Australia has officially been labelled a nation of whores.

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“Australia has been labelled as the most promiscuous and sexually-open country in the world.


A worldwide study looked at 45 countries’ sexual habits and gave each a Global Promiscuity Index score with Australia coming out on top.


It weighed up six factors including the number of sexual partners, rate of sexually transmitted diseases, mean age people lost their virginity and attitudes towards prostitution and premarital sex.


With all factors considered Aussies earned an impressive index score of 360.14 in front of Brazil with 340.66.” [i]

Though I wonder if whores is the right word, because though prostitution is legal in Australia, generally Australians just give it away, like the Israelites of old they scorn payment. And why do we consider whores worse that those who are promiscuous? There is no doubt the prostitution is an abhorrent and immoral profession, but the idea that promiscuity is better has always confused me.

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Even the Bible says this,

“How sick is your heart, declares the Lord God, because you did all these things, the deeds of a brazen prostitute, building your vaulted chamber at the head of every street, and making your lofty place in every square. Yet you were not like a prostitute, because you scorned payment. Adulterous wife, who receives strangers instead of her husband! Men give gifts to all prostitutes, but you gave your gifts to all your lovers, bribing them to come to you from every side with your whorings. So you were different from other women in your whorings. No one solicited you to play the whore, and you gave payment, while no payment was given to you; therefore you were different.” (Ezekiel 16:30-34)


It is not profitable to try and work out which sin is worse, because they are different manifestations of the same precise sin: fornication.


The fact that Australia is so high up on the list is another bit of evidence that our nation has been given over to its depravity and sin. Australia has long been called the lucky country, but how long can that luck last if our nation continues to reject God so thoroughly?




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Matthew Littlefield writes to think through some of the current issues facing society, the Church and whatever else comes to mind that might be interesting to process. Matt's focus is usually historical or scriptural, though he will address current issues from time to time as well. He is a co-author of The Ezekiel Declaration and the book, Defending Conscience, How Baptists reminded the Church to defy tyranny. He blogs most days at

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