Is A Prison Ministry Scriptural?

(Is A Prison Ministry Scriptural?) Question and Answer.

Question:

“I help in the prison ministry at our church: sending Bible studies, grading papers, answering letters, etc. I feel there is a special need for this kind of work. My husband disagrees. He argues that a prison ministry is an unscriptural work for which there is no authority (and that women should not be involved in any way). Is he right?”

Answer:

I cannot imagine on what basis anyone could argue that a prison ministry is not authorized by the Lord. When He described the coming judgment in Matthew chapter 25, Jesus revealed that He would say to the righteous, “Come, you who are blessed of My Father . . . I was in prison, and you came to Me . . . Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.” (Matthew 25:34, 36, 40 – New American Standard Bible)

Paul and Silas were thrown into prison (Acts 16). And they certainly shared their faith (and the Gospel) while there. People who are lost need the gospel of Christ. Some of those lost people are in prison and they need the Lord.

Women can certainly be involved in preaching the gospel (as long as they do not violate the restrictions which God placed on them – 1 Corinthians 14:34; 1 Timothy 2:11, 12). Remember Priscilla was involved in teaching Apollos (Acts 18).

To send Bible courses to prisoners, grade their responses (by the Bible) and answer their questions is a noble work for Christ. If you are getting the gospel to people who need it, you are doing the Lord’s work. Keep it up!

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