5 Questions Every Christian Should Ask About Birth Control

24 07 2011

“for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” (Romans 14:23b)

     In the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s it was a given that Christians, well at least 95% of them were against birth control. In the 1960’s as social change swept the country and secular society grew more and more immoral the church fell into a trap. The trap was trying to be more like the world in order to attract people to the church. This continued into the 70’s and 80’s. By the 1990’s the church as it was, began to disappear completely. Today the church and the world are hard to distinguish. Hair styles, dress styles, music etc. all of it centered around making Jesus look “hip, cool, and relevant.” You could say we have given Jesus a makeover in the modern church. Our sermons are now about making life better and more satisfying, heathen philosophy has in large measure replaced Gospel instruction.

     Today the issue of birth control has done a complete turn around. Now 95% of Christians use birth control, and a mere 5% oppose it. When you bring up the issue it causes anger and argument. Why have we made such a drastic change in our beliefs about this subject? Is it truly an amoral subject, or have we been so accustomed to the world that we have adopted their practices in the church? I want to put forward 5 questions every professing Christian needs to stop and ask themselves before using birth control.

Question 1: Who creates life?

     Does God create human life or is it simply natural biological processes that create it. Does God play an active role or does He simply give it a soul when the processes form a pregnany? This question is paramount especially since birth control is intended to keep from getting pregnant you have to ask am I simply stopping a biological process kind of like taking Advil to stop a headache or am I putting up a roadblock to a work and intention of God? I always picture taking the pill as a way of shaking your fist at God and saying….”If your gonna give me a baby then your gonna have to work harder at it!” 

     What saith the Scripture? In Genesis 4:1 Eve said concerning the birth of her son Cain “I have gotten a man FROM THE LORD.” In Genesis 4:25, Eve said concerning the birth of her son Seth that God APPOINTED her another seed. In Genesis 16:2, Sarah the wife of Abraham said the Lord had restrained her from bearing a child. In Genesis 18:13-14 when they doubted that they could have a child past child bearing age(when the “natural processes” have stopped) the question was asked “is anything too hard for God?” In Genesis 20:17-18 Scripture said that God closed the wombs of the wives and maidservants of King Abimelech because of Sarah, but when Abraham prayed God opened them again.

     In Genesis 29:31-32, it says that God opened Leah’s womb when He saw she was hated. When Rachel became envious of her sister she demanded that Jacob give her children and Jacob responded by saying in Genesis 30:1-2, “Am I in God’s stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?” In Genesis 30:17, when Leah saw that she was not concieving it says God hearkened to her and she concieved again. We are told again in Genesis 30:22, “And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb.” In 1 Samuel 1 we see Hannah. In verse 5 it says the Lord had shut her womb, in verse 10 she prayed to the Lord wanting a child, and in verse 20 she had a child and said, “Because I have asked him of the LORD.”

     John 1:7, 13 tells of the parents of John the Baptist. It says his mother was barren(unable to conceive) and too old as well but the Lord gave them a son. There is also the greatest example of God’s control over the womb in the life of Mary the mother of Jesus. So we need to ask “where do babies come from” so to speak. If it’s just a natural process that God is not active in then ok, sure, put it off but if He is the one that puts it there should we put up barriers to His sovereign will?

Question 2: Does God make mistakes?

     I think it’s a fair question to ask. Does God not know my financial situation, or my marital situation? When 12 year old girls get pregnant is God off on some vacation? When a raped woman gets pregnant is God inactive in her life? The biggest reason to use birth control is “I’m just not in a position for it right now.” Does God not know your situation as well as you do? The problem is often not that our financial situation is bad but that we are selfish and want to maintain our lifestyle a certain way. In Matthew 6:25-34, we are told not to worry about our everyday life and that if God clothes the grass of the field He will clothe us as well. God knows what we need before we even ask for it. Why would we doubt that He would take care of us? Do we believe He would give us a child and not the means to care for it so that we become homeless? It’s strange how we say Is God sovereign…yes! Is God perfect….yes! Does God make mistakes….no! Does God create life….yes! Why do you use birth control….because it’s not the right time to have a baby??????? It is absolute hypocrisy! If you believe God creates life then ask the next logical question….does He make mistakes?

Question 3: Is God unable to provide for me?

     We all say that “God provides” and “we live by faith” but is that true in a real sense or is it simply a slogan we like to say because it sounds good? God has already promised to care for us in Matthew 6, in fact we can take it as a promise that if we seek first His kingdom the necessary things will be given to us. There are numerous examples of those who trusted in God with no prospect for a living and never went without. George Mueller of Bristol was one. Over his ministry thousands of orphans were under his care and millions of dollars came through his ministry all while not revealing his needs to anyone but God. Hudson Taylor had the same testimony. Often money came in to him without his even knowing the donors or how they heard about his ministry.

     In Matthew 6:25 Jesus says to take no thought for our life interms of what we eat, and drink, and wear because life is more than these things. In the next verse He says that it’s God who feeds the birds and that they don’t store up for the next day. In verse 28-30 He points out that Solomon in all his glory was not as beautifully dressed as the lillies of the field and if God clothes the grass which is going to be destroyed will He not also take care of you and ends that verse 30 by saying apprprietly, “O ye of little faith.”

     For a Christian the excuse “well we are in no position to have kids” has no place. Jesus gave a straight forward command, “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Matthew 6:31-34. If a Christian does not feel they can handle more kids they need to remember our Father opens and closes the womb. They can ask Him to withhold children and then ask Him for children. If He still gives them then as the old TV show said, “Father knows best.”

Question 4: Is their Scriptural basis for what I’m doing?

    This should be the primary question any Christian asks about anything we do. There is ample evidence in Scripture that God controls the womb, and creates life, and that He is sovereign. The next question would be, is there Scripture that allows us to decide when life begins and when we want children, and when it’s ok to put up a road block to God’s sovereignty and impose our own will? Of course we will find there is none. Just because medical science has stepped into God’s arena does not make it acceptable for Christians to follow. We need to heed the admonition, “Now the just shall live by faith.” Hebrews 10:38a

Question 5: What would Jesus Do?

     In recent years this “slogan”has been greatly abused but in this situation it is an important question. Scripture answers this question for us. 1 Peter 2:23 says of Jesus, “Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously.” He committed Himself to God who has right judgement. Do you believe God knows when you need to have a baby then commit yourself to Him and believe that your Heavenly Father would do you NO wrong. Psalm 127:3 says, “Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” Can you imagine God trying to give you a reward and you said, “nope, no thanks I’m not ready and it’s obvious you don’t understand this but I simply can’t afford it.” Verse 5 says we are blessed to have many children and those who do will not be ashamed. Would Jesus try to tell God when to do something? Would He try to make God live by His will? The answer of course in no.

     These are all very important questions that we need to stop and ask ourselves. We are told to live by faith, and not to walk by sight. We are told to trust in the Lord, and submit to Him and we say we do until this issue comes up and then we turn to the heathen’s philosophies. There is no Scriptural justification to the use of birth control of any kind. I am not just talking about chemical but also barrier birth control, or abstaining from relations to avoid pregnancy. Even the so called “natural birth control” has at it’s very core an attitude of un-faith. Please ask each of these questions before you take birth control and I think if Christians answered them honestly we would be able to say like in days of old that 95% of Christians oppose birth control.

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