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← Is birth control Biblical? - Tim Conway

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Showing Revision 1 created 10/17/2017 by Carrie Spradlin.

  1. Ok, No. 4, Allen
  2. "Is birth control Biblical?
  3. I mean, if we should
    trust God in all things,
  4. isn't it kind of wrong to say,
  5. 'Hey, God, I don't want you to bless us
  6. with a kid, so we're
    going to use birth control.'
  7. I'm very confused about
    which way to go with this.
  8. My wife and I."
  9. You guys want my take on it?
  10. Here it is.
  11. This is an important
    hermeneutical principal.
  12. If you're not familiar
    with what hermeneutics is,
  13. basically it's the study
    of Biblical interpretation.
  14. You want to know about proper
  15. Biblical interpretation?
  16. And this is my take.
  17. Especially as a pastor at the church.
  18. When the Bible is dogmatic
  19. about something and gives clear examples
  20. and clear commandments
  21. and clear principles,
  22. I am going to be clear;
  23. as clear as I can be,
  24. as clear as God
    gives me grace to be.
  25. And when it's dogmatic,
    I'm going to be dogmatic.
  26. When things seem to be obscure,
  27. when things are not so clearly dealt with,
  28. then I am not going to be as dogmatic.
  29. I am going to back away.
  30. I may give some opinions;
  31. I will point out some principles
  32. to be considered
  33. where God's Word gives plain commandments,
  34. I am going to insist upon it.
  35. But where it is vague,
  36. I am not going to be overly dogmatic.
  37. And so, folks,
  38. is there a Bible verse in all the Bible
  39. that speaks clearly about birth control.
  40. There is not.
  41. Now, some people will
    argue and say there is.
  42. Let me tell you the verse that
    they typically argue from.
  43. "Judah took a wife for Er, his firstborn,
  44. and her name was Tamar.
  45. But Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked
  46. in the sight of the Lord,
  47. and the Lord put Him to death.
  48. Then Judah said to Onan,
  49. (Onan was Er's brother)
  50. Go into your brother's wife
  51. and perform the duty
    of a brother-in-law to her
  52. and raise up offspring for your brother.
  53. But Onan knew that the offspring
  54. would not be his,
  55. so whenever he went
    in to his brother's wife,
  56. he would waste the semen on the ground,
  57. so as not to give
    offspring to his brother.
  58. And what he did was
    wicked in the sight of the Lord
  59. and the Lord put him to death."
  60. So people look at that and they say,
  61. See?
  62. That's a form of birth control
  63. and God put him to death.
  64. But look,
  65. God doesn't say that the
    sin of Onan was birth control.
  66. There was a law in Israel.
  67. Listen to what the law said:
  68. Deuteronomy 25:5
  69. "If brothers dwell together
  70. and one of them dies
  71. and has no son,
  72. the wife of the dead man
  73. shall not be married outside the family
  74. to a stranger.
  75. Her husband's brother shall go in to her
  76. and take her as his wife
  77. and perform the duty
    of a husband's brother
  78. to her, and the first son whom she bears
  79. will succeed to the
    name of his dead brother
  80. that his name may
    not be blotted out of Israel."
  81. Folks, as far as birth
    control is concerned,
  82. the Bible nowhere seems to forbid it,
  83. neither does it endorse it, by the way.
  84. But that text right there is not saying
  85. that Onan committed birth control
  86. and God killed him.
  87. The problem was that Onan knew
  88. that the firstborn child
    would not be his own.
  89. It would be his brothers.
  90. That's why he didn't want to do it.
  91. God killed him because he wickedly refused
  92. to do what was a law in Israel to be done.
  93. What a brother should
    have done to another brother.
  94. But here, I want to tell you
    what the Bible does say.
  95. The Bible says that you
    are not to commit murder.
  96. Listen to me.
  97. If any member of our church
  98. uses a form of birth control
  99. that is abortive in nature
  100. and I were to find that out,
  101. and they were not to
    repent of that immediately,
  102. they would be disciplined
    out of the church promptly.
  103. If you are using any
    sort of birth control,
  104. whether it's the pill or anything else,
  105. and I suggest you do the research.
  106. If you're going to use birth control,
  107. you have the obligation
    to live righteously
  108. before the Lord.
  109. And if you're using any type that possibly
  110. is abortive in nature,
  111. and what I mean is,
  112. there's a fertilized egg
    that is being put to death,
  113. you are committing murder.
  114. And be certain of it.
  115. That is forbidden.
  116. And I can be dogmatic about that.
  117. You are not to use abortive techniques
  118. in birth control.
  119. That is totally ruled out of Scripture.
  120. What else can I tell you dogmatically?
  121. I can tell you this.
  122. Children are a heritage from the Lord.
  123. The fruit of the womb is a reward.
  124. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
  125. are the children of one's youth.
  126. Blessed is the man who
    fills his quiver with them.
  127. He shall not be put to shame
  128. when he speaks with
    his enemies in the gate.
  129. I'll tell you this,
  130. having lots of children is a blessing.
  131. And I can tell you that dogmatically.
  132. You know what else I can tell you?
  133. God opens the womb and closes the womb.
  134. And the Bible tells us that.
  135. And you that think,
  136. you're just going to control this thing,
  137. and you're going to go on birth control
  138. at this time,
  139. and then you're going
    to get off of it,
  140. and then you're going
    to have your family.
  141. Let me tell you.
  142. God opens the womb.
  143. And just because you're
    trying to structure that,
  144. don't think that it lies in
    your power to make that happen.
  145. There's no guarantees
    you're going to have a baby
  146. when you want to have a baby.
  147. And, by the way,
  148. there's no guarantee
    that the birth control
  149. that you use may not be the reason
  150. you don't have children.
  151. Because birth control can mess ladies up.
  152. But that's something that you guys
  153. would want to research as well.
  154. Some other things I can
    tell you dogmatically.
  155. God says, Be fruitful and multiply
  156. and fill the waters in the seas,
  157. and let the birds multiply on the earth.
  158. Be fruitful and multiply.
  159. Is that a forbidding of birth control?
  160. Not necessarily.
  161. No more than it's a
    forbidding of singleness.
  162. Right?
  163. Be fruitful and multiply...
  164. you might look at it and say,
  165. well then, we should be married,
  166. because you can't
    be fruitful and multiply,
  167. at least not in God's appointed means
  168. unless I'm married.
  169. And yet, we know singleness is
  170. advocated in Scripture.
  171. So that isn't necessary a
    dogmatic command either.
  172. But here's a text to
    consider on the other side.
  173. 1 Timothy 5:8
  174. "If anyone does not
    provide for his relatives,
  175. especially for the
    members of his household,
  176. he has denied the faith
  177. and is worse than an unbeliever."
  178. Is there wisdom in
    dictating and determining
  179. and planning how many
    kids you're going to have?
  180. And trying to do it in a way that
  181. you can support your family?
  182. Obviously.
  183. Supporting the family is
    a very important thing.
  184. And so, that is another consideration.
  185. Bottom line,
  186. and this is how I'm going to end this one,
  187. Romans 14:23
  188. "Whatsoever is not of faith is sin."
  189. Let me tell you this.
  190. Every one of you has a responsibility
  191. to walk before God in faith.
  192. And that means that you are living a life
  193. the way you believe God
    would have you to do it.
  194. Not the way your friend
    thinks you ought to do it.
  195. Not the way your wife's girlfriend
    thinks you ought to do it.
  196. Not the way mom and dad
    think you need to do it.
  197. Bottom line is,
  198. you all have a responsibility
    to walk before God in faith.
  199. And that means believing
    that the path you're taking
  200. is the one that is most pleasing to Him.
  201. And if you are not convinced
  202. that any form of birth control
  203. is something that would please God,
  204. then you're in sin if
    you're walking that path,
  205. when you don't think you ought to be.
  206. Folks, you need to have a clear conscience
  207. before the Lord
  208. in anything you allow.