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
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!