Christian morals



4. Is it lawful for husband and wife to practice birth control in order not to have any children or too many children?




No, it is not lawful for husband and wife to practice birth control either for the former or for the latter reason, because God gave this command to the first man and the first woman: “Be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth ….” (Genesis 1:28 – NKJV), and the Word of God states that the woman “shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety” (1 Timothy 2:15). To bear children, therefore, is a divine command that must be kept by husband and wife. Obviously it is God who determines the number of children a couple must have.

The Word of God does not discourage couples from having children or having many children, rather it speaks well of those who have children as well as of those who have many children. Here is what we read in the book of Psalms: “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 127:3-5). Those who have many children, therefore, are happy; they are not accursed or unfortunate or stupid or brute beasts, I say this because today there are many people who say such things about those who have many children.

I want you to know that when a wife becomes pregnant that means that she was visited by God for the Scripture says that the Lord visited Sarah as He had said and she became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham (Genesis 21:1-2). Therefore, no matter whether one’s wife has become pregnant with her first child or with her tenth child, the conception must be welcomed with joy because it comes from God. Let us rejoice in the Lord, then, when we see families increase in number like flocks, and let us not speak empty words as many people do, whose minds have been blinded by the devil, who deceives the whole world.