“Is Birth Control Biblical?”
David M. Green

"Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. " (Psalm 127:1-5)

Our text tells us what God thinks of children.  I felt this to be a fitting text.  I want to remind you that God does not change.   Times may change, but God does not.  I have studied this subject out extensively and found it to be one topic that is very controversial. 

Birth Control was not even an issue in Baptist churches until recently.  A couple of generations ago, it was commonly seen as evil and ungodly.  Today, the opposite is true.  We have seen Satan creep into our churches in many ways and this is one of them.  I did not always believe this way, but felt convicted of the error of my ways after studying out scripture. 

"Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge." (Hebrews 13:4)

Before we go any further, I’d like to remind you what birth control was invented for.  It was created by evil men so that adultery and fornication could be practiced more easily.  In public schools they will teach you about “safe sex.”  My friends, the only “safe sex” is after marriage and only with your spouse! This is the way God intended, and mark my words, He will judge the adulterer and fornicator!

SELFISHNESS

Yet, today, many married people are using birth control of some sort or another.  Why is this?   The arguments I have heard stem from selfishness.  “We can’t afford children right now, so we will wait for a few years….”  These people are hypocrites!  They can afford their expensive TV systems, their computer equipment, nice furniture, etc.  

 Many couples (even in our own churches) are proud to be “DINKS” (Double Income, No Kids).   Where do we find THAT in the Bible?

"Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth." (Colossians 3:2)

When you start to set your affection on things above, you’ll get away from the world and you’ll begin to do things more Biblical.  You’ll understand that Psalm 127 read Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.  Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.”   As long as we are looking at worldly things, worldly ideas come into play.

"But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel." (I Timothy 5:8)

Our problem in America today is that we look at things all wrong.  Providing for our household comes first…before the “toys” of the world.  When God gives us children, we need to provide for them first.  Very seldom will you hear someone (even who claims to believe the Bible) say that they can’t afford a want.  If it comes to choosing between worldly wants and children, most men will choose their wants.

There once was a time when men looked forward to responsibility, but now they avoid it in whatever way they can. They will use excuses of how they want to wait to make themselves look good. You will hear them talk about how they want to save up for the time they decide to have children. Yet, if you look at their lifestyles and see what kinds of gadgets and toys they have, you'll learn that the real reason is that they don't want to be "inconvenienced" with a kid. (After all, why give up high speed internet for diapers???)

MULTIPLY

"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth." (Genesis 1:26-28)

When God created man, one of His commandments to him was to multiply to replenish the earth.

"And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth....And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein." (Genesis 9:1, 7)

God also repeated this commandment after Noah and his family came off of the ark. 

 There are theories floating around that are not Biblical.  Some say that the command was given to Adam and then to Noah, but nobody else.  I reject that idea because Adam could not have replenished the earth by himself, and neither could Noah.  It was given to them as representatives of the human race.  Another idea is that this commandment has been revoked.  I ask you, who revoked it?  I have not seen that God did. 

Is the earth overpopulated?  Certainly not.  From the standpoint of those living in a city, the earth looks pretty full. But if a person living in a major city were to come out West, for example, they would see a different story.  There's plenty of room for more people!

"In the multitude of people is the king's honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince." (Proverbs 14:28)

The Bible tells us that society is blessed by an increase of people.  Think about our own country.  Patrick Buchanan said in his book “The Death of the West” that historians may one day call the pill the suicide tablet of the west.  Another quote from the London Observer  in that book says, “This is the first time in history that a major indigenous population has voluntarily become a minority, rather than through war, famine or disease.”   We’re not there yet, but its getting close.   We have disobeyed God and we’d better get ready to suffer the consequence.

"I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully." (I Timothy 5:14)

From the very beginning, God created marriage so that we can raise Godly children.  Here we read of Paul (who wrote under inspiration of God) saying that younger women ought to marry and bear children!  This is New Testament stuff, folks.  God does not change!

TRUSTING GOD

"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6)

What it comes down to, no matter the argument in favor of birth control is trust.  Who do we want to trust in our life?   From the human standpoint, we’d like to just trust ourselves.   We want to be in control.  We like to think we control our own destiny.  This is pure rebellion to God.  

"And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD." (Genesis 4:1)

"And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and womenservants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife. And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee. And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver: behold, he is to thee a covering of the eyes, unto all that are with thee, and with all other: thus she was reproved. So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children. For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham's wife." (Genesis 20:17-18)

"And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken. For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him." (Genesis 21:1-2)

" And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived." (Genesis 25:21)

 I read these verses to point out that the Bible teaches that God is in control of the womb, not man.  Even the words “birth control” are not Biblical! To desire to have control of life or death is to desire to be like God.

GOOD STEWARDS

"As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."  (I Peter 4:10).

I have often heard people say that they are on birth control of some sort so that they will be “good stewards.”  This is a gross misinterpretation of God’s Word.  Being a good steward is not telling God what to give you, but it is using what He has given you wisely.

"For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 25:14-30)

Not one of the servants told the Lord how much they needed.  He just gave them what He knew they could use.   So it is supposed to be with children.   I am convinced that He will give you only the number you can handle.

BLESSINGS

"Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward" (Psalm 127:3)

Children are blessings from Almighty God. 

"Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD. The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel." (Psalm 128)

All through the Bible, you will read of children being blessings.  The Godly women of the Bible were thrilled to bear children!  Not today.  Many women see children as curses….things they do not want.  This mentality is seen in the abortion clinics, and also in so-called “Christian(?)” homes where the husband and wife have decided to pop a pill every day or practice some other form of birth control. 

 We need to realize and remember that God says children are blessings!  It would seem foolish for someone to block out all rain and sunshine because he viewed it as an inconvenience, wouldn’t it?  Don’t people today do the same thing when it comes to children?

ABSTINENCE

"The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency." (I Corinthians 7:4-5)

The Bible gives clear examples of abstinence in the Bible for married folks. We could look at others, but this will do for now. The point is that God never tells us to abstain for the reason of birth control.

IS BIRTH CONTROL IN THE BIBLE?

A good question.  To which I would answer “Yes it is.” 

"And Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, whose name was Tamar. And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD slew him. And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother's wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother. And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother. And the thing which he did displeased the LORD: wherefore he slew him also." (Genesis 38:6-10)

Onan received a commandment from the Lord.  He disobeyed.  The Lord slew him for this early form of birth control.   So, yes it is in the Bible, but no it is not Biblical!

 We have also been given a commandment from God. If we disobey, we better be ready to suffer the consequences.  Some say that as long as it isn't the pill, other forms are proper and right. Well, I disagree with that and the reason here seems enough. The pill does cause abortions, and it is not something that God's people ought to be using, but neither is the condom (for example).

CONCLUSION

There needs to be some changes made among God’s people today.   I have attempted to show that the birth control idea is not Biblical.  It does not agree with God or His Word.  Who, then, does it agree with?  The pro-choice liberals of the world.  What does the Bible say about that? 

"Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil..." (Exodus 23:2)

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