Although I do believe this is a secondary issue next to the gospel which is primary, I also believe this topic is not being addressed enough or at all in the home or at church which is very sad. How and when we grow our family is a very important issue. Growing up in a Christian family it was never discussed, nor was is discussed in our church. Having already talk to my parents about this, I now know the reason it was not discussed in our home....... It was never discussed in their home nor their churches. Generation to generation of not discussing.
There are Primary Physicians and then there are Specialist, they both are very important to the body. I believe Lawn Gospel is a Specialist. Not to be misunderstood though......if we do call ourselves Christian then we all need to specialize in the gospel.
He (Lawn Gospel) recently posted this and I thought it was well stated. I keep telling him I am waiting for his book to come out.
- 1) I affirm that God is the author and creator of Life, that no child is conceived apart from His active work in sovereignly creating a body and soul at the instance of conception. (Psalm 139)
- I deny that conception is the mere biological by-product of human sexual intercourse.
- 2) I affirm that the Bible teaches that fruitful sex within marriage is a good thing. I further affirm that certain texts teach that children are a heritage from the Lord, and that the fruit of the womb is a reward. (Psalm 127)
- I deny that the Bible teaches that children are only sometimes a reward, but are other times predominantly burdensome or inconvenient. I further deny that the Bible teaches an idea of sex that is intentionally barren.
- 3) I affirm that everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving. (1 Timothy 4)
- I deny that context determines the goodness of a gift of God, and that context determines if such a gift can or should be rejected.
- 4) I affirm that God is sovereign over all things, including conception.
- I deny that God’s sovereignty removes our responsibility to act in accordance with his will and not contrary to it. I further deny the hyper-calvinistic assertion that “if God wanted us to get pregnant, he would find a way around our birth control”.
- 5) I affirm that the Bible teaches Christians to be both wise planners and faithful stewards.
- I deny that the idea of “family planning” is a biblical concept. I further deny that the rejection of a gift can be considered faithful stewardship.
- 6) I affirm that God has given to mankind the gift of medicine.
- I deny that birth control is a proper and biblical use of medicine, if medicine is to prevent and treat disease, since that would imply and respond to pregnancy as a disease rather than a naturally healthy state.
- 7) I affirm that it can be considered “normal” for married couples to conceive.
- I deny that such an idea of “normal” gives us license to presume upon the blessings and gift of God in children, and see no difference in declaring that we will go into such and such a city, and buy and sell and make a profit. (James 4)
- 8 ) I affirm the fact that the Bible is not solely a list of prohibitions, but is rather a historical-redemptive revelation of Jesus Christ complete with mandates, commands, examples, precedents, prohibitions, counsel, etc.
- I deny that the absence of a direct prohibition in Scripture is equal to acceptance or condoning of the use of contraception, especially in light of the many related mandates, commands, examples, precedents, counsel, etc.
- 9) I affirm that there are philosophical and historical links between contraception and abortion – both in the West and in human history in general.
- I deny that contraception and abortion are vitally linked to the point that they can not be helpfully separated for the sake of conversation. I further deny that individuals who agree with contraception are necessarily in agreement with the philosophical and historical links to abortion.
- 10) Finally, I affirm that a sinner is justified by faith alone in Jesus Christ, apart from works.
- I deny that because contraception is not a “gospel issue” that its morality is therefore outside the bounds of serious Christian conversation, conviction, and consideration.