You really need to brush up history. Until 1930, All Christians considered birth control a Sin. The all caved in to the pressure of their congregations in 1960 when the pill came out. They did not want to lose pew sitters.Mike I do not believe that the contraception issue has ever been a sin. Being a eunuch is not a sin in the bible but their owners who made them that way were not even charged for doing that to their slaves. I believe that was a sin.
Abortion is a sin! Not the same thing as contraception-I know you will disagree and I know why. I agree that it is perfectly ok for those catholics who do practice the issue according to catholic guidelines-but scripture does not bind it, it is a catholic tradition-clearly not a sin.
Do Catholics use the Pill? OF course they do, but they are taught that is a mortal sin.
From the beginning of Christian history until the 19th century, the teaching held that contraception was sinful, says Allan Carlson, the author of Godly Seed: American Evangelicals Confront Birth Control, 1873-1973.Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth until the 1920s, all Protestants formally read that as being a ban on contraception, Dr. Carlson says,and all Protestants held to the Christian convention that birth control was sinful, for the same reason and in the same way abortion was.
But that consensus started to break down in the 1920s, Dr. Carlson says. The Church of England accepted birth control in 1930, and American Protestant bodies soon followed.
Highly conservative Protestants such as Mary Pride, Charles D. Provan, Hess and Hess, and Rachel Scott, argue that Protestants should not have moved away from traditional Protestant views of contraception such as given by Martin Luther and John Calvin. Such modern authors contrast the views of early Reformers who rejected contraception with modern Christians who accept it, and point to primarily feminist, secular, or Satanic influences as causative to the change.
Provan in his The Bible and Birth Control extensively quotes early Protestant views of birth control, which Provan uses to conclude,
If Martin Luther were alive today, would he not disapprove of many Christians who view children as a bad thing, and so practice birth control to prevent God from sending more blessings to them?... Truly Scriptural principles do not change at all: therefore Christians should willingly receive the blessings which God has for us, and not try to prevent them.
Reformed scholars such as James B. Jordan, however, maintain that Provan's view has the effect of adding a law to the Bible it does not contain. Jordan states,
Jesus repeatedly denounced the Pharisees for their additions to the Law of God. Thus, we must be extremely careful about what laws we lay down for people. Does the Bible clearly state that contraception is sinful, or that people are obligated to have as many children as possible? If the Bible does not say these things, we need to fear God and be frightened of adding to His Word.
Jordan argues also that the views of early Protestant Reformers on contraception are unreliable because they were heavily influenced by not just the Bible.....