On Baptism and Birth Control

The Baptism LACMA 80.2

While reading My Retraction: A 15 Year Baptist Turns Paedo-Baptist and Becomes Reformed by Dr. C. Matthew McMahon (c. 2002) at A Puritan’s Mind, this paragraph jumped out at me:

But at least take this to heart, if you are a Baptist – in your position, you must, if you are at least humble and honest, agree with me that your position is relatively new. It sprung up in the 17th century. It was not held until the heretical Anabaptists appeared on the scene. That means that the church has been wrong about her theology for 1700 years until you, my friend, and your partners in this new fangled theology, got it right. It means that God, in all His great wisdom and providence, waited 1700 years before He “enlightened” His ambassadors to the truth of how He wanted His church run. It even, on a base level, questions the very providence of God in the way He deals with His church. It calls into question Jude’s admonition, that the faith HAS been once delivered to the saints. But you, friend, are saying that we have all had it wrong, and that we are just getting it right. You, friend, are saying that the historical position of the church’s ecclesiology, by the greatest minds the church has known, were, for all intents and purposes, completely wrong about how the church should be run, and what God desired for His church. Not only did we not know the truth, but God allowed His church to purposefully languish for one thousand seven hundred years until the Baptists came along. They all had it wrong. And you, and a few others, have it right. (On that note alone, ponder promptly and heavily.)

Could not a similar thing be said about, inter alia, the modern practice of birth control?:

But at least take this to heart, if you are a “Contraceptionist” – in your position, you must, if you are at least humble and honest, agree with me that your position is relatively new. It sprung up in the 20th century. It was not held until the Anglican Lambeth Conference of 1930. That means that the Christian church has been wrong about her theology for 1900 years until you, my friend, and your partners in this new fangled theology, got it right. It means that God, in all His great wisdom and providence, waited 1900 years before He “enlightened” His ambassadors to the truth of how He wanted His church run. It even, on a base level, questions the very providence of God in the way He deals with His church. It calls into question Jude’s admonition, that the faith HAS been once delivered to the saints. But you, friend, are saying that we have all had it wrong, and that we are just getting it right. You, friend, are saying that the church’s historical theology, by the greatest minds the church has known, was, for all intents and purposes, completely wrong about how families should operate, and what God desired for His church. Not only did we not know the truth, but God allowed His church to purposefully languish for one thousand nine hundred years until the “Contraceptionists” came along. They all had it wrong. And you, and a few others, have it right. (On that note alone, ponder promptly and heavily.)

And that’s just the New Testament church.  When the Old Testament church is included, the church would have been in the dark on this subject for several thousand more years.  Am I missing something?

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2 thoughts on “On Baptism and Birth Control

    • LOL I read your comment and forgot what the post had said so I was scratching my head wondering what I wasn’t until I re-read the post.

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