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Child Birth—Not Child Prevention

In the May issue of the Beacon Lights, our brother Mr. Fred Iwema, of our Bethel PRC, responded to my article entitled, “Child-bearing, Not Child Prevention” of the February issue. He indicates this is a “hot” issue and takes a stand against my view. He states his response “follows considerable meditation and prayer on his […]

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God, Marriage and Sex

After reading the December and February issues of the Beacon Lights entitled, “Augustine on Sex and Marriage,” and “Child-bearing, Not Child Prevention,” by Mr. Steve Spencer and Mr. Ken DeJong respectively, I am compelled to submit the following response. My response follows consider­able meditation and prayer on my part. First, I believe the proper, although […]

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God’s Sovereignty in Conception (1)

“…we must not believe as the Roman Catholics do that any use of birth control is wrong. No Christian husband and wife should use birth control without searching their heart to be certain that they are not using it for the wrong purposes. They must realize that one of the ways that their sexual relations […]

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Child-bearing, Not Child Prevention

When our December issues of the Beacon Lights came in the mail, I handed a copy to one of my sons. A little later, he asked if I agreed with the second to last paragraph of “Augustine on Sex and Marriage” by Mr. Spencer, found on pages 21 & 22. After reading it, I explained […]

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Birth Control

The question that we consider this time is a rather broad question, and one to which we shall try to give some basic principles from the Scripture to be a guide for its answer. The question is set forth by the Senior PRYP Society of the Hudsonville Church. The question asks for a proper Scriptural […]

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Children-A Heritage of The Lord

Recently, Time magazine in its Behavior section featured an article on the declining birth rate among Americans. On six full pages there was a description of the attempts by many in this country to reach zero population growth in approxi­mately fifty years. There were stories of a non-fertility rite “which honored the non­parents of the […]

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Birth Control: What Must We Say About it?

Many a young couple goes into marriage not realizing the full responsibility of the relationship. They look at marriage and see roses and sunshine and all things good. What happens, then, when those young couples are faced with the question of having a child. Many say, we can’t afford one: our financial means are too […]

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Birth Control – A Christian Alternative?

Dear Mr. Reitsma: I write with reference to the article “Birth Control — A Christian Alternative?” written by Mrs. Karen Karsten in the June-July 1973 issue of Beacon Lights. It is my feeling that she has given our young people some very bad advice and it is my intention to try to counter that ad­vice […]

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Birth Control — A Christian Alternative?

Silence reigns in the sunny, fourth grade classroom. Twenty-eight children read their textbooks and for a few moments I sit back and drink in these few precious, relaxing moments. For, working with children is one of the most difficult tasks I have ever undertaken! It is at such times as this reading time that a […]

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A Christian Looks at the “Population Explosion”

“The population explosion may be subject to overreaching prophecies, but it is something to worry about. Its consequences are widespread misery, undernourishment, waste of human and natural resources and a constant threat among desperate peoples to a peace of the world.”1 Sociologists have been projecting a population explosion and its devastating consequences for many years. […]

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Unknown

On July 29, 1968, Pope Paul promulgated his seventh encyclical, Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life), which condemned all methods of contraception on the grounds that it is an attempt to violate God’s natural laws. The decision is reflected by a distinct minority of Catholics, and it created an unprecedented storm of protest and dissent among […]

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