The Subtle Indoctrination of the 21st Century's Birth Control Culture

Tuesday, August 1, 2017


Today we will hear from guest writer Sarah Lofgren, a dear friend of mine from missions school. The issue of birth control, and what hangs in the balance--little lives--is one we seek to speak up about here at Let My Life Be a Light. Not because we think it's fun to jump into the raging waters of controversial issues, but because Jesus is worthy of every life He has created, and because He longs for these littles to be protected. May we be the people who stand for those who are dying even when most other individuals in our culture choose to sit.

Let’s play Guess Who! See if you know who these people are:


Person #1: I am know as the deceiver; I steal away good things. I love to provoke, cause confusion, discord, frustration, disunity, and brokenness. I love death, murder, assassination, execution, slaughter, and massacre. I am known as the fallen angel, but I think fallen is a rather extreme term considering the fact that I definitely know better than God and am wiser than Him.


A lot of people in the world thought I was quite powerful (as I [suppose] I am) at the fall, on 911, the Titanic, and during World War II--some people even credited me with puppeteering Hitler.   


Who am I? Satan.


Here’s our next Person: All my ways are good. I am the Way the Truth, and the Life. Although people are shaken, I remain unshaken and unchanged. What I say, I do; I have never once altered, nor will I ever. Everything in my Book is True to this day, and all the Deceiver's lies flea away at the entrance of my Light.


Who am I? The I AM!


As Christians, we strongly desire to be Jesus’ hands and feet to this generation, we fervently pray for life to be protected, interceding on their behalf. If you knew a mom in need, who didn’t feel prepared for parenthood, I’m confident, as you seek to share Christ’s love with her, you would do whatever you could to help her. Maybe even adopt her child. But did you know there is a side to this discussion on life that is considered inappropriate to discuss? According to one statistic, 90% of Christians unite on this view. [1]


It is a topic highly controversial, this may even prick some of you, sending a tickle up your spine as you read. The controversy over this subject is astounding.


As I studied this subject, my goal was to find what the Bible truly has to say about this. Since this issue isn’t directly named in the Word, we have to look at the nature of God and see if it aligns with his nature. We just dove into a small refresher on who He is, during our Guess Who? game… Let’s explore what’s ahead with that lens!


  The beginning of the popularization of this view was in 1919 and it became legalized in 1960.  One of the main activists to push this controversial thing into being available to anyone, was a woman named Margaret Sanger. An atheist, advocate of eugenics and the founder of Planned Parenthood.  She got behind this movement financially and strongly endorsed it politically.


So what was this? Abortion? It was the very beginning of abortion: birth control.


Sanger claimed that birth control would stop lower class woman from having unsafe abortions and promote women’s health.  What she wrote in her books and spoke openly of shows she had a completely different motive, though--she wanted population control. She said: “Birth control itself, often denounced as a violation of natural law, is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or of those who will become defectives.” [2]


  Sanger called the various methods of population control, including abortion, “defending the unborn against their own disabilities.” [3] She states that “The results desired are obviously selective births. War, famine, poverty and oppression of the workers will continue while women makes life cheap. They will cease only when she limits her reproductivity and human life is no longer a thing to be wasted.”   She thinks that by limiting the number of children born and only allowing select women from high classes to have those babies, we could have the perfect society. Sanger considered anyone with special needs--such as Down Syndrome, Autism, or Paraplegia--or individuals any race besides Caucasian, as one who needed to be permanently eliminated from the planet. She also wanted to wipe out criminals and the poor.



This is clearly a unbiblical view because it does not align with God’s character.


Acts 10:34 says: “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, “Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.”
  Beyond the terrible motives and ideas behind birth control, it is also very harmful to a woman's health. According to Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, a surgeon and clinical assistant professor of surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, “Women that use birth control are placing themselves at greater risk for cancer, blood clots, and heart attacks.” And the International Agency on Research on Cancer recorded in their report “Monograph 91” that the very popular estrogen-progesterone form of birth control was a group 1 carcinogen for breast, cervical, and liver cancer. This is the highest danger rating. [4]
   
Birth control is also able to cause abortion. The synthetic hormones used in birth control change the lining of a woman’s uterus making it almost impossible for fertilized eggs to implant. Therefore, the 7 to 14 day-old embryo becomes a  forced miscarriage since it is unable to implant into the uterus and get the sustenance it needs.
 
 Have you ever heard someone say, “I’m never having more than two kids!” Or “we just had baby number 5 and we can’t imagine adding another to our family!”?


If God is the giver of life then why do we think we need to take control of if and when children come into existence?



  Psalm 139:13-16 says: “You formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”


Verse 16 says His eyes saw your substance, being yet unformed. In Greek this refers to an embryo or fetus. If God sees an embryo being yet unformed, and plans out and writes their days in his book, He see’s that embryo as a living being.


The pill has reworked the modern view of children to being optional accessories. I believe that Christians have picked up on this general attitude.


As Christians have we determined whether our view on birth control is shaped by the culture or by the Bible?


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  1. “Woman and the New Race,” 1920, Chapter 18: The Goal
  2. “A Plan for Peace,” Birth Control Review, April 1932, pages 107-108
  3. Find More on Monograph 91 and the risks of birth control here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1f3Tt1yDk