Should the Church Combat Sex Slavery and Human Trafficking?

For many years the evangelical church responded to the liberal social gospel by avoiding any involvement in social ministries.  Today, more churches are realizing that the Church “threw the baby out with the bath water” when she did that.

God’s Word teaches us that He is a God blesses those who seek justice (Ps. 34:15; 106:3; 112:5; Prov. 14:31; Eccl. 8:12; Jer. 22:13-17).  Furthermore, God loves justice and hates injustice (Ps. 5:4; 11:5-7; 33:5; 99:4; Isa. 61:8; Amos 5:7, 10-12, 15, 21-24; Mal 2:16-17).

God is also a God of compassion who responds to the cries of the oppressed (Ex. 22:23-27; Ps. 9:12; 10:14, 17-18; 34:6, 18; 116:5; 145:8-9; Isa. 30:18; Hos. 14:3; Mark 1:41; John 11:35; Jas. 4:4, 11).

God calls believers to respond to injustice (Psalm 72:1-2, 4; 82:3-4; Pr. 24:11; 29:7; 31:8-9; Isa. 1:17; 56:1; 58:3, 6-10;Matt. 7:12; 25:35-40; Luke 6:36; 2 Cor. 7:11; Heb. 13:3; Jas. 1:27)

A special thanks to Evangelical Covenant Church and their Digging Deeper Study.  This study may be accessed at

David Selvey<
David is the pastor of global outreach at Faith Church and the executive director of Faith Global Missions. He serves as a counselor in Faith Biblical Counseling Ministry and teaches in and plans international conferences. David has served as a missionary and worked as a small business owner. He and his wife, Kathy, have lived in Indiana since 1995 and have been members of Faith Church since 1996.