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“Christianity Today” Claims That Contraception Saves Lives and Attempts To Paint Margaret Sanger In a Good Light. My Response To This Ludicrous Article.

I am writing this blog in response to an outrageous and totally reckless article in Christianity Today entitled: Contraception Saves Lives. I would expect this from RH Reality Check or some other pro-abortion publication, but not from Christianity Today. But then again, the general state of Christianity today is not exactly, well, Christian. 

There are so many things wrong with this article, and I could probably write 10 pages in response. I think most people who read my blog regularly have a grasp on who Margaret Sanger was and why we can never look to her as a great example. If you want a glimpse into who she was, here are just a few of her quotes: 

On blacks, immigrants and indigents:
“…human weeds,’ ‘reckless breeders,’ ‘spawning… human beings who never should have been born.”  Margaret Sanger, Pivot of Civilization, referring to immigrants and poor people.

On sterilization & racial purification:
Sanger believed that, for the purpose of racial “purification,” couples should be rewarded who chose sterilization. Birth Control in America, The Career of Margaret Sanger, by David Kennedy, p. 117, quoting a 1923 Sanger speech.

On the right of married couples to bear children:
Couples should be required to submit applications to have a child, she wrote in her “Plan for Peace.” Birth Control Review, April 1932

On the purpose of birth control:
The purpose in promoting birth control was “to create a race of thoroughbreds,” she wrote in the Birth Control Review, Nov. 1921 (p. 2)

 You can read more here: http://www.dianedew.com/sanger.htm

This article claims, “a single leading cause of maternal mortality globally is complication from unsafe abortion.” The problem is that we are not seeing what this claim is actually saying. Let’s reword this without the whitewashing: “a single leading cause of maternal mortality globally is complications from mothers attempting to kill their pre-born child.” Abortion is NEVER safe for the child who is killed and is also very dangerous for the woman who is having her child killed.

Greater access to birth control and contraception is what opened the flood gates to abortion in the first place. The simple fact is that all forms of chemical birth control can cause an abortion. The pill has a back up mechanism that thins the lining of the uterus in case of fertilization that causes the baby to be rejected from implanting in the uterine wall.

The three mechanisms of the pill are:

1.      Inhibiting ovulation (the primary mechanism),

2.      Thickening the cervical mucus, thereby making it more difficult for sperm to travel to the egg, and

3.      Thinning and shriveling the lining of the uterus to the point that it is unable or less able to facilitate the implantation of the newly fertilized egg.

The first two mechanisms are contraceptive. The third is abortive.

Read more about how the birth control pill can cause abortion at: http://www.epm.org/resources/2010/Feb/17/short-condensation-does-birth-control-pill-cause-a/#ixzz3UBbqekzW

Beyond that, what is contraception? It is taking God out of the marriage bed.

Psalm 127:

1 Unless the Lord builds the house,

the builders labor in vain.

Unless the Lord watches over the city,

the guards stand watch in vain.

2 In vain you rise early

and stay up late,

toiling for food to eat—

for he grants sleep to[a] those he loves.

3 Children are a heritage from the Lord,

offspring a reward from him.

4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior

are children born in one’s youth.

5 Blessed is the man

whose quiver is full of them.

They will not be put to shame

when they contend with their opponents in court.

Sex is a gift from God for both unitive and procreative purposes between a husband and wife in the bond of marriage. Anything outside of the God-given reasons is a manipulation and distortion of sex and is sinful. Contraception robs the sex act of the procreative aspect and takes God out of the marriage bed. It says that we don’t trust God and His wisdom in building our house. Contraception actually objectifies your partner and turns them into nothing more than an object for your selfish pleasure. When we are not open to God and His blessings, we are making ourselves our own god. 

If God is the creator of every single human person, no person was created outside of God’s will.  Using contraception is a deliberate attempt to go against God’s will. Using contraception is NOT allowing God to build the house. It is not possible to have more children than God wants you to have if He creates every child and “builds the house”, as Psalm 127 says.

Contraception does not save lives; it destroys lives both physically and spiritually. 

12 Comments

  1. Jeannie Raddell
    Posted March 12, 2015 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    Great article Bryan!
    It was nice to meet you at the Cleveland right to life Convention
    Jeannie Raddell
    (Tom Raddell’s wife)

  2. Gwyn Eppard
    Posted March 12, 2015 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for responding to this article Bryan. I am grieved that Christianity Today would publish this nonsense. It breaks my heart that the Protestant Church still has not connected the dots to see how a culture that embraced Margaret Sanger’s birth control movement has led us to where we are now – A culture that has devalues human life and has slain over 50 million preborn children. If Judgement begins with the household of God – where will it end? They really should change the name of their magazine to “Christianity Yesterday”

  3. charles stiebing
    Posted March 13, 2015 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    unfortunately, most Christians allow accept and practice contraception. most would be shocked to learn that contraception is the source of the problems in their life. contraception destroys individuals, marriages and often aborts the unborn child. a society that aborts its children has no future.

  4. shelly Krahn
    Posted March 13, 2015 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    As a mother of six and one who had Psalm 127 as a verse in my wedding, I was completely ‘for’ having chidren. Then well, my past caught up with me, the fact that I did not have a mother but a series of stepmothers, an alcoholic father and a pretty wild pre-Chrisitan past, left me a screaming, sometimes violent mom. Even though I had had a dramatic conversion to Christianity AND my husband and I were tentmaker missionaries. We were living in a small apartment without any good prospects for a different living arrangement, in a foreign country when the sixth came along and I really thought I was going nuts. I understood when I heard about a woman (from a strick legalistic church background) who drown her 5 chilldren one day, that that could actually be me! Long story short, God lead me to have my tubes tied! Against my husbands desire and the elders in my church. My husband would never admit it, but he was relleived too. Sometimes people like you push agendas like this when you have no idea of the consequences it has for some people. You have to have as many kids as humanly possible or else you don’t love God, sort of thing. God is love, and yes, He loves children and the unborn, but He loves the mom too! While many people choose not to have children for selfish reasons, I do not belleive your approach is right either. God is just not so narrow.

    • Denny
      Posted March 13, 2015 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

      Shelly, Christ’s church does NOT teach anyone to “have as many kids as humanly possible”. In fact, if the husband and wife have serious reasons (the state of one’s mental health could certainly be a serious reason) to not pursue children at a particular time, the church teaches that it is morally permissible to avoid the pro-creative act during those serious times. NFP, natural family planning, helps with this. The church also teaches that the sexual act is both unitive (love-giving) and procreative (life-giving), and to purposely engage in the marital act in a deliberate rejection of either aspect attempts to reduce the other person as an object of desire. Contraception intentionally closes the sexual act to the gift of life.

    • MaryS
      Posted March 13, 2015 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

      “You have to have as many kids as humanly possible or else you don’t love God…” ?? No, that’s not what the Church teaches! Never has, never will. Please look into NFP – tinyurl.com/nfpresources – to learn how to work together with God’s beautiful design of the human body. Contraceptives are harmful, and sterilization is – quite literally – mutilation: breaking something that’s working just fine. Neither of these are good for you or for your marriage or for society. NFP is free and healthy and doesn’t break anything, and it allows you to limit the number of children you have.

    • Christine
      Posted March 15, 2015 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

      Shelly, there have been pregnancies associated with tubal ligation. And you are wrong when you say, “you people, pushing an agenda”. The only real agendas out there are for sterilization, contraception, and abortion, because they are the profitable ones. No one makes money with NFP: no doctors, no pharmacies, no pharmaceutical companies. If used with the intention to postpone and following guidelines, NFP is extremely effective. That said, it seems you didn’t have the support or guidance needed and that is sad. It is still important for people to understand how and why contraception is not God’s plan for marriage.

  5. Anne Reed
    Posted March 13, 2015 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    I’m shocked that the editor9s) of Christianity Today would by. They are either extremely irresponsible or totally ignorant — or both.

    • Anne Reed
      Posted March 13, 2015 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

      I’m shocked that the editor(s) of Christianity Today would let this go out. They are either extremely irresponsible or totally ignorant — or both.

  6. Posted March 14, 2015 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Most Christians who use the Pill and other forms of contraception, including sterilization have been denied the power of knowing their God-given fertility signs and/or their power of self-discipline. Surely a missionary is capable of learning natural family planning and self-control. Not to condemn Shelly, but to inform that knowledge is power, especially when it comes to breastfeeding and child spacing. May God bless her and her husband as they care for their six children. Reversal of sterilization is not necessary, but period abstinence may provide them with many graces to live out their Christian lives in peace and gratitude. Anyone can search for information on child spacing – the why and the how of it. May God bless those who do with help to share.

  7. Tony Pelletier
    Posted March 14, 2015 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Shelly, to be opened to procreation does not mean one should have the maximum of children (for example, 13 children in a 10-year period), or else it is a sin. No.

    I don’t know what Christian denomination you belong to, but my understanding as a Catholic is that a couple should cooperate with the way God made human beings, and not thwart God’s design.

    The question we should ask ourselves is “How did God made human beings?”. Among other things, we can notice that God did not make women fertile during the whole menstrual cycle.

    It thus appears that some conjugal relations won’t achieve procreation. And so, for a * serious motive * (health, financial situation,… as opposed to selfishness), it is licit to having relations only during periods of infertility, for the necessary time. A couple who wants to cooperate with God will not use barriers (thus refraining from the total self-giving of one to another and saying no to God’s design). Instead, the man and the woman will get closer and discuss about the circumstances they’re in and, through prayer and the sacraments, with God’s help, will discern the possibility of having a child. If, for a serious motive, they cannot, they will have relations only durting period of infertility. The recurring evaluation of the situation is actually a chance to grow deeper in their relationship and their welcoming attitude towards a subsequent new child, under God’s loving care.

    More here : https://www.ewtn.com/expert/answers/nfp_serious_motives.htm

  8. Manuel B. Camacho
    Posted March 14, 2015 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    “Contraception, here in the U.S., has not reduced our national unintended pregnancy rate. In 1995, according to the CDC, that rate was 49%. Twenty years later, even Guttmacher admits that the rate has only increased; it is 51% today. So with more access to contraception than ever before, we face more unintended pregnancies.” The truth is that contraception providers actually promote more sex in lieu of promoting the three days a month abstinence which is provided by our very God in nature.

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