I have seen a few articles 'floating around' now. Some seem to assume that planning a family according to our own 'wisdom' is right and proper, and somehow implying that by having many children, this will stop us from being fruitful in ministry for God. Also, we should only have as many children as we can handle.
All seem to be agreed on abortifacient birth control being wrong, as it kills new life. However, we seem to have developed a very liberal approach to other birth control methods. Yes, nowhere does the bible condemn these birthcontrol as they weren't even invented then! This is a 'grey' area and not easy to navigate. However, The Book of Genesis references withdrawal, or coitus interruptus, as a method of contraception when Onan "spills his seed" (ejaculates) on the ground so as to not father a child with his deceased brother's wife Tamar.'' 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.'' Gen 38:9 Maybe the extreme end, but a lesson, nevertheless.
The idea of birthcontrol was widely condemned within the Christian community until round about the 1930's. Ironically, with the introduction of mass birth control came mass abortion on demand, which the Bible clearly says is murder.
Here are some quotes from Margaret Sanger, to illustrate my point that birth control was intended to be destructive;
"Birth control appeals to the advanced radical because it is calculated to undermine the authority of the Christian churches. I look forward to seeing humanity free some day of the tyranny of Christianity no less than Capitalism."
"Birth Control which has been criticized as negative and destructive, is really the greatest and most truly eugenic method, and its adoption as part of the program of Eugenics would immediately give a concrete and realistic power to that science... as the most constructive and necessary of the means to racial health."
"The most merciful thing a large family can do to one of its infant members is to kill it."
Why such a push for birth control for all? Well, in the UK it was worries about so called 'over population'. The UN now says that access to birthcontrol is a human right, and that aid can be withdrawn from countries denying this!
So many Christians seem to believe that birth control is a blessing, however, when you think about the people pushing it, and the results now. Think of the increase in fornication, and so called 'safe sex'. Children as young as 11 are being fooled into risky sexual liasons, damaging them both physically, and mentally. Remember the main reason for birth control being that ''the earth cannot sustain so many'' As Christians God has promised to provide for food, shelter, and clothing, and it doesn't come with an 'unless you are irresponsible enough to have 20 children' warning!! Jesus had many in his family, maybe as many as 10. It was always a blessing to have a large family, so it is a positive thing, not something to be ashamed of. It nowhere ever in the Bible states lots of children as a negative. It is not presumptuous to not use birth control, it is normal, and natural. The Puritans would excommunicate people for the use of preventing birth. I think that is a bit extreme, but it shows how they valued life.
When we get married, it is not something to be taken lightly, something to be prayerful, and sincere over. Too often our fleshly side can dictate what we think is right, and sensible. How little faith we have! I sometimes forget the Lord can work miracles, and often look for an earthly, and wordly response to a problem, whatever area of our lives it is in! I too have to keep reminding myself, ''don't rationalise, but allow the Lord to lead, and don't try to be the pilot.''
No, it isn't easy raising ten children, but I can tell you this, the blessings have far outweighed any difficulties, or discomforts I might have had! I have been able to handle far more than I ever dreamed possible in the Lord's strength. Don't be afraid to go against the flow. I am not condemning anyone, rather encouraging them to grasp hold of what the Lord is saying to them and their family. Embrace children in a positive sense. That includes those who are negative to other people's children. Children are a blessing, the future church. They are to be celebrated, not seen as a burden. Stop looking for criticisms. We have such a low view of the family and children in these days.
Of course, secularists would love to destroy the family. Already we are seeing that in the way that the laws are going. The devil comes to steal and destroy. Don't be part of that!