Many women take birth control pills or use IUDs to avoid pregnancy. But most people are completely unaware of how these drugs and devices actually work. The pill, and birth control pill, are likely to permit pregnancy to begin, but then kill the tiny new human being. One of the mechanisms of action is "prevent nidation," which means that fertilization takes place, and normal human development begins, but the baby can't get attached to the side of the womb, can't "implant." Deprived of nutrition, the baby starves and is flushed out of the womb during the next menstrual period. The mother has no way of knowing about the silent tragedy that unfolds in her womb.

The babies who cannot implant die about seven to nine days after conception.

The IUD is an experimental device that has almost been driven off the American market by the lawsuits filed by women damaged by IUDs, or by the relatives of women killed by them. To this day, many family planning "experts" insist that the IUD is off the market for financial reasons, not for health reasons. But the financial problem was lawsuits arising from health catastrophes.

No one knows clearly how the IUD works, but like the pill, one way it works is to prevent implantation, to starve a tiny baby before the mother even knows she is pregnant.




2) DOES THE BIRTH CONTROL CAUSE ABORTIONS. Well documented book on the effects that different types of birth control pills have on the developing baby.



The following is from the book entitled The Bible and Birth Control by Charles D. Provan:



(GENESIS 1:27-28)

Genesis 1:27-28

"27. And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28. And God blessed them; and God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.' "

Christians should take note of the fact that the first listed command to mankind was "Be fruitful and multiply." This command is repeated over again in the Bible several times (for instance, in Genesis 9:1 and 35:11). Our point is this: this is a command of God, indeed the first command to a married couple. Birth control obviously involves disobedience to this command, for birth control attempts to prevent being fruitful and multiplying. Therefore birth control is wrong, because it involves disobedience to the Word of God. Nowhere is this command done away with in the entire Bible; therefore it still remains valid for us today.

Martin Luther had this to say in regard to Genesis 1:28 "He has created male and female and has blessed them that they might be fruitful." (Luther's Works, vol. 5, p.329)

On this same occasion Luther said, "...fertility was regarded as an extraordinary blessing and a special gift of God, as is clear from Deut. 28:4, where Moses numbers fertility among the blessings. 'There will not be a barren woman among you,' he says (cf.Ex.23:26). We do not regard this so highly today. Although we like and desire it in cattle, yet in the human race there are few who regard a woman's fertility as a blessing. Indeed, there are many who have an aversion for it and regard sterility as a special blessing. Surely this is also contrary to nature. Much less is it pious and saintly. For this affection has been implanted by God in man's nature, so that it desires its increase and multiplication. Accordingly, it is inhuman and godless to have a loathing for offspring. Thus someone recently called his wife a sow, since she gave birth rather often. The good for nothing and impure fellow! The saintly fathers did not feel like this at all; for they acknowledged a fruitful wife as a special blessing of God and, on the other hand, regarded sterility as a curse. And this judgment flowed from the Word of God in Gen. 1:28, where He said: 'Be fruitful and multiply.' From this they understood that children are a gift of God." (Luther's Works, Vol.5, p.325).

In Matthew 19:1-9, Jesus was questioned by the Pharisees concerning marriage and divorce. The Pharisees allowed divorce for a multitude of stupid reasons. Jesus corrected their view by calling their attention to Gen.1:27 and 2:24, telling the Pharisees that if they wanted to see what God wanted in a marriage, they should get their rules from the way God set up marriage in "the beginning." Please note that marriage as invented by God "in the beginning" was set up to "be fruitful and multiply" - NOT to "be sterile" !

Many today will say, "But I cannot afford to have lots of children, and so I must practice birth control. If I don't, I will be poor, and my children will be stuck in grinding poverty." Listen to what Martin Luther has to say on this subject: "Although it is very easy to marry a wife, it is very difficult to support her along with the children and the household. Accordingly, no one notices this faith of Jacob. Indeed, many hate fertility in a wife for the sole reason that the offspring must be supported and brought up. For this is what they commonly say: 'Why should I marry a wife when I am a pauper and a beggar? I would rather bear the burden of poverty alone and not load myself with misery and want.' But his blame is unjustly fastened on marriage and fruitfulness. Indeed, you are indicting your unbelief by distrusting God's goodness, and you are bringing greater misery upon yourself by disparaging God's blessing. For if you had trust in God's grace and promises, you would undoubtedly be supported. But because you do not hope in the Lord, you will never prosper." (Luther's Works, Vol. 5, p.332).

We Christians worship the great and powerful Lord who created the entire world. Can we truly believe that if we obey Him in this matter of being fruitful and multiplying, He will desert us? This idea is truly foreign to the Bible. God is not obligated to give us a Cadillac, but He promises to give us food and clothing and shelter. (Psa.37:25 says, "I have been young, and now I am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Or his descendants begging bread." And Jesus says in Mat. 6:33, "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.") Our dedication to God should be that of Daniel's three friends, who said, "...our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But even if he does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up."(Dan.3:17-18)




(PSALM 127:3-5, 1 CHRONICLES 25:4-5 & 26:4-5)

Psalm 127:3-5

"3. Behold, children are a gift of the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward. 4. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. 5. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; they shall not be ashamed, when they speak with their enemies in the gate."

1 Chronicles 25:4-5

"4. Of Heman, the sons of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti and Romamti-ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, Mahazioth. 5. All these were the sons of Heman the king's seer to exalt him according to the words of God, for God gave fourteen sons and three daughters to Heman."


1 Chronicles 26:4-5

"4. And Obed-edom had sons: Shemaiah the first-born, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, Sacar the fourth, Nethanel the fifth, 5. Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh, and Peullethai the eighth; God had indeed blessed him."

According to Holy Scripture in Psa. 127:5, "How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them." Children (the more the better) are a blessing from God. What this has to do with birth control is plain to see: for birth control seeks to prevent children from being conceived, thereby preventing children from being born. This act prevents blessings of God from being given to people. Lest there be those who would say, "those kinds of blessings I don't want," let us recall the story about Esau in Gen. 25:29-34. God gave Esau a blessing (his birthright), and Esau sold it to his brother Jacob for a bowl of stew! Genesis says that by this act Esau "despised" the blessing of God. What does Hebrews 12:16 have to say about Esau? It says that Esau was "a godless person...who sold his own birthright for a single meal." Christians of today have been so influenced by our godless materialistic culture that their view of children is the same as that of the world: "children are an economic drain - they make you poor - they limit economic progress - they prevent women from reaching their potential." This is not what the Bible says. The Bible says in 1 Chron.25:5 that "God gave fourteen sons and three daughters to Heman" "to exalt him." (It does not say, "to degrade him" or "to make him disgustingly poor", which is what our modern birth control advocates might have written, had they and not the Holy Spirit been in charge of Writing the Bible!) The Holy Spirit also wrote in 1 Chron. 26:5 that "God had indeed blessed" Obed-edom by giving him eight sons! Planned Parenthood or some of our modern so-called "Christian Sex Manuals" might have used Obed-edom as a horror story for "overpopulation."

By the way, I have heard of people who say that they have a "quiver full of children" by having three or five children "because back in ancient times that was how many arrows soldiers carried in their quivers." I am not aware of the source of this amazing and ridiculous viewpoint, which may be overthrown" out of the mouths of babes and sucklings." Just go up to a little boy or girl and ask them this question: "If you were a soldier, and you were going to be in a battle with the fierce enemy, how many arrows would you put in your quiver?" The answer will be "piles and piles of arrows" or "bunches and bunches of arrows." So children can interpret Psalm 127:4-5 better than people who already are in favor of birth control. "Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them..." Which passage obviously means that the more children a believing couple has, the better. The amount of children with which a couple is blessed should be determined by God, not birth control. Dr. Luther had this to say concerning Psa. 127: "This passage [Gen. 9:1], moreover, leads us to believe that children are a gift of God and come solely through the blessing of God, just as Ps. 127:3 shows. The heathen, who have not been instructed by the Word of God, believe that the propagation of the human race happens partly by nature, partly by accident, especially since those who are regarded as most suited for procreation often fail to have children. Therefore the heathen do not thank God for this gift, nor do they receive their children as the gift of God." (Luther's Works, Vol.2, p. 132) If Martin Luther was alive today, would he not disapprove of many Christians who view children as a bad thing, and so practice birth control to prevent God from sending more blessings to them? If God wanted to bless Christians by sending them a house to live in, would people practice "house-control" and refuse the house? We think not. And we are not aware of any people who would turn down God if he wanted to reward them with money, either. But when it comes to children, Christian principles change as if by magic! But truly Scriptural principles do not change at all: therefore Christians should willingly receive the blessings which God has for us, and not try to prevent them.



(HOSEA 9:10-17, EXODUS 23:25-26,


Hosea 9:10-17

"10. I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your forefathers as the earliest fruit on the fig tree in its first season. But they came to Baal-peor and devoted themselves to shame, and they became as detestable as that which they loved. 11. As for Ephraim, their glory will fly away like a bird - no birth, no pregnancy, and no conception! 12. Though they bring up their children, yet I will bereave them until not a man is left. Yes, woe to them indeed when I depart from them! 13. Ephraim, as I have seen, is planted in a pleasant meadow like Tyre; but Ephraim will bring out his children for slaughter. 14. Give them, O Lord - what wilt Thou give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breast. 15. All their evil is as Gilgal; indeed, I came to hate them there! Because of the wickedness of their deeds I will drive them out of My house! I will love them no more; all their princes are rebels. 16. Ephraim is stricken, their root is dried up, they will bear no fruit. Even though they bear children, I will slay the precious ones of their womb. 17. My God will cast them away because they have not listened to Him; and they will be wanderers among the nations."

Exodus 23:25-26

"25. But you shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless your bread and your water; and I will remove sickness from your midst. 26. There shall be no one miscarrying or barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days."

Deuteronomy 7:13-14

"13. And He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock, in the land which He swore to your forefathers to give you. 14. You shall be blessed above all peoples; there shall be no male or female barren among you or among your cattle."

When God decided to punish the corrupt nation of Israel some twenty-six hundred years ago, how did he do it? He prevented conception, pregnancy and childbirth, and killed the children who survived. God views childlessness or less children than possible as a negative occurrence, something which he uses as a punishment. Doesn't it say a lot about our dying and impotent culture, which welcomes birth control(with its resultant few or no children) as a "great scientific achievement" and a "blessing to mankind." Birth control brings about a lamentable catastrophe according to the Bible!

Commenting on Genesis 17, Luther had this to say about sterility, "saintly women have always regarded childbirth as a great sign of grace. Rachel is rude and exceedingly irksome to her husband when she says (Gen. 30:1): 'Give me children, or I shall die!' She makes it clear that she will die of grief because she sees that barrenness is a sign of wrath. And in Ps. 127:3 there is a glorious eulogy of offspring: "Lo, sons are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward (that is, a gift of it is a magnificent name that children are the gift of God! Therefore Hannah laments so pitiably (1Sam. 1:10), and John's aged mother Elizabeth leaps for joy and exults (Luke 1:25): 'The Lord has taken away my reproach.' Thus when the world was still in a better state, barrenness was considered a sign of wrath; but childbirth was considered a sign of grace. Because of the abuses of lust, however, this remnant of the divine blessing gradually began to be obscured even among the Jews, just as today you could find many greedy men who regard numerous offspring as a punishment. Saintly mothers, however, have always regarded this - when they were prolific - as a great honor, just as, conversely, they have regarded barrenness as a sign of wrath and as a reproach." (Luther's Works, Vol. 3, p. 134-135)

Moving on to the other Scripture passages in our list, we can see that God promised great blessings to Israel, among them (Exo. 23:25-26) the negation of sickness, miscarriages and barrenness. Christians and heathen both view sickness as a bad thing, and Christians view miscarriages (at least caused miscarriages, that is, abortions) as bad. But when it comes to deliberately causing one's own sterility (whether temporary or permanent, via birth control), most Christians unite with the heathen and declare sterility a good thing! As for Moses, he seems to view sickness, miscarriages and sterility as bad.


In Deuteronomy 7:12-13, it gets more pointed. Moses says, "God will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb... You shall be blessed above all peoples; there shall be no male or female barren among you..." Once again, we see barrenness, male or female, as a bad thing, Since barrenness is a bad and undesirable thing, so is birth control, since birth control is temporary or permanent sterility.

Yet, in our culture, barrenness is "no big deal", and people are always attempting to tell sterile couples that "everything is all right." But everything is not all right! Listen to what Martin Luther had to say, commenting upon Rachel's great desire to have children: "...from this it is clear that the very saintly women were not lustful but were desirous of offspring and the blessing. For this was the cause of envy in Rachel, who, if she had been like other women whom our age has produced in large numbers, would have said: 'What is it to me whether I bear children or not? Provided that I remain the mother of the household and have an abundance of all other things, I have enough.' But Rachel demands offspring so much that she prefers death to remaining sterile. I do not remember reading a similar statement in any history. Therefore she is an example of a very pious and continent woman whose only zeal and burning desire is for offspring, even if it means death. Thus above (Gen. 16:2) Sarah also showed a similar desire for offspring. And in both this feeling is decidedly praiseworthy. 'If I do not have children, I shall die' says Rachel. 'I prefer being without life to being without children.' ...Consequently, she determines either to bear children or die. Thus later she dies in childbirth. This desire and feeling of the godly woman is good and saintly..." (Luther's Works, Vol. 5, p. 328)



(GEN. 38:8-10, DEU. 25:5-10)

Genesis 38:8-10

"8. Then Judah said to Onan, "Go in to your brother's wife, and perform your duty as a brother-in-law to her, and raise up offspring for your brother.' 9. And Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so it came about that when he went in to his brother's wife, he wasted his seed on the ground, in order not to give offspring to his brother. 10. But what he did was displeasing in the sight of the LORD; so He took his life also."


Deuteronomy 25:5-10

"5. When brothers live together and one of them dies and has no son, the wife of the deceased shall not be married outside the family to a strange man. Her husband's brother shall go in to her and take her to himself as wife and perform the duty of a husband's brother to her. 6. And it shall be that the first-born whom she bears shall assume the name of his dead brother, that his name may not be blotted out from Israel. 7. But if the man does not desire to take his brother's wife, then his brothers wife shall go up to the gate to the elders and say, 'My husband's brother refuses to establish a name for his brother in Israel; he is not willing to perform the duty of a husband's brother to me.' 8. Then the elders of his city shall summon him and speak to him. And if he persists and says, 'I do not desire to take her,' 9. Then his brother's wife shall come to him in the sight of the elders, and pull his sandal off his foot and spit in his face; and she shall declare, 'Thus it is done to the man who does not build up his brother's house.' 10. And in Israel his name shall be called, 'The house of him whose sandal is removed.' "

Judah had several sons. The oldest son, named Er, had been married, but was killed by God before he had any children. In accordance with the law of God in Deu. 25:5-10, Judah told his next son Onan to marry Er's widow, so as to produce a child who would carry on Er's name.

However, Onan was unwilling to father a child for his deceased brother, so "when he went in to his brother's wife, he wasted his seed on the ground." A few words later we read, "But what he did was displeasing in the sight of the Lord; so He took his life also."

Examine the above verses and ask yourself this question: "What did Onan do in the verses?" The only thing Onan did in the verses was "wasted his seed on the ground." That is what made God angry. If there wasn't such a stir at this obvious conclusion we could drop the matter here, but we can't do so, because those who defend birth control have come up with alternatives which suit their views. We shall now review three alternate explanations, and show why they are untenable.



ALTERNATE#1: "Onan was killed by God for disobeying his father, not for wasting his seed."

REBUTTAL: According to Scripture, God has decreed that the marriage of a son ends any mandatory obedience to his father. Genesis 2:24 says, "for this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall become one flesh." So, if Judah had authority over Onan, his authority ended when Onan got married to his brother's widow. Therefore God did not kill Onan because he disobeyed Judah, because according to the word of God, Onan did not have to obey him.

ALTERNATE#2: "Onan was killed by God because he didn't show love for his brother by having a child. He should have had at least one child before practicing birth control, and then God wouldn't have been angry."

REBUTTAL: Deuteronomy eliminates this reason as a possibility, because it says that regardless of a man's motives for refusing to raise up seed for a dead brother, the man is not to be put to death. He is to be humiliated only (shoe pulled off, face spit on, etc.). Onan was put to death for what he did, while the man in Deu. 25 is not.

As we compare the two Bible texts Gen. 38:8-10 and Deu. 25:5-10), we need to ask, "What did Onan do that the man of Deu. 25 didn't do?" The difference in conduct will explain the difference in the penalty meted out by God. And the difference is that while Onan wasted his seed, the other man didn't! Suppose the man in Deu. 25 thinks exactly as Onan, saying to himself, "I don't want to raise up seed for my brother," and yet doesn't waste his seed? What happens to him according to the law of God? - humiliation only, regardless of his unloving thoughts.

ALTERNATE #3: "Well, Onan must have been killed because he lied to Judah."

REBUTTAL: There is no proof that he lied to anyone. The Scripture is silent as to what Onan said to anyone. And we ought not to "go beyond what is written," as the apostle Paul says in 1 Cor. 4:6. The Holy Spirit says what Onan did, then it says that God killed him for what he did. And what he did was "waste his seed on the ground." Onan was killed because he "wasted seed." Therefore, birth control is automatically condemned, because all forms of birth control have as their goal the wasting of seed.

Some may say to themselves as they read this, "Why, this is just a Roman Catholic custom, and so may be discarded." But, dear readers, this is not so. Space restrictions prevent us from listing quotes from all the leaders of the Christian faith who agree with our interpretation of the Onan incident. (However, we do list the views of many Protestants, as well as Augustine, Epihanius and some others, in Chapter Three of our booklet.) We will here list the comments of Martin Luther and John Calvin, the founders of the Reformation, two pastors not known for advocating "mere Roman Catholic customs," as everyone knows.

Commenting on Genesis 38:8-10, Luther says, "Then Judah urged his son Onan to take Tamar for his wife to raise up seed to his brother. Moses here uses the Hebrew word "jabam," which we find also in Deuteronomy 25:5 and which properly means "to marry in order to beget children for the deceased brother." This was a very disagreeable duty and many sought to escape it, as we read in Ruth 4:1 ff., for it is indeed hard to live with a woman whom one does not love, to continue the inheritance of the brother, and to submit oneself to ceaseless toil and labor in his interest. Therefore Onan, unwilling to perform this obligation, spilled his seed. That was a sin far greater than adultery or incest, and it provoked God to such fierce wrath that He destroyed him immediately." (Luther's commentary on Genesis, p. 250-251)


Luther on another occasion commented on the very same passage: "But the exceedingly foul deed of Onan, the basest of wretches, follows. [here Luther quotes Gen. 389-10] Onan must have been a malicious and incorrigible scoundrel. This is a most disgraceful sin. It is far more atrocious than incest and adultery. We call it unchastity, yes a Sodomitic sin. For Onan goes in to her; that is, he lies with her and copulates, and when it comes to the point of insemination, spills the semen, lest the woman conceive. Surely at such a time the order of nature established by God in procreation should be followed. Accordingly, it was a most disgraceful crime to produce semen and excite the woman, and to frustrate her at that very moment. He was inflamed with the basest spite and hatred. Therefore he did not allow himself to be compelled to bear that intolerable slavery. Consequently, he deserved to be killed by God. He committed an evil deed. Therefore God punished him. ...That worthless fellow...preferred polluting himself with a most disgraceful sin to raising up offspring for his brother." (Luther's Works, Vol. 7, p. 20-21)


Several years ago I purchased Calvin's Commentary on Genesis, to find out what Calvin thought of the Onan incident. Much to my surprise, when I opened to Genesis 38:8-10, I discovered that Calvin's comments on this pivotal birth control passage were omitted by the editor, for what reason he did not state. I was subsequently able to locate a Latin copy of Calvin's Commentary on Genesis, and the omitted section was graciously translated into English by the late Dr. Ford Battles, the translator of Calvin's Institutes. Calvin's comments are as follows:


"Besides, he [Onan; C.P.] not only defrauded his brother of the right due him, but also preferred his semen to putrify on the ground, rather than to beget a son in his brother's name. V. 10 The Jews quite immodestly gabble concerning this thing. It will suffice for me briefly to have touched upon this as much as modestly as speaking permits. The voluntary spilling of semen outside of intercourse between man and woman is a monstrous thing. Deliberately to withdraw from coitus in order that semen may fall on the ground is doubly monstrous. For this is to extinguish the hope of the race and to kill before he is born the hoped-for offspring. The impiety is especially condemned, now by the Spirit through Moses' mouth, that Onan, as it were, by a violent abortion, no less cruelly than filthily cast upon the ground the offspring of his brother, torn from the maternal womb. Besides, in this way he tried, as far as he was able, to wipe out a part of the human race. If any woman ejects a foetus from her womb by drugs, it is reckoned a crime incapable of expiation and deservedly Onan incurred upon himself the same kind of punishment, infecting the earth by his semen, in order that Tamar might not conceive a future human being as an inhabitant of the earth." (Calvin's Commentary on Genesis 38:8-10, translated from the Latin)


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