Eliminating Miscarriage and Barrenness
Starting out the right Way
A Biblical study on the womb.
Many Christians with questions on barrenness and miscarriage have never thought to do a biblical study on these topics. They tend to read many a magazine article and make decisions on doctor's recommendations on possible procedures. This is the fruit of a secular mindset. Even though we have the resources of God eternal and all His wisdom, we rather believe what we believe and not seriously see what God says about these things.
As long as we hold to this mentality, we should not be surprised to find ourselves confused and wounded. The Christian might protest that they have prayed and done their best obeying God. But we only need to ask if they have God's wisdom on the matter by studying His Word, and we see that they think this is not necessary. They have the key to the car but no car!
Below we propose that we do an indepth study on these three topics: (1) barrenness and infertility, (2) miscarriage, (3) normal birth and pregnancies and (4) birth control or family planning. We should be honest. Back in our minds we might fear to find out what God has said about such things. We might have hidden things from others that we do not want to be uncovered. This is not true of all, but it is of many. If this is so, our advice is simply that if you have not fully dealt with any sin in your life, then this is going to finally catch up with you. We don't want to acknowledge that we have done wrong. Healing, however, requires repentance, forgiveness and pursuance of God's will.
We understand that some of you have never done biblical studies. They are not hard. We will show you how. Remember the work of study is important so that you know what God's Word has said, and so that you will take it serious.
Many people might be surprised at the clarity and frequency the topics of barrenness and miscarriages occur in the scriptures. The scriptures also mention diseases, but we will stay focused on family problems rather than causes for health problems.
I would start my conclusion to your 5 points a bit differently to get the right perspective. It is because we are praying and growing more that we could ask this question. God is leading us, I believe, to make some radical changes. He wants to make us a family congregation, but we must change our ways.
Perhaps we need to first ask, "Why radical changes?" God promises us health and explains these problems to be largely due (and yes there are exceptions such as purposed holding back a child, eg. Abraham) to our sin problems.
"You shall be blessed above all peoples; there shall be no male or female barren among you or among your cattle. "And the LORD will remove from you all sickness; and He will not put on you any of the harmful diseases of Egypt which you have known, but He will lay them on all who hate you. (Deuteronomy 7:14,15, NASB).
"There shall be no one miscarrying or barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days. (Exodus 23:26, NASB).
In case there are some that would say that this does not apply to Christians now a days, they should reread 1 Corinthians 11:27-32 where Paul clearly says this judgment is because of sin. God's people do not reap God's blessings automatically just because they are God's people. They need to obey! Note the verse just before the promises from Deuteronomy.
"Then it shall come about, because you listen to these judgments and keep and do them, that the LORD your God will keep with you His covenant and His lovingkindness which He swore to your forefathers. (Deuteronomy 7:12, NASB).
Just as they lived under God's covenant, so do we. The Lord promises us judgments if we do evil and blessings if we do what is right.
"You shall not worship their gods, nor serve them, nor do according to their deeds; but you shall utterly overthrow them, and break their sacred pillars in pieces. "But you shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless your bread and your water; and I will remove sickness from your midst. "There shall be no one miscarrying or barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days. (Exodus 23:24-26, NASB).
We see the same pattern in Deuteronomy 28 where the blessings and curses are announced. The blessings come from obedience and the curses come from disobedience.
"Now it shall be, if you will diligently obey the LORD your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. (Deuteronomy 28:1, NASB). ... "Blessed shall be the offspring of your body and the produce of your ground and the offspring of your beasts, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock. (Deuteronomy 28:4, NASB).
"But it shall come about, if you will not obey the LORD your God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes with which I charge you today, that all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you. (Deuteronomy 28:15, NASB). ... "Cursed shall be the offspring of your body and the produce of your ground, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock. (Deuteronomy 28:18, NASB).
So what are the commands we are to obey?
1) The oft repeated "Be fruitful and multiply" is a clear command to have many children (Gen 1:22, 28; 9:1, 7). God has a program we need to work along with.
2) We need to appreciate, desire and seek His blessing, one of which is children.
Behold, children are a gift of the LORD; The fruit of the womb is a reward. (Psalms 127:3, NASB).
3) We need to stop confusing right with wrong and wrong with right.
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And clever in their own sight! (Isaiah 5:20,21, NASB).
4) Restore husband and wife roles to God's designs (Gen 2:18; Titus 2:3-5; Deuteronomy 6:1-10).
5) Be sexually pure; refrain from immorality (Eph 5:3).
But do not let immorality or any impurity or greed even be named among you, as is proper among saints; (Ephesians 5:3, NASB).
What are the radical steps I suggest?
I suggest that we repent from our many sins and begin to obey Him. Although the sins no doubt go beyond what I will share, let me start with some observances just in the area of family life.
1). We are wise in our own eyes (Pr 3:5-7). God wants to give us children, but we esteem the treasures of the world to be more important. So we put off having children. We say, "I will only have two!" "I will have only one!" God rebukes our arrogant mindset by putting things on hold.
2) We use birth control. This is a practice we need to repent from. Generally, it comes from the arrogant mindset above. The practice confirms the proud mindset and priority of what we want in life over what He wants. Some parts of the church still openly reject birth control.
3) Woman take the 'pill' which up to 10% of the time is abortive in nature and openly rejects God's blessing. The long term use of the pill brings side terrible affects.
4) Couples do not love children. They love the world. Why should God give them children if they do not want to raise them for the Lord? We see this in the way wives work and let others care for their children. We see this in the way children are not trained by fathers.
5) Wives have emulated being like men in the work force. God hates this attitude. Women strip themselves of God's calling for the sake of cultural adoration and financial freedom. God called the wives to cherish supporting husbands in what God has called them to do.
6) Husbands have shown themselves to be adulterers with the world by sending their wives to work rather than producing the happy nest (family) where children would be welcomed and nourished. They want the wealth not the family.
7) Couples have committed fornication and adultery. Does not God judge this? He certainly does.
8) Couples have lusted after others and committed adultery in their hearts. Pornography on screen and print is rampant. God also judges this. Jesus said there was not difference before God in terms of guilt.
9) God partly uses STDs to judge sexual immorality. Some of these forms cause barrenness. The woman might have it and not even know.
10) Couples have had abortions. This is murder. Others have not actually carried out abortion but considered it or would if they had a child at the wrong time.
From the above items we need to repent from, we see that His people are not pro-family like He is. We have our own agenda and insist on having our so-called fun. God is calling us to repent from these things.
If we would confess and repent from these things, then God would forgive us. But we would also need to make real changes in our lives. Let me make a few suggestions. We cannot be neutral. Either we carry out the ways of "Egypt" - the local pagan culture around us, or we carry out the way of the LORD.
God wants us to prize (but not idolize) the family. The family is the place where God carries out His mission and blessing. We start by asking the Lord for children and stop using birth control.
The church reaps from the blessings upon the families. We should desire God's blessings which means as many children as He would give us. He Himself opens and closes the womb. We would go forward in bold faith and trust Him to help us take care of these children. We would be willing to go without the 'toys' of the world and take the mocking of the world. We would treasure God's presence with us more than the world's affirmation that we are like them.
We would regularly pray with our spouse and train our children in God's ways. We might not know how to do this but would seek out how specifically raise our children God's way. The father would actually teach his sons the Word of God. He would lead the family in a way that honors the Lord. The wife would work by his side and support his every decision as he follows the Lord. Love would rule the home always.
We would have to reject the notion of careers for women. Some might choose not to marry and serve God otherwise. But we need to train our daughters to be mothers at home as Titus 2:1-5 says so clearly. We need to train our sons to be responsible rather than spoiling them. We love our children so we train them in God's ways rather than in the world's ways. We train them for heaven rather than hell.
There are other practical suggestions to pass along but they follow the most basic cleansing and healing of the body. Besides, I have written too long already!
There are different ways to bring this before the church. I know they will not be very welcomed by some. But perhaps if we pointed out the commands and asked them how to practically apply the certain commands. They would begin to get the picture.
In Christ's Majestic Love,