I have a question for all those "Reformers" out there. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements? It is a simple yes or no answer.
"It is a horrible thing to pour out seed besides the intercourse of man and woman. Deliberately avoiding the intercourse, so that the seed drops on the ground, is double horrible. For this means that one quenches the hope of his family and kills the son, which could be expected, before he is born. This wickedness is now as severely as is possible condemned by the Spirit, through Moses, that Onan, as it were, through a violent and untimely birth, tore away the seed of his brother out the womb, and as cruel as shamefully has thrown on the earth. Moreover he thus has, as much as was in his power, tried to destroy a part of the human race. When a woman in some way drives away the seed out the womb, through aids, then this is rightly seen as an unforgivable crime. Onan was guilty of a similar crime" (Calvin's Commentary on Genesis, vol. 2, part 16).
"[T]he exceedingly foul deed of Onan, the basest of wretches . . . 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. . . . Consequently, he deserved to be killed by God. He committed an evil deed. Therefore, God punished him" (Luther's Commentary on Genesis)
"the purpose of marriage is not pleasure and ease but the procreation and education of children and the support of a family.... People who do not like children are swine, dunces, and blockheads, not worthy to be called men and women, because they despise the blessing of God, the Creator and Author of marriage" (Luther quoted in Christian History, Issue 39, p. 24).
Westminster Annotations (1657); Calvinist
Commentary on Gen. 38.9 (by John Ley of the Westminster Assembly) - "...in that there is a seminal vital virtue, which perishes if the seed be spilled; and by doing this to hinder the begetting of a living child, is the first degree of murder that can be committed, and the next unto it is the marring of conception, when it is made, and causing of abortion: now such acts are noted in the scripture as horrible crimes, because, otherwise many might commit them, and not know the evil of them: it is conceived, that his brother Er before, was his brother in evil thus far, that both of them satisfied their sensuality against the order of nature, and therefore the Lord cut them off both alike with sudden vengeance; which may be for terror to those Popish Onanites who condemn marriage, and live in sodomitical impurity, and to those who, in marriage, care not for the increase of children, (which is the principle use of the conjugal estate) but for the satisfying of their concupiscence."
The Protestant scholar Charles Provan listed over a hundred Protestant founders or leaders in every denomination (Lutheran, Calvinist, Reformed, Methodist, Presbyterian, Anglican, Evangelical, Nonconformist, Baptist, Puritan, Pilgrim) who condemned the use of contraception, calling it a sinful act (Provan, 1989 The Bible and Birth Control). Why the sudden change in Protestant Biblical interpretation over the last 70 years or so? If the Protestant is so steeped in God's word, why does he now accept a sinful practice that is condemned in the Sacred Scriptures, one that all Protestant forefathers taught against as well? We can chalk it up to another example of the disunity in Protestantism, and the wholesale rejection of God's Church.
The further in time the Protestants move away from the Church, the further out in left field their teachings get. We can also look at the acceptance of divorce, homosexuality and women clergy in Protestantism as other examples among many. I find it interesting how all of these "Reformed" apologists are ready to come out and attack Catholics on various teachings, yet they will run like their head is on fire when they see this one coming at them. (See another previous post on this subject. Where were their rebuttals?) Where is the "ready defense" that they are supposed to be able to give for their beliefs when it comes to their acceptance of such a disgraceful and wretched sin, as their forefathers called it?
It is not a far fetch to blame the success of Margaret Sanger's evil operation, "Planned Parenthood", on the Protestants' acceptance of the use of artificial contraception. She needed the favor of the major Protestant denominations to gain support in her endeavors to popularize contraception, and eventually abortion. Of course most Protestants are against the sin of abortion, but they are not in full agreement on this either! This is amazing to me! Just look at the Protestant pastor Peter Ruckman who said the following on one of his videos on You Tube. Listen to the audio here.
"You don't want to get hung up on those things. Some of the brethren get so hung up on this thing, 'abortion is murder, abortion is murder', they show you pictures. Well they're trying to prove, they're trying to prove the thing looks like a person that is a person. That's what Darwin taught. You gotta watch that business. You can take an embryo of an animal and prove it looks like an embryo of a person. That doesn't make it a person. You gotta watch that business. You go around start prove that thing is a person before that thing is born, then you got that matter of salvation. And the first thing you know you'll be up there at the Catholic hospital dumpin' water on them so they don't go to limbo. You gotta watch that kind of stuff. Now I'll grant you the child is an organism, I'll grant you that. But they're a lot of organisms. I'll grant you the child may be alive in the sense of animal life, I'll grant you that. I'll grant you it's an embryo, I'll grant you that. But if you talking about a living soul see, I read my bible there's no living soul till the Lord breathed in his nostrils the breath of life."
When we look at Protestantism, and what it has become today, it is only a shadow of what it once was. Protestantism was a horrible monstrosity when it was invented some 500 years ago, and it has only gone steadily downhill into the moral cesspool since then. They all now reject core moral Biblical teachings that all of their forefathers once strongly held. So much for Protestants believing the "core" teachings of the Scriptures. We can see that this is not the truth. They can't even agree on the Scriptures in regards to abortion and divorce, let alone contraception!
The fact is that Protestants do not agree on core moral principles as many of them claim. Only the Catholic Church has stood tall among the moral wasteland of the secular culture. The Catholic Church has never wavered on her teachings regarding faith and morals. The Catholic Church has never accepted divorce, abortion, contraception, homosexuality, etc, like the Protestants have, and it never will. Choose the real Church, not an imaginary one, folks.
Finally I would like to close with the popular "Reformed" apologist James White's disclaimer on birth control from his website. His statement seems to be in stark contrast to what his forefathers thought about the subject.
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