‘Prostitution, wine and new wine take away the mind and the [spiritual] understanding. My people consult their [lifeless] wooden idol, and their [diviner’s] wand gives them oracles. For a spirit of prostitution has led them astray [morally and spiritually], and they have played the prostitute, withdrawing themselves from their God.’ – Hosea 4: 11,12 AMP.
The spirit of harlotry or prostitution is a subtle spirit that operates a two-fold dimension:
1. The religious dimension – It leads people astray from the worship of the [Creator] God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, into idolatry (the worship or unnecessary veneration of created things, whether spirits, humans, images or objects), which God sees as spiritual adultery. (See Ezekiel 16:31-34)
2. The sexual dimension – It lures people to commit prostitution, adultery and fornication, whether for some kind of gain [especially financial or political gain] or for the mere pleasure of it. The spirit of harlotry causes, suggests and encourages people to disobey God’s sexual laws which forbid any kind of sexual immorality. This spirit is very subtle; therefore, it takes a very keen discernment to know when someone is possessed or influenced by this spirit.
Our focus is going to be on the second dimension of this spirit (the sexual dimension). This is because a lot of people [even some Christians] are possessed or influenced by this spirit and are made to habitually fall into sexual sins.
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God Hates Sexual Immorality
‘Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.’ – 1 Corinthians 6:18 NKJV.
God warns His people not to be found guilty of sexual immorality of any kind (See Leviticus 18 and 20). This includes adultery, fornication, pornography, masturbation, rape, incest, homosexuality, lesbianism and bestiality. He created sex to be enjoyed only in marriage between a [real, natural] man and his wife [a real, natural woman]. People who deliberately disobey God’s sexual laws open up their lives, destinies and homes to the devil. They also open their bodies to be afflicted with sicknesses and diseases of all sort, because when people sin against their bodies, they lose immunity and protection, opening the body to anything available to afflict it.
“Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not!’ – 1 Corinthians 6:15 NKJV.
Corinth was a city well known for its prostitutes, and many practiced their prostitution ‘trade’ as worship to the false-goddess, Aphrodite. God warned the Corinthian believers [who were probably new converts] to desist from this act because you cannot carry God’s Holy Spirit within you and keep wallowing in the mire of sexual filth.
Exposing the Spirit of Harlotry
“How degenerate is your heart!” says the Lord GOD, “seeing you do all these things, the deeds of a brazen harlot.’ – Ezekiel 16:30 NKJV
The spirit of harlotry is the hideous influence behind many television shows, movies and music videos that show sexual images and nude pictures or use sexual language. Wherever these are permitted, the spirit behind it is being given permission to operate freely, and if it finds someone very open to it, it possesses that person and fills his mind with lustful thoughts which will then propel him or her to live a sexually immoral life.
Although this spirit might allow its victims/agents to attend church services, yet it keeps them wallowing in sexual sins, thus pulling them farther away from walking with God, knowing Him and obeying Him.
‘Their [immoral] practices will not permit them to return to their God, for the spirit of prostitution is within them and they do not know the LORD [they do not recognize, appreciate, heed or cherish Him].’ – Hosea 5:4 AMP.
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Identifying the Signs of the Spirit of Harlotry
i. Unnecessary attention. This spirit likes to draw people’s attention to itself, either through physical or mental pictures, or music lyrics with sexual content. ‘And there a woman met him, with the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart. She was loud and rebellious, her feet would not stay at home.’ – Proverbs 7:10,11
ii. Suggestive language. Vain words, flattery and sugar-coated words are also ways this spirit expresses itself in or around people’s lives. ‘So she caught him and kissed him; with an impudent face, she said to him: I have spread my bed with tapestry, colored coverings of Egyptian linen. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon. Come, let us take our fill of love until morning; Let us delight ourselves with love. With her enticing speech she caused him to yield, with her flattering lips she seduced him.’ – Proverbs 7:13,16-18, 21 NKJV.
Your Weapons of Deliverance and Victory
i. Holy living: One who is not living holy cannot successfully cast out or rid himself of this spirit. You must make up your mind and ask God to enable you to live a holy life. ‘For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness.’ – 1 Thessalonians 4:7 NKJV
ii. Purity: Sexual purity is power! Only the sexually pure can stand before God and be victorious over the enemy. ‘To the pure all things are pure…’ – Titus 1:15 NKJV
iii. Total abstinence from sexual immorality: By depending on God’s grace, avoid pre-marital and extra-marital sex etc. ‘For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality.’ – 1 Thessalonians 4:3 NKJV
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Wisdom Keys to Effectively Get Rid of a Spirit of Harlotry
1. Check up and clean up: You must clean up your life by keeping your eyes, ears and mind from sensual movies and music, naked images or pictures. Discard from your possessions anything that is sexually provoking or suggestive. Jesus is pure and holy, so if you are going to cast out demons in His name, you also have to be pure in heart and holy in conduct!
2. Bind its influence: This spirit must be bound if it is influencing you from without, but if a person is possessed by this spirit, it must be cast out. You command it in the name of Jesus, and it will hopelessly obey you.
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Angela Lowe, MS. Ed., LPC
Angela Lowe is a licensed Professional Counselor, trained Biblical Counselor and certified Holistic Health Coach. Her kingdom mandate is to restore God’s counsel to transform lives, marriages, and churches worldwide.