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As little children of Mashiach (Christ) we ought to be the experts on life. We ought to find the most joy in it. Care for it. Revel in it. Make real life sacrifices for it because it is sacred. Yet as is so many cases for those who call themselves the Body of Messiah, the reality is far different. Some would say even the opposite. For what was founded on life, and intricate care for life, and the perfect cause of life, and the ultimate sacrifice for it has turned into a Body which thoroughly rejects it. We have become the friends of death.
I say this, because of the near-total embrace of anti-fertility practices, namely contraception, by the Kallah (Bride) of Christ herself. Not everyone knows it, but this rejection of children and war against fertility is a NEW embrace by the Church. From the onset and at the earliest documented time, the Church Fathers rejected contraception and strictly prohibited it as immoral. To use contraception was to treat one’s wife like a whore. You can find it prohibited down through the centuries as immoral, and even prohibited by the major Protestant groups for the first four hundred years of Protestantism. It was not until 1930, in fact, at the Lambeth Conference in England, that any church ever officially found reasons that contraception might be acceptable. This was the Anglican Church, and without even reading much on the subject anyone with common sense can pretty much guess what followed. The churches continued further down the path, endorsed more reasons why contraception might be acceptable, and eventually all large bodies except the Roman Catholic Church accepted contraception.
The purpose of this page then, in the Holiness of the Bride, is to provide you some resources to show why Church doctrine has always been correct, and why this war on fertility through contraception is sinful and destructive. I can only pray that it offers enough to at least encourage, provoke, inspire a few who use contraception to leave it behind forever. I also pray for a true turnaround in the Body of Messiah. I pray we accept the gift of children which our Father gives us and end this rejection of life. The Lord has called us His body. We are making it sterile.
The use of contraception, after all, violates biblical principles, it violates natural law (at the very minimum in medicating a healthy person), and it furthermore replaces the full and fruitful love that a husband and wife are to have with each other with an arrangement to use one another, a use well below our human dignity much less the love of our Savior. Not only that, but the introduction of contraception into our culture was a true weapon of destruction in the amount that it facilitated evil and death. Contraception helped increase promiscuity, adultery, divorce and abortion and when you come to really think about it, that kind of makes sense. What you’re doing when you tell people they can contracept easily and without shame, is that the act of intercourse is one without consequences, a terrible illusion if there ever was one. How do you expect those millions of souls so convinced to act?
Moreover, the war against fertility is most clearly a war against life in the link we see between contraception and abortion. And let’s not stop and argue here. It would be fruitless. If an entire nation believes that a child is a problem, something to be avoided at sometimes great costs, will that same nation desire those children when they finally come along? I don’t think so. It is true there are people who would seek to destroy fertility and would also refuse to have an abortion, but there are millions more who, once swayed that a child was a mistake, an error, something like a disease would follow through with that attitude and eradicate the child which God gives them. Contraception not only helped to increase abortion rates in our nation, but also helped to facilitate abortion’s legalization in 1973. In fact the very same reasoning about the right to privacy that was used in legalizing child-murder had been used less than ten years earlier in legalizing its predecessor, contraception. These two monsters are both logical and legal partners.
If that weren’t nightmarish enough, this love affair which the Bride is having with contraception is manifested most darkly in the fact that the most popular kinds of contraception are abortifacient in nature. They are designed not only to avoid the fertilization of the egg, but also to thin the lining of the uterus, so that the child of only a few days or a few weeks, simply starves to death in the presumed safety of his mother’s womb. This is what the Church is putting into its body. This is what the Bride has been compulsively in love with for decades. Should we be surprised at the state we’re in?
I can imagine a Christian pastor, standing at the pulpit, looking out over his flock, giving a sermon. He knows all the while that most of the females out there have turned their bodies into death factories. I imagine that bleak pastor looking over his flock as a man looking over his own hometown, which has been utterly destroyed by an enemy. I imagine him as the Japanese Emperor Taisho, as he looked out over a demolished Tokyo turned to rubble in 1923 by the earthquake and the fires that followed. I imagine him as the surviving child who stood atop a hill and gazed on an annihilated Warsaw which the Nazis destroyed block by block in their retreat. That pastor is to stand watch over his city, but that city has been turned nearly to dust. What does that man say or do? What can he say or do? The perpetrator is seated before him.
Many people will burn hot at these comments, I know. But which comment above is not true? And if the comments above are true, then whom should we burn hot at? Shouldn’t it be ourselves? Shouldn’t it be the guilty party? And if we are guilty, we’ve got to stop. I only say all of this to speak to the heart and I sincerely pray for a repentance in the Church. A great repentance. My heart goes out to all of those pro-lifers who desperately want to end the child killing that goes on legally in our nation. But I also weep for them. Because they are not going to make more than a small difference against abortion, as long as our attitudes towards children and fertility stay the same. If we are a contracepted Bride, we are a Bride at war with life itself. At war with the gift the perfect God of life Himself gave us. This is not a people which is going to end abortion. We would have made sure Messiah was never born at all!
You know however hard I make it sound here, the point of this homily is not to rub anyone’s nose in it nor to discourage anyone in their faith. This homily and this whole page is to present the problem, and also remind that there IS a way out. That way is the union of the woman and the man. A way so beautiful, that the work of God’s own Son reflects the ancient Jewish wedding. A way so magnificent that the very union in marriage and children reflects the nature of God Himself. In fact the sacrifice of the Savior is so deeply rooted in truth that He gave Himself in a model of the Jewish sacrifice at Passover, the table, the meal, the home, the Father who is priest at the time of deliverance. God’s very picture of salvation is also the picture of the way OUT of this wasteland we’ve led ourselves into. That is a picture of the home. Of children. Of sacrifice. These shall be the waters of life for us. There shall be life from the dead.
In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light has shined in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:4-5)
To the Restoration of the Bride:
6 Reasons Why Contraception is Sinful This concise article provides some but not all of the reasons contraception is wrong.
Humanae Vitae (1968) Perhaps the most important document of the 20th Century, and a prophetic work.
Casti Connubii (1930) On Christian Marriage…yes Christians had marriage once.
A good reverend speaks the truth
Why Do Christians use Birth Control? Randall Terry, pro-life activist, arrested more than 40 times, knows the truth about contraception.
Michael Voris of RealCatholicTV ‘In some critical respects abortion is of the same character as the decision to use contraception. For two decades of economic and social developments, people have organized intimate relationships and made choices that define their views of themselves and their places in society, in reliance on the availability of abortion in the event that contraception should fail.’
QuiverFull The small resistance movement among non-Catholics. They are also anti-NFP.
An Excellent Lecture by an Eastern Orthodox Christian When Humanae Vitae was issued by the Pope Paul VI to reaffirm the Catholic stance against contraception, the Ecumenical Patriarch of the Orthodox Church embraced it “wholeheartedly.” Since then, many Orthodox have wobbled and gone Protestant on this issue. This speaker has not.
Why to Stop Using Contraception This is an essay I originally wrote for a pro-life group. It points out how anti-life contraception is, and details the main reasons we can know it is wrong.
Articles Detailing the Harms of Contraception
Contraception and Abortion — This article reviews a recent study from Spain revealing a strong link between between a drastic rise in contraceptive use and a near doubling of the abortion rate.
Most Contraceptives ARE Abortifacients — The birth control pill, ellaOne, Plan B, IUD, NuvaRing, Yaz and Ysamin, Minipill, the Patch, Depo-Provera are ALL designed to be death chambers for your little one.
Just a Few of Contraception’s Toxic Results — This articles brings up the powerful link between contraception and divorce, along with serious mental problems. Could it really be that sinning and violating natural law have BAD consequences??? Unless you want to claim all the connections as mere coincidence, it seems that they do.
Contraception and Divorce — The divorce rate of the average American couple now is about 50%. The divorce rate of the average American couple using Natural Family Planning instead of contraception is under 5%. It’s time to get off the contraception.
Contraception and Families — Godly behavior holds families together, using contraception destroys them. This article details the link between contraception and divorce in the USA, as well as the great success of families that use Natural Family Planning. It goes on to reveal the destructive effects that contraception has on important attitudes and behaviors.
Contraception and Truth — No, the war on fertility does not reduce abortions, unwanted pregnancies or STDs. It just provides the illusion we can live our hedonistic fantasies, free of the obvious consequences.
The Real Battle — This powerful article points out the obvious connections between contraception and abortion: “Only a titanic shift in the predominantly promiscuous and amoral attitudes….will end the genocide of innocent human beings through abortion. Such a shift will not gain traction until contraception is recognized as a deadly cancer in human relationships and labeled as a great destroyer of peace.”
Meet the Future — The Duggars have 19 children at the moment. Their website includes some excellent advice and testimonies about raising so many of God’s blessings, along with other family and godly resources. Thanks to Adonai, the future is truly theirs.
The Bessmer Family — This is an article about the Bessmer family, who currently have 16 children. They work hard, work together and have the help of some backyard hens. As the mom puts it, “you’re never lonely.”
Large Families on Purpose — This ironically-named website run by the Shupe family doesn’t just offer advice on managing large families, but also in many other areas, including homeschooling and modesty.
Natural Family Planning, the ethical alternative to contraception
Learn About NFP — This is a good website for learning what NFP is and how to use it. As mentioned above, it is the ethical alternative to contraception, but I must also note, that is ONLY if there is strong and compelling reason to avoid pregnancy. Otherwise, a larger family is both norm and ideal.
Cycle Beads — This is one highly effective method of Natural Family Planning. It comes with a free trial and connects to your smart phone.