The question of birth control/contraception isn’t discussed as frequently in Protestant circles as Catholic. Protestants generally assume that contraception is acceptable with limited thought about what the Bible teaches. As a result, resources on the topic are limited compared to other issues.
Based on the widely held Evangelical starting point that life begins at conception and abortion is a sin, two questions must be considered 1) Is birth control (limiting children), in the general sense, acceptable to God? 2) If birth control is generally acceptable, what kinds of contraception in particular can be used that aren’t abortive?
Is birth control acceptable to God?
- Christian Research Institute provides its perspective in an article called Should Christians Use Birth Control? that limiting children to fulfill duties in the world is Biblically acceptable.
- John Piper holds the view that non-abortive birth control is acceptable and answers common objections to this view. He explains it in more detail in a message titled Is It Wrong to Use Birth Control
- FamilyLife Today broadcast related to biblical family planning and contraception
- Randy Alcorn and Mark Driscoll discuss family planning on the Resurgence site
- Voddie Baucham addresses the topic in the context of limiting children because of an economic turndown
What kinds of non-abortive contraception can be used?
- CRI briefly addresses the topic of contraception
- More to come