I didn’t want to do this one, but I’ve seen it enough times that I just need to address it. And when someone with ZERO social media has seen this a lot, that means it’s a belief that’s spreading quite wildly.
This one is so… ignorant that I didn’t even believe it back before I followed Christ. So this isn’t something that I personally used to say. But (sigh) let’s do it 🤦♀️
Some might say…
Jesus hung out with prostitutes.
To which you might reply…
…to help them.
I would recommend memorizing the parts when Jesus clearly expressed that He came to help sinners, prostitutes included, because He didn’t just “hang out” with people for funsies. For some reason, people imply that Jesus approved of prostitution because He “hung out” with prostitutes. But…
Prostitution is one of the most dangerous professions in the country; worse than Alaskan fisherman, or loggers, or oil rig workers.** And that’s in modern times, in America. Imagine how much worse it was back in biblical times, in a time and place so far away.
Jesus has never and would never and will never encourage anyone to do anything so dangerous.
I would recommend sharing verses such as Luke 7:36-48 and Matthew 9:10-13.
In fact, here it is:
10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Matthew 9:10-13 NIV, emphasis mine.
I suspect that someone who would actually believe that Jesus “hung out” with prostitutes is not someone who is the least bit familiar with the Bible, so complicated apologetics would fly over their heads. I think simple would be best.
Memorizing relevant Bible verses in this occasion would also be best, because you’d literally have to stop Jesus mid-sentence to think that He saw prostitutes (tax collectors, the destitute, other sinners) and didn’t help them.
I don’t know how or when this belief spread (I never considered it to be true even as an unbeliever), but I imagine it has stemmed from the way prostitution is romanticized in today’s culture.
You might also hear it called “sex work” nowadays. Like they’re putting on a hard hat and heading to the sex factory.
As always, I hope this will be helpful!
** Additional source: https://www.hg.org/legal-articles/prostitution-in-the-united-states-30997
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