The following article appeared in News 24 today in South Africa. https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/jesus-was-the-first-to-decriminalise-sex-work-banner-at-cape-town-church-20180302

I will add some notes from the above article and also just a few of my thoughts lest I turn this blog into a “Long Read”. Furthermore, a response from the Christian community is welcomed if one feels the need to respond. Should the Church be “Seeker-Friendly” and Culturally applicable? Should the Church side with the philosophical and ideological world and capitulate to the overwhelming pressure that the worldly societies subject the Church too?

Decriminalizing Sex Work!

There is a call on all Churches by the Central Methodist Mission in South Africa to come together and decriminalise “Sex Work” because Jesus never came to judge the world (John 3:17) and, furthermore, Churches need to preach the Gospel and stop judging sinners.

Reverend Alan Storey of the Central Methodist Mission, together with members of the Asijiki Coalition for the Decriminalisation of Sex Work, on Thursday, hoisted a banner over the church steeple in support of the decriminalisation of sex work. (sic)

He explained that the criminalisation of sex work disempowered sex workers from insisting on safe sex practices with clients.” (sic)

Apparently, the Church should be “A non-judgmental space”!

According to the article in question, “Church should be a non-judgmental space.” (sic)

Pamela Chakuvinga, assistant national coordinator at national sex workers’ movement, Sisonke says that. “… On behalf of all sex workers in South Africa, we are so happy that we have pastors who recognise sex workers as human beings…” (sic)

The World is already judged!

What these people, including the misguided Reverend Storey, do not understand is that Christ came to save those who are His. These people, obviously, have not practised good exegesis or even hermeneutics or they would have realised that Scripture, especially the Book of John, has to be used in full context.
John 3:16-22

16“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

The Woman caught in Adultery!

What they have not considered and which their own ignorance has prevented them from understanding is what Christ’s take on sin and sinful acts is.

The woman who was caught in adultery in the Book of John Chapter 8 was brought before Jesus by the Pharisses with the sole purpose of trapping Jesus. To cut a long story short, Jesus tells those who had no sin to cast the first stone. Obviously, there was not a person who could be found without sin. Therefore Jesus tells the woman that He neither condemns her. But, the conclusive phrase out of the entire episode is, “…Go and sin no more…” (John 8:1-11).

The Gospel is a Judgment in itself!

According to the propagators of the decriminalisation of Sex Work, Constance Nothando Mathe, coordinator at Asijiki said: “I would like to emphasise to those pastors that it is not their duty to judge. Only God can do that. They are there to preach the word of God.” (sic)

Well, there are just two things that I would like to point out here;

  1. Firstly, the Bible says that “For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17). The truth of this Scripture goes to show that the Church was never for the unsaved but rather for the saved. Furthermore, notice the word “JUDGMENT”. The very word used in this passage of Scripture expresses what it actually means, “Judgment”, and, therefore, if it is judgment, then that means a verdict has to be made between right and wrong and emphasizing an everlasting torment for the unredeemed.

  1. Secondly, Jesus came to save sinner but, those people whom he does not save stand condemned. He never came to judge the world but the world stands in judgment because of their perversities and unrepentant hearts. The Gospel is Good News to those who believe, but it is certainly bad news for those who reject the Gospel. Once again, the Gospel Truth is to bring Judgment to the reprobate and redemption to the one whom God regenerates through His Holy Spirit (John 6:44)

2 Timothy 3:1-9

1But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good,4treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 6For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, 7always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. 8Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. 9But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.

For the full article click on the link below:

https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/jesus-was-the-first-to-decriminalise-sex-work-banner-at-cape-town-church-20180302

Ps. Shane Bryant (OMIN CLC, BDiv)

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