As I begin this teaching a statement that the Apostle Paul made which is found in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 comes to mind. For although we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imagination, and every high thing that exalted itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. In order for the word of Yehovah (Yehovah, pronounced YE-Ho-Vah, is the eternal name of God) to have control in and over us we must come to the place where we learn to love God and His word more than we love being “free” to do our own will. This is not a thing that anyone can accomplish for you, nor is it a thing that any of us can accomplish no our own, it can only be accomplished as we surrender to the Lord, then and only then as He does this work in us, can we come to a place of surrender. I cannot speak for any other, but I wish to be a person who has learned to think and judge according to Christ’s standards, not those of the world around me, not even by religious standards, but Yehovah’s alone.
The topic at hand today is the use of contraceptives. I am not a scientist or a sociologist that I will endeavor to communicate from their perspective. And although I am a male person I will not endeavor to speak from what might be called a man’s point of view, or from what I might perceived to be a woman’s point of view, but from the point of view of a man of God, a servant of our Lord Yeshua. (Yeshua being the Hebrew name of our savior, whom most English speaking people call Jesus) I will speak in His name, according to the wisdom that He has granted to me.
God our creator, holy and wise, created all things both visible and invisible. (Col. 1:15-16, Rev. 4:11) Obviously then this includes all human life, both male and female, and in that He is wise all things that He created He did so with particular purpose. Now I believe we can only barely begin to fathom all the reasoning behind why Yehovah created us as He did, but this I do believe. That every detail of the human person has purpose behind it, and that when we by the Holy Spirit align ourselves to both His laws and promises we are then brought to a place where our total being, spirit, soul, and body, will properly reflect the person and purpose of the Lord Yeshua, the Messiah. Thus the sexuality of the human person is meant to be instructed by the Holy Scriptures, and not human reasoning. Human reasoning cannot begin to fathom the greatness of the purposes of Yehovah for us. therefore, it will lead us in paths that are far short of Yehovah’s purpose, and perhaps entirely contrary to His purposes.
Highlights of personal testimony
First of all, before I go to the meat of this teaching may I interject some of my personal testimony? Having come to the faith of Yeshua (I knew Him only as Jesus then) as a young teenager and by His grace having received a love of the Word of God. I married at 24 years of age, and was at that point unsure and confused in regards to the use of contraceptives. The Scripture appeared to teach one thing, and the Church another. My bride readily accepted the idea that we had every right to “control birth” with any device or practice short of abortion, the which (Abortion in any of its numerous methods) we held to be murder of the unborn. I was not as sure of this as what she appeared to be. I held for a very long time in the back of my mind the commandment of the Lord to Noah and his sons, which I believed was passed down to all men through these ancient men, which was to be fruitful and multiply. Which seemed to me to be saying, “do not stop the children from coming, but rather bring them on!” The traditions of the Church in both passive and direct ways taught me that this commandment, as well as many others had no control over me, but was only for that time and that place. It took a number of years, and then by the instruction of the Lord I began to see that the “old testament” laws are not void, but very much in place, and serve as pictures of heavenly realities. As this revelation began to come to me so did understanding in regards to the use of contraceptives.
The Creator made mankind in His image, as a picture of Himself and the Church. Keep that foundational understanding upfront in your reasoning, for it will guide you into the truth in respect to very many issues. It is one of the very first expressions of truth found in the Scripture. Genesis 1:26 says, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness……verse 27….So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him, both male and female created he them.” Therefore, it imperative for all people to know His laws and obey them, for in obeying His word we conform to His image in the behavior of our lives. Yes, I realize and I praise God that when I (Or anyone else) was born again my inner man was fully and completely recreated after the image of Christ, but the behavior of my everyday person must be brought, as it is said by Isaiah the prophet, “line upon line, precept upon precept”, into a place of compliance to the word of Yehovah. When I do not obey God, the actions of my life give out a slanderous testimony. When I obey God, the actions of my life give a truthful and proper testimony concerning God and His purposes. The actions of our lives either testify the truth, or give a slanderous testimony, there is no middle ground.
God’s seed is pictured in the seed of the man
It is said in Hebrews 12:9 that God is the father of all spirits made perfect. Meaning that He is the father of all those born from above. (Born again) His word, which is His seed, is sown into the world by means of the Church which is His wife. (This is an allegorical truth, for Yehovah, who is a spirit does not take a natural woman as a wife, these words are symbolic of the relationship He has with the those He calls to Himself in Christ, Ephesians 5:23-33, Isaiah 62:5b, Jeremiah 3:14, 1 Co.6:17) The word of Yehovah abides in the Church, and by various means is sown into the hearts of men, and when faith is added a new creation is born. A new creation in Christ comes forth, a child of God who is also a child of the Church. So you see God is our father, and the Church is our mother. Peter testified of this in 1 Peter 2:23. Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.
Let us pose a question. Would Yehovah, who is God Almighty destroy the very seed He has sown? Would He sow His seed into the world on one hand, and on the other hand destroy it so that it cannot bring forth that purpose for which it was sown in the first place? I think not, and apparently Isaiah the prophet did not think so, for he said in Isaiah 55:11, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Yeshua spoke of the word of God in a parable teaching that there are four basic responses in the hearts of men in regards to God’s word, but He never noted that in any case God’s word was made void or ineffective by God Himself. (Mat. 13:1-23) My testimony to you is that Yehovah does not put forth His word to then destroy it, but rather that its purpose should be fulfilled. In like manner the man’s seed is to be sown without restriction, for it is a natural picture of the eternal seed of God. To destroy the seed of man is to give the picture of destroying the seed of God. This ought not to be so.
**What happens when the seed is received and germinates?**
New life comes forth, but just as in the case of a woman with child, the child comes forth only at the discomfort and labor of its mother. For although the woman may have gloried in the comfort and passion of her lover, (Which is a picture of the Believer glorying in the presence of the Lord) the carrying of the child to birth, and then the delivery will take effort and endurance, but if done with the hope of the child that is coming forth it can be a process of joy although in and though affliction. Thus it is with the one born of the Spirit. It is by the labor and affliction of prayer, evangelism, and the testimony of godly lives that the convert to the Lord Yeshua will be brought forth. The Mother will pay a price. For as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. (Isaiah 66:8b.)
After birth the child and mother are bound to each other, and the life of the child is dependent on the care of the mother. This too is a picture of the new Believer. Having been born of the seed of the Holy One, the new convert must learn to drink of the sincere milk of the Word which comes by means of the “breast” of the Church. As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word that ye may grow thereby: if so be that you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. (1 Peter 2:2-3) Again is Isaiah the prophet speaks of this mystery, and speaks of it in the picture of a woman nursing her child, and holding the child on her hip, and on her knees. (Isaiah 66: 10-13) Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, (the Church) and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her: That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory. For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees. As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem. (the Church) So we have it that the relationship between the Lord, the Church, and the new Believer is meant to be mirrored in the relationship between the husband, the mother, and the children they bring forth. Therefore, to by our actions bring forth any picture contrary to the picture that the laws and promises of God’s word bring forth is to live a lie. It is bringing forth a slanderous testimony of heavenly realities.
Believing a lie leads to living a lie, and only continuing in the truth can set one free
What I bring you in this teaching is in principle. There is no hard and fast commandment that says “thou shalt”, or “thou shalt not” in regards to birth control methods that are non-abortive in nature. I commend you to God, and the Word of His grace that is able to build you up and give you a place among those that are being saved. To the end that you might by faith hear what is your’s to hear, and in hearing act out His word. Those that have ears to hear, let that them hear, and let each act according to the proportion of their faith. Amen!
An American Watchman,
Gregory A DeHart