Preventing conception

 

 

 

Anyone who does not want to have children or tries to prevent conception in order to limit the number of children commits a sin, for the Scripture says: “Be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28 – NKJV) and also that the woman “will be saved in child-bearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control” (1 Timothy 2:15 – NKJV).

Therefore, brothers, do not prevent conception, lest you resist the will of God. Know this, that the Scripture speaks well of those who have many children, for it states: “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).

Since I know that among the brotherhood there are some (both men and women) who have been sterilized in order not to have children or to limit the number of children, I tell you that this is an abomination to God. Know this, that those who have undergone sterilization will bear their sin. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

 

 

 

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