Theologian John Piper is weighing in on whether or not it is selfish to pray against becoming pregnant due to the stress another child would bring.
In response to a North Carolina mother who inquired if he thought it was sinful to pray to not get pregnant again on a recent episode of AskPastorJohn, the Reformed theologian and author posited Monday that it “may be biblically sound” to desire to have a limited number of kids if one’s motives “are informed by the priorities of Christ and the Scriptures.” The mother said she loved her children but did not feel as though she could presently handle any more kids.
To suggest that wanting fewer children might be in keeping with biblical teaching strikes many as contradictory since the Bible explicitly describes them as a “blessing,” he said.
In the creation story in Genesis, God says that is “not good” that man be alone and that he would make a suitable helper for him, that the man would leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, and become one flesh, and that they are to be fruitful and multiply and subdue the earth, Piper explained.
“In other words, it is right, normal, and proper to want and pursue a family in the world as God created it. It’s right to want to raise up lots of lovers of God who fill the earth with his glory. I would say that’s normal and good.”
But tension emerges in light of the Apostle Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 7, where he urges men in certain instances to remain single and not get married, which is “astonishing” counsel given God’s words that it is not good for men to be alone.
“The lesson I draw from this is that while it is normal and right and proper in the ordinary order of creation for marriage to be pursued, nevertheless, now that Christ has come into the world, there are redemptive priorities — saving priorities — where it’s right for redemptive and saving purposes for a person to forego marriage.”
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Source: Christian Post