+++ THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AGAINST PORNOGRAPHY, ABORTION AND CONTRACEPTIVES (BIRTH CONTROL) +++
+ REVISED STATUTES OF THE UNITED STATES PASSED AT THE FIRST SESSION OF THE 43rd CONGRESS, 1873-74. PUBLISHED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S PRINTING OFFICE IN 1878.
SEC. 2491. All persons are prohibited from importing into the United States, from any foreign country, any obscene book, pamphlet, paper, writing, advertisement, circular, print, picture, drawing, or other representation, figure, or image on or of paper or other material, or any cast, instrument, or other article of an immoral nature, or any drug or medicine, or any article whatever, for the prevention of conception, or for causing unlawful abortion. No invoice or package whatever, or any part of one, in which any such articles are contained shall be admitted to entry; and all invoices and packages whereof any such articles shall compose a part are liable to be proceeded against, seized, and forfeited by due course of law. All such prohibited articles in the course of importation shall be detained by the officer of customs, and proceedings taken against the same as prescribed in the following section: Provided, That the drugs hereinbefore mentioned, when imported in bulk and not put up for any of the purposes hereinbefore specified, are excepted from the operation of this section. [See 1785.]
"...we have found not one orthodox theologian to defend Birth Control before the 1900's NOT ONE! On the other hand, we have found that many highly regarded Protestant theologians were enthusiastically opposed to it, all the way back to the very beginning of the Reformation ...those in favor of Birth Control will find no one in the orthodox Protestant camp for the first four centuries to ally themselves with. (Provan, p. 63)
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."
Birth Control, Christian Education and the Victory of Christ's Kingdom
In two parts:
1. "Godless Public Education and Sin" and
2. "Why Satan Loves Birth Control."
The first section shows from Scripture how it is a mark of apostasy to send young children, especially during their formative years, to schools that do not make Christ the Lord of education. It also encourages family worship and outlines the elements of this sacred task; giving a helpful list of resources related to both family worship and Christian education.
The second essay deals with the practical effects of the pagan practice of birth control upon the church and the growth of the kingdom of Christ.