and car payments, is the WORST kind of harlotry as I have outlined here but the Lord is still able and anxious to forgive. Are you able and anxious to accept that forgiveness? Can you accept what is taught in the Bible that there is a right way and a wrong way to have sex and that the right way is in marriage? Are you ready to turn away from sin and turn to the Lord? Maybe you’re already saved but just don’t realize the depth of forgiveness that the Lord has given you. If you’ll think about how He has forgiven you for crimes worse than those that a prostitute commits then you can experience the great love and thankfulness that those of us who have sinned greatly feel toward the Lord when we accept His forgiveness. Don’t try to hide your sins from yourself no matter what those sins have been. Let the Lord “hide His face” (psalm 51:9) from those sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. He’ll not only hide His face from them, He’ll take them away as “far as the east is from the west.” Psalm 103:12 It is His power and His grace that is made even more awesome when we see the great sins that He has freed us from.
If you are a harlot or fornicator let it be said about you:
Such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
Rom 8:1 There is therefore now, no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:1
May the psalmist’s prayer be yours:
“Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me [with thy] free spirit. [Then] will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.” Psalms 51:9-13 Praise the Lord!
Will you join me in teaching transgressors the ways of the Lord so that sinners can be converted?
Shame on those ministers who read but don’t preach the Bible. They are stumbling blocks. May each of us know the greatness of God’s salvation by understanding the depth of our own depravity. In this way we can know His great love for us. May you and I learn every day how great the Lord’s love is when He shows us the error of our ways. Better yet, may He deliver us from temptation!. Amen? Amen!
A final word:
You alone are responsible for the path you take. Despite the guilt of any minister or other Christian in failing to teach you from the Bible, you have a Bible yourself and may read from it at any time.
May your prayer again be as the psalmist’s:
Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. Psalm 119:35
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* Ephesians 6:17b “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”