FAQ

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Welcome to our newly created Frequently Asked Questions page. We will be updating this page with answers to reocurring questions. We hope this will serve as a helpful resource to you. 

Q: What is your Position on Birth Control? 

God is the creator of all life; therefore, life is sacred (Psalm 139, Job 31:15).

People are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26).

Human life begins at conception (Psalm 139:13-16), therefore any method of "birth control" that interferes with the healthy development of an embryo is wrong.

God has given mankind authority, responsibility, and stewardship to protect and defend human life (Genesis 1:26 and Exodus 20:13).

The only reference of intentionally preventing the conception of children in Scripture that we know of is in Genesis when Onan spills his seed so that he will not father a child for his dead brother. This was an example of a man who wanted pleasure without any kind of responsibility. God was greatly displeased; in fact, so displeased that God struck him dead.

We must embrace a biblical view of children. God speaks of children as the fruit of the womb, blessings, heritage, olive branches . . . It is our culture that speaks of children negatively calling them burdens or belongings. The Bible makes it clear they are gifts.

The biblical command is to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 1:28) and He does not nullify or change this command anywhere in Scripture. This is one of God's purposes for marriage.

While it is true that God does not give children to every married couple, nowhere in Scripture is there any indication that couples can choose on their own not to have children or to on their own  limit the size of their family. Though God never gives specific instruction in Scripture about the size of a family, it is assumed  that believers will seek Him and not just follow the whims of the culture.  When you know the Scriptures, you know that God is clearly pro-conception and pro-life. This is His way  .In cases of infertility, adoption should be a prayerful alternative.

We affirm what Dr. Albert Mohler has written (Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., serves as president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a theologian and ordained minister, as well as an author, speaker and host of The Briefing, a daily  radio program analyzing world events from a Christian worldview. 

“Christians must recognize that this rebellion against parenthood represents nothing less than an absolute revolt against God's design. The Scripture points to barrenness as a great curse and children as a divine gift. The Psalmist declared: 'Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; they will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.'[Psalm 127: 3-5]

The Scripture does not even envision married couples who choose not to have children. The shocking reality is that some Christians have bought into this lifestyle and claim childlessness as a legitimate option. The rise of modern contraceptives has made this technologically possible. But the fact remains that though childlessness may be made possible by the contraceptive revolution, it remains a form of rebellion against God's design and order.

Couples are not given the option of chosen childlessness in the biblical revelation. To the contrary, we are commanded to receive children with joy as God's gifts, and to raise them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. We are to find many of our deepest joys and satisfactions in the raising of children within the context of the family. Those who reject children want to have the joys of sex and marital companionship without the responsibilities of parenthood. They rely on others to produce and sustain the generations to come.”
 Read the full article here.

We believe that a biblically acceptable means of family planning as it  relates to contraception is to abstain from intimacy for a set time agreed upon by both husband and wife for the purpose of prayer as addressed in 1 Corinthians 7.  The intent of the passage is not for couples to habitually “come apart” to avoid the responsibility of having and raising children.   The purpose is for prayer, the time frame is short and mutually agreed upon.  It may be that a couple has health issues, financial concerns, living arrangements, or perhaps they are concerned about being able to properly raise more children or any number of things in their lives they are seeking God about as it relates to adding to their family.  These are all legitimate things to prayerfully consider before God when a couple thinks about contraception.

In Scripture, we see God speaking to people about the children they will have. Adam and Eve, Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Manoah's wife, Zachariah and Elizabeth, Joseph and Mary are such examples. We also see parents such as Hannah praying for children and even the elders of the city giving Boaz and Ruth a prayer for a godly heritage on their wedding day. God expects His people to reproduce, this is His way.

Malachi tells us that God wants His people to have children to raise a godly heritage.  He also says that one of the reasons He hates divorce is because of what it does to children.
 
Christians, we know, are concerned that if the wife does not use birth control pills or have her tubes tied or if the husband does not get a vasectomy, they will have 15-20 children.  Though it is true that when a couple does not practice these kinds of contraception, their family size will probably produce more than the culturally accepted standard of two children, but it is also true that  most of us will not give birth to an army.  God in His sovereignty limits our family size. He does this through the natural means of contraception called breastfeeding (though not always full proof – read Dr. Williams Sears article on this), through times of temporary abstinence within marriage according to 1 Corinthians 7, through times of ill health or emotional stress, through declining fertility as we age, and eventually through menopause. 
 
These are the principles we believe. Obviously, God’s people must form their own convictions and we do not stand as anyone’s judge regardless of their decisions in this area.  We just pray that believers will make their decisions based on truth from God and His Word, and not from the principles of the world (Romans 12:1-2).
 
One last thing - in saying all of this, we do NOT “poke around” in people’s decisions in this area, questioning them or wondering about anything regarding their family size.  It is a non-issue for us. We simply teach God’s Word as best we know it – and as people ask questions about reproduction, we share our beliefs.  Obviously we  believe that Christians are missing God’s best when they deliberately and selfishly try to  prevent conception or on the other side of the issue when they try to “force”  conception through means that violate His Word such as surrogates, frozen embryo’s, and conception outside the womb.  We do believe; however, that all life is sacred even when people violate God’s standards. 
 
We believe that just as we should be open to a bigger family size than maybe what we think we should have – so  should we accept it when He chooses not to give children.


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