God commands us to be fruitful and multiply; he opens and closes the womb at his pleasure; he calleth those things which be not as though they were; he slew Onan for spilling his seed on the ground; when Mary conceived by the Holy Spirit, God did not ask for her permission; he declared it, and she said, “Behold, the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” He is the Creator of life, and he alone. Nor is there any scientific way to prove that contraception is effective, because it is impossible to know that a child would have been conceived without it. And a person has unconditional worth; the inner value of a person does not depend on any conditions or circumstances, nor even upon its very existence, but the concept alone of a human life commands our respect, and requires that we do nothing to prevent it from entering into the world. And the historic church voices itself against contraception, as infringing upon the Lord’s sole jurisdiction in this matter.Read More
1. Pray in faith. Believe that God hears prayer, as much and more than you can imagine or desire. Prayer works. Prayer gives God a reason to act. God wants reasons to act!
2. Pray fervently. Afflict your soul. Humble your heart. Come into his presence with reverence. Pour out your heart to him. Give him your grief, and he will bear your burden. Pray the more fervently the more you suffer.
3. Pray in righteousness. Do not come before him with an evil heart. Confess your sins. Acknowledge your shortcomings. Do not keep back from him either your soul, but put away wickedness from your heart.
4. Always seek a higher degree of sanctification. However fervently you pray, pray more fervently still.
5. Pray always. Have this mindset within you. Let your eyes always be looking toward God.
6. Pray in all things, by measure, and in proportion. As you are always in his presence, so let every need and desire be subjected to his sovereign care, that his work may be perfected in you.
It is lawful for a man to befriend a woman, as Jesus befriended Mary Magdalene; to be alone together, as Jesus with Mary at his tomb; and to touch, as Mary touched Jesus after his resurrection, and he rebuked her, not because it was impure, but because he had not yet ascended to his Father.Read More