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Is Birth Control Forbidden by Scripture?

Recently there have been various books, articles, etc., coming from Christian writers, which. claim that birth control, under practically all conditions, is a sinful practice. It should never be engaged in by born again Christians. Is this true? Does Scripture really maintain such a position? Emphatically NO!

The Bible teaches that there is a proper place for family planning. This is taught in Proverbs 24:27, where we read, "Prepare your outside work, make it fit for yourself in the field; And afterward build your house." Louis Goldberg points out that in Scripture the "house" frequently refers to the family (Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament), Vol. I, p. 105; cf. Gen. 18:19; 35:2; 46:27; Ex. 16:31; Josh. 24:15: 2 Sam. 7:11). Thus, by implication we learn that family planning, under certain conditions, is a biblical mandate.