One-Sentence Ministering: “Jesus ‘hung out’ with Prostitutes”

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 ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ

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 Matthewโ€™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, โ€œWhy does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?โ€

12 On hearing this, Jesus said, โ€œIt is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: โ€˜I desire mercy, not sacrifice.โ€™ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.โ€

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.

carpool, anyone?

As always, I hope this will be helpful!

See alsoโ€ฆ

Part I: โ€œIโ€™m a good person, so I donโ€™t need Jesus.โ€
Part II: โ€œBrownie points.โ€
Part III: “Just Saying Sorry.”

** Additional source:

์•ˆ๋…•! Bye! Ciao!


take care!


  1. When I covered the video game adaption of The Da Vinci Code I had to look into this. Since that plot posits that not only did Jesus hang out with prostitutes but Mary Magladene was a sex worker and they had a child together.

    Obviously as you could probably guess the church wasnโ€™t happy about that plot line. ๐Ÿ˜‚

    But here is where I gathered a little bit of history where that widely regarded hoax came from. (And this is purely objective reading – but yeah, pretty much completely regarded as petty BS. And thatโ€™s coming from me – who you are probably well aware by now is not a practicing Christian lol)

    โ€œThe earliest appearance of this theory is due to the 13th-century Cistercian monk and chronicler Peter of Vaux de Cernay who reported that Cathars believed that the ‘evil’ and ‘earthly’ Jesus Christ had a relationship with Mary Magdalene, described as his concubine (and that the ‘good Christ’ was incorporeal and existed spiritually in the body of Paul).[12] The program The Real Da Vinci Code also cast doubt on the Rosslyn Chapel association with the Grail and on other related stories, such as the alleged landing of Mary Magdalene in France.โ€

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    • I read The DaVinci Code and enjoyed it way back when it first came out. I can still appreciate the nail-biting, fast-paced story and excitement of the plot. I think it’s Dan Brown’s best book, IMO.

      And that’s really interesting! I didn’t know they had traced this particular theory back to a specific person, so that’s really cool that you added it here. Thanks for sharing it ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure other people reading this will appreciate that, too.

      As a side fun fact, there’s a few things that are popular that are not in the Bible (or are different in the Bible) and my biggest surprise was angels and hell. Those things in art and in the Bible are quite different!

      Thanks for stopping by! Are you ever going to do a blog on Syphon Filter (1999)? Not gonna lie, I’ve been waiting to see if you do that one, Lol ๐Ÿ˜

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      • Itโ€™s funny that you mention that because Iโ€™ve had every intention of actually reading both testaments of the Bible and the Qurโ€™an just to read these ideas for myself and not rely so heavily on what is โ€œpopularity acceptedโ€ about the books.

        And typically Iโ€™ve stuck with only ps2 games so far on the blog but I do remember enjoying Syphon Filter back in the day. If I run across it in my goodwill or flea market travels I will pick it up and make an exception to my ps2 rule. ๐Ÿ˜‚ โ˜บ๏ธ

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      • I hope you do get around to read them someday. It takes some patience to get through the longer books in the Old Testament, but it’s definitely doable.

        And oh I hadn’t realized it was a PS1 game! Well, I feel old ๐Ÿ˜… I only had Syphon Filter and Crash Bandicoot 2 Cortex Strikes Back and I played those constantly ๐Ÿ˜ And we sometimes rented Resident Evil from the local video store.

        Anyway, your blog is a blast from the past, I’m really enjoying it!

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      • I work with people that were too young to even own a ps2 let alone an original ps1! So donโ€™t worry. I feel old too ๐Ÿ˜‚. Thank you.

        I look forward to your posts – they make me think and re-examine my own relationship with spirituality and religion. You have an open mind and are good with open discussion – which is exactly what I feel religion needs in this day and age. Long gone are the days of closed and stubborn โ€œyou should see it this wayโ€ (coming from all religious and non religious people) Mutual respect and open hearts and minds help everyone! Have a great day.

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  2. This is a really good post, Yari! Jesus convicts sin. Prostitution would have been horrific in the Greco-Roman world for sure. While not part of the discussion here but denounced by Paul was the practice of temple/cult prostitution in Corinth and Ephesus. Thank you for writing on this!

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  3. And imagine the hits you’ll get on this post having the words prostitute and sex workers in it. You might get someone doing a search on these phrases and then they can see what you’ve written about Jesus! Bonus!

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  4. I honestly was not familiar with the notion that just because Jesus hung out with those that needed Him most ( which included prostitutes), that it would be twisted to think that prostitution is ok.
    This is like saying Jesus turned water into wine and use it as an excuse to justify addiction to alcoholism.
    Thank you for sharing this Yari.

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  5. This is something I’ve always understood. Someone who is Christian shouldn’t spend all of their time with people who are already saved. You need to be around sinners to set them on the right path. Thank you as always for your ministry.

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