The Blessing of Children

Logical Conclusions

How often do we stop to consider where our choices will logically lead us? We may not experience the fruit of those choices at the outset, but after time has given things a chance to mature, what sort of developments should we expect? Or, after we have already reached that point, are we willing to accept that it was our own choices that led to those outcomes, or do we continue to deny the truth, out of pride?

For example, according to Jesus, the sins of murder and adultery have already begun their contamination of the person before surfacing for everybody else to see; once visible, they are merely the evidence of what has occurred invisibly within the heart.

Matthew 5

21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment.

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27 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

The sin begins as a seed of wayward desire within the heart, which grows within the person until it eventually becomes perceptible to others. It is a gradual, incremental process.

James 1

13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

So, based on the above verses from Matthew and James, we could reasonably say that murder is anger in a more advanced form, and adultery is lust in a more advanced form; they have reached their logical conclusions. Anger without a cause is just as much a sin as murder, but it isn’t full-grown yet. But given the proper circumstances, and without inhibition, it would most likely develop into maturity, into murder. Same for adultery, or any other form of fornication: the act itself is the outworking of what’s already been allowed to germinate within the heart. That’s why we must be extremely careful of what’s in our hearts.

Now, here’s the surprising thing, for some of us: this same principle applies to what we do in other areas of our lives, as well. I suggest that just as murder is the logical conclusion of anger, and adultery is the logical conclusion of lust, abortion is the logical conclusion of contraception.

It all starts in the heart. First, married couples reject having a child, or another child. They use birth control, or perhaps NFP, to hinder that child’s conception. That’s the seed of sin right there: their selfishness and fear; their “hatred,” you could say, toward their own offspring; their lust after worldly things such as financial security and careers (I hope you see the connection with the scenarios from the Bible previously set forth). Then, if contraception fails to do its work, the natural next step is abortion. Now, some Christians may choose to stop before they get to that step; however, if they were to follow their intentions through to their logical conclusions, that would be where they would land.

When it comes to the history of birth control in America, very few are aware that contraception was actually illegal in the United States for over 60 years, reaching well into the 20th century (1873-1936), and that there were still some state laws against the prevention of conception on the books as late as 1965. Many know about Margaret Sanger and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. But, they have forgotten where the battle waged in the early 20th century — over the legalization of contraception. Planned Parenthood, which was founded by Sanger, was originally known as the American Birth Control League. Birth control was the foundational battleground, not abortion…

…[Anthony] Comstock had taken note of at least two things which are overlooked today. First, he saw obscenity [pornography], contraception and abortion as linked together as a continuum. Since contraception has since been accepted, and thus delinked from obscenity and abortion, the progression has been lost. Yet, it is easy enough to envision how illicit images and materials foster a desire for extra-marital relationships. And when that temptation is contemplated in the mind, often that desire turns to action. Contraceptives are needed to suppress the fruit of those relationships so that they may remain hidden from the public eye. When contraceptives sometimes fail and pregnancy ensues, the final recourse is abortion; so abortion is also needed. Obscenity, contraception, and abortion all begin and end with the same attitude, recreation without procreation. They are all parallel roads to the same destination. (my emphasis in bold) [Editor’s Preface, Outlawed! How Anthony Comstock Fought and Won the Purity of a Nation, by Charles Gallaudet Trumbull, edited by Scott Matthew Dix]

How important it is to see how our choices will inevitably lead to their logical conclusions! Even if not for us personally (since we can choose to stop at some point before we get to the conclusion), but at least for the rest of society who have no sense of there being any logical “stopping point.” We shouldn’t live in a state of denial; we should impede the natural progression of sin right now not merely by snipping off the farthest, remotest twigs (abortion) but by attacking the insidious root of the problem (porn and birth control, i.e. our selfish, faith-less, and sinful rejection of our own offspring and our acceptance of recreation without procreation).

For further details about the work of Anthony Comstock, who worked tirelessly to outlaw porn and contraceptives in the U.S., please read this book (I have it in my personal library, and have already read through it once, but plan on reading it again soon). You can order it through The Birth Control Movie website.

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6 thoughts on “Logical Conclusions

  1. Well written ! As we have discussed before I firmly believe that the sin of birth control and contraception is part of a continuum which leads inevitably to ever greater sin, that it is the responsibility or all Christian women to reject the use of contraception totally and of Christian society to prevent them from doing so.

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  2. This is one of the best ways I’ve read of putting the contraception-abortion relationship down in an understandable conceptual framework. It is SO difficult to get the concept across to Protestants, even conservative Protestants – for myself, it took MANY years of concentrated thought before I could see the connection between the two. There is such a huge mental divide that most simply cannot see that, as you say, the second is the logical consequence of the first. Not only do most Protestants look at contraception as a virtue/duty, but I’ve even heard of crisis pregnancy centers that hand out birth control. Totally not getting the concept there. A leads to B, and if we keep pushing A, then B will never go away. As Ken Ham says (regarding the fruit of macro-evolutionary theory), if you just keep snipping off weed flower-heads, you will just get more flower heads because the weed is still there and thriving. You have to attack the roots if you’re going to get anywhere.

    The way that I have put it to myself is to ask – “What are the reasons for practicing contraception?” After you get a good long list, one can turn and see that they are absolutely identical to the reasons for having an abortion. The philosophical underpinnings of rejecting the gift of life are the same. Your way of putting it (“logical consequences”) is an even better way of driving the point home.

    Love this!

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    1. I think whilst it may be in some senses easier to come to this from a Catholic background – where contraception has always been forbidden and where we are taught that sex must always be open to procreation and were actually originally taught that the “purpose of sex is procreation”. Don’t forget that most Catholics still go against this teaching and practice birth control including by using contraception.

      My personal view is that the the use of contraception degrades women, turning us into “sex objects”. That for us to be sexually active in a way which is deliberately closed to life is akin to forniction / masturbation and that for us to practice contraception is actually a worse sin than for men, firstly because is our God given purpose to be open to his gift of life in our wombs, and secondly because (like immodesty) by doing so we are leading and encouraging men to sin.

      The very fact that it is largely ‘women’s groups’ who advocate the availability of contraception tells us all we need to know !

      But men must of course also play their part by understanding that sexual pleasure is a gift that goes with the act of procreation, in marriage and with the responsibilities that entails. It is not something which can or should be sought outside that context. When a Christian couple make love they should always do so accepting and welcoming that God may bless the act with his love. Otherwise they should abstain.

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