St. Paul Walks Passed the Brothal

by Steve Ray on October 23, 2018

Every time I visit Ephesus I show my tour group my favorite things in this ancient city. We are here today with 80 pilgrims. We filmed here for our Paul and Mary DVDs and have brought groups here on numerous occasions.

One of my favorite things to show people in Ephesus is the Billboard for the Brothel that is carved into a large stone on the main road. Every man getting off the ships in the harbor, would see this advertisement. Of course it is well worn with age after 2000 years, but it is still clear enough to “read.”

Men looked for these kind of ads when they arrived in a new city. Where are the prostitutes? Sure enough this billboard carved in the stone gave them directions. If you want the love (heart shape) of a pretty girl (image of pretty girl) turn left (left foot) at the next crossroad (T-shape). Sure enough, archaeologists found a two-story brothal up the road to the left. It was even connected by an underground tunnel to the library.

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Men have always been tempted by sinful lusts and passions. St. Paul and his fellowworkers had to resist the same ubiquitous temptations confronting men today. But I suspect things are a bit more subtle and insidious today. Men don’t have to step out of the door or risk the embarrassment of being seen going into a brothal in the heart of the city. Today they can watch porn in the privacy of their own home. This insidious and addicting sin can destroy a man, a marriage, a family and bring the soul down to hell.

Paul challenged the men in Corinth to avoid the prostitutes and sexual sin (1 Corinthians 6:15-16). He said to flee immorality. We have joined ourselves to Christ; how can we then join ourselves to a prostitute. Strabo wrote that at night 1,000 prostitutes descended from the Temple of Aphrodite to entice the men in the city. It was wicked then; it is wicked today. Like Paul we have to pass by the brothal, the magazine rack, the internet porn. When men win this moral victory the angels in heaven rejoice. St. Paul, pray for us!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Joseph October 10, 2008 at 10:57 PM

Amen. Amen. AMEN!!!

Kevin November 4, 2015 at 6:42 AM

Pornography has destroyed More Marriages.. Brides equate pornography to ADULTERY.

Shane O Reilly October 23, 2018 at 10:41 AM

Hey Steve, I’ve been to Ephasus myslef found that part of the tour a lit uneasy i must say but loved the garden up on the mountain where Mary lived according to the reports. I found that to be one of the most peaceful places i’ve ever been in. There was something in the air. i just had a question actually, don’t know whether you’ve seen today regarding Pope Francis’s debate been held on marriage in the priesthood??? I find it very interesting this as a posibility, also would there be any evidence for whether any of the Apostles married?? My best is probably not but not sure myself..

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