Flirty Fishing (FFing) was a form of religious prostitution
practiced by the Children
of God/The Family cult from 1974 until it was officially discontinued in 1987 (due, in part, to the AIDS scare). Its etymology can be traced to Matthew
4:19 where Jesus says "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."
Flirty Fishing was a subset of The Family's love bombing
activities and involved the use of sexual attraction and intercourse
to win converts and favors. Female members were told to be "God's whores" and "hookers for Jesus", and soon after its launch as a method of witnessing, sex was given to complete
strangers in combination with a request for a "donation", or for a required fee in line with Escort Servicing (ESing) or freelance ESing. FFing and prostitution
was widely used as a way to raise money for the cult and resulted in many of the second generation births (known as "Jesus Babies"). Internal Family records from 1988 indicate that over 223,000 "fish" were loved sexually between 1978 and 1988
Q: "What is Flirty Fishing" Many of you asked for a definition
and what should be reported as actual FF'ing.
A: We would like to answer that FF'ing is going out
witnessing the love of Jesus with the serious intent to use sex or sex appeal
as the bait, regardless of the situation
or place. This can be anywhere!–On the street, in a park, while going to the local store, in discotheques or in clubs!
Q: Does "Loved Sexually" also include kissing
and light petting
A: We suggest you only include masturbation
, sucking and actual intercourse
in the figures
of fish, mate, brother
or sister loved sexually. It's all, or nothing
at all! Hallelujah!