"Be Thou the Mother of Thousands of Millions, and Let Thy Seed Possess the Gate . . ."
Can you imagine attending a wedding where the family and friends offered the above blessing to a new bride? Yet these words of encouragement, once offered to Rebekah on the advent of her marriage to Isaac (Genesis 24:60), beautifully communicate the heart of God's command to Christian husbands and wives that they be exceedingly fruitful and raise children who will influence all of culture and society for the glory of God.
There is no escaping the fact that the Bible is dogmatically pro-child. In fact, it declares unapologetically that the birth of many children is a source of blessing, that a key reason for marriage is to bring forth many children for the glory of God, and that parents should actively seek such blessings.
But if this is true, why do so many Christian married couples chose to "cut off their seed?" What if any biblical basis exists for deliberately thwarting the birth of children? Is it ever "good stewardship" to prevent children on the basis of financial concerns? These and related questions are examined in the light of Scripture in this groundbreaking study guide for Christian couples prepared by Nancy Campbell.