If sex is all about intimacy, the homosexualists are right...

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Concerning sex, you either start with the Garden of Eden and faith, or you start with Sodom and Gomorrah, and fear...

In Eden, God made woman to be Adam's helper and Adam received this gift of God with joy and passion: "bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh, she shall be called wo-man for she was taken out of man." Then God commanded man and his wo-man to make fruitful love, repeating this command five times in the first nine chapters of Holy Scripture:

God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”  - Genesis 1:22

God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”  - Genesis 1:28

"Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you, birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, that they may breed abundantly on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.”  - Genesis 8:17

And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.  - Genesis 9:1

"As for you, be fruitful and multiply; Populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it.”  - Genesis 9:7

Note that these are commands, and that they are given both before and after the Fall. That means the Fall changed nothing. Regardless of the corruption of sex and marriage and nature the Fall brought into this beautiful world, man's call from God remains the same: we are to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth; we are to populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it.

For the first ten years of ministry, I took part in something called the "Renewal Executives Fellowship Group" which met once a year to strategize about how our reform organizations should work for reform in our respective mainline Protestant denominations. One meeting down in Asbury hosted by the Good News folks of the United Methodist Church, a senior pastor of an influential Evangelical congregation came to report how the work was going in the United Methodists' national committee to study human sexuality...

All our denominations were having these committees at this time and the goal of each committee regardless of the denomination was to lead the denomination to embrace sodomy (which, at the time, Evangelicals opposed). So this pastor of a very big and rich Evangelical church had been appointed as the token conservative on his denomination's committee and he had come to report to us how the committee's work was proceeding. It was a report from front lines, as it were.

There were about twenty-five of us from renewal groups within the Disciples of Christ, Presbyterian Church (USA), United Methodist, United Church of Christ, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (then "LCA"), Episcopal Church, and maybe a couple other denominations, and we sat and listened as this pastor recounted his efforts to oppose the endorsement of sodomy by this United Methodist committee. When he was done, there was a time for questions and I asked whether we Protestants had not committed a fatal error by turning our backs on God's command to be fruitful and multiply? Sex cut off from fruitfulness reduced the marriage bed to nothing but intimacy, and if we had already accepted that premise, why shouldn't the homosexuals get intimacy, too? On what grounds could we deny them this joy simply because they wanted it with someone of the same sex whereas we were wired to want it from the opposite sex?

You should have been there. You would have thought I'd stood up and questioned the global warming myth standing in front of the podium at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Children wailed. Men beat their chests and shouted. Women fainted. Dogs howled. And the tall-steeple United Methodist pastor was furious, responding, "I suppose you want us to breed until we have as many people as India?" There was no further discussion of my stupidity.

From that day on, I knew the truth. The battle against sodomy doesn't begin with the defense of laws against sodomy in the ecclesiastical or civil realms, but with men marrying women they want to make fruitful love to, and those men and their wo-men obeying God's command by being fruitful, multiplying, and filling the earth with their descendants. This is how God made us, and God bless the poor who have not yet been educated out of this understanding of marriage.

So do you live in faith, and with your home and your mouth constantly confess this truth? Or are you afraid? Too many children? Too much work? Too much money? Too many years of diapers? Too much life?

Are you afraid of what the sodomites down in the town square will say to you? Or do to your sons and daughters?

Do you love, or have you turned from love to fear?

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.  - 1John 4:18

What hipsters like to refer to as "human flourishing" begins with all men—not just Christians—embracing the goodness of fruitful love and a filled earth. And if you've flown anywhere recently, you know this world has only begun this work—even in China and India. Which is to say, anyone who flies over the earth knows the earth is nothing but empty wilderness just waiting to feed man, the crown of God's creation, as he gives himself to his wife and makes fruitful love.

These are my thoughts as I read the web pages of a new work trying to get women off the Pill by trying to get them onto other more natural forms of contraception. This is a good work insofar as it is successful in warning women away from the oral and subcutaneous (Bill and Melinda Gates) hormonal methods of contraception and birth control (when these methods prohibit the embryo from implanting on the uterine wall), and thus improving the health of women and their children. But a much better and more natural way of improving the health of women and their children, as well as the family's husband and father, is to turn away from making money to making fruitful marital love.

On God's green earth, there's never any need to justify the fruitful lovemaking of a man and his wo-man. This is our Father's world.

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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