Conception Control
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Conception Control

Avoiding Antinomianism and Legalism

About the Book

Is conception control part of the Dominion Mandate? If so, are there limits to man’s dominion? In what ways did the Fall impact the conception portion of the Dominion Mandate? In what ways does Redemption impact conception? May a couple seek medical help in order to conceive? Are there limits to what medicine can ethically achieve in conception? Are there sexual practices within marriage that the Bible prohibits? How does one’s view of conception control and birth control impact other areas of life?

About the Author

Phillip Kayser
Phillip Kayser

Phillip Kayser has degrees in education, theology, and philosophy. Ordained in 1987, he currently serves as Senior Pastor of Dominion Covenant Church, a Presbyterian (CPC) church in Omaha, Nebraska. He also serves as Professor of Ethics at Whitefield Theological Seminary and President of the Providential History Festival.

Pastor Kayser has spoken at over 50 conferences in the last 10+ years, such as the National Council of Family Integrated Churches conference and the Generations Shepherds Conference. He also helps churches and church plants with problem solving.

Most of his sermons are online, along with many other booklets, blog posts, and other valuable resources at

Table of Contents

  • What Is at Stake?
  • 1. Full Quiver, Yes — Legalism, No; What We Have in Common With the NCC Movement
    • I am genuinely thankful for the NCC movement
    • Let’s recognize that legalism can easily invade even the best of movements
    • Interacting With The Legitimate Arguments For NCC
  • 2. Defining Terms
    • Control
    • Conception
    • Limited
    • Biblically
  • 3. How Should We Define Sin?
    • The Regulative Principle of Government
    • The Principle of Liberty
    • Applying these two principles
    • Applying this to the Onan passage of Genesis 38
    • Apply this to the “argument from silence”
  • 4. What Was the Sin of Onan?
    • The six Biblical laws violated by Onan
    • Is “wasting” seed sin when it avoids the previous six sins?
    • Discussion questions
  • 5. Does BLCC Violate the Creation Mandate for Fruitfulness?
    • Biblical principles related to the BLCC definition of fruitfulness
    • The Law of God itself places limits on fruitfulness
  • 6. The Impact of the Fall on Procreation
    • God cursed conception by multiplying it “greatly”
    • Other Scriptural support for the curse extending to conception
    • Supporting evidence from the immediate context
    • Discussion questions
  • 7. The Fallacy of the False Dilemma
  • 8. The Impact of Redemption on Procreation
    • Exegesis and application of 1 Timothy 2:15
    • Exegesis and application of Genesis 18:19
    • Discussion questions
  • 9. Is BLCC Failure to Trust God?
    • General discussion
    • Illustration of protecting a baby
    • Illustration of trying to conceive
    • Discussion questions
  • 10. Can the Pleasure of Sex Be Separated From Procreation?
  • 11. More Logical Problems With NCC
  • 12. Ethical Principles That Restrict Conception Control
    • Casting off a fertilized egg is abortion, a form of murder
    • Menstrual sex not allowed, but not for reasons stated by NCC advocates
    • Principles related to the health of the mother
    • Principles ruling out permanent solutions
  • 13. Which Methods of Conception Control Are Lawful?
    • Cautions on applying Biblical principles to scientific discoveries
    • Methods typically used by Biblically Limited Conception Control
    • Methods used by some BLCC advocates, but avoided by us because of potential health issues.
    • Methods avoided by most BLCC because of controversies over health issues and potential of abortifacient mechanisms
    • In closing
  • Appendix: Some Thoughts on the Legitimacy of Conception Control
    • How does Christ’s work of redemption affect this judgment on men?
    • What about the judgment God pronounced on the woman?
    • Why Has Withdrawal Been Nearly Universally Considered Murder in Church History?
    • Objections To Understanding Genesis 3:16 As Referring To An Increase In Conception
    • Conclusion
  • Notes

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