Is it a sin for Christians to marry and have children?

By Robert K. Sanders


BIBLE NO "Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge". (Heb. 13:4 KJ V) .

BIBLE NO "Let every man have his own wife and let every woman have her own husband". (1 Cor. 7: 2 KJV).

BIBLE NO "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times, some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry. . . , (1Tim 4:1-3 KJ V).

Ellen G. White, YES "It was not in accord with our faith or God's will that our missionaries should fill their hands with cares and burdens that were not essential to the work... I was shown that Brother and Sister V_______ had departed from God's counsel in bringing into the world children. God required all there was of them in his work or the Master, but the enemy came in, and his counsel was followed... God will say to them, "Who required this at your hands?" When I learned that were to soon have an increase in your family, I knew that you were not doing the will of God, but following your own incantations to please yourselves. I have special light in regard to these things, but hardly know how to present it before our people.

"The missionaries had better set the people an example in these things that correspond with our faith. . ... I am called to write testimonies to different ones in regard to their inconsistency of their going out into distant fields and at the same time bringing children into world and that will increase their cares in a large degree. I am distressed as I see the state of things among our workers. Brother and Sister E professedly, they gave themselves to the missionary work, but all the time have labored as faithfully as if the salvation of their souls depended upon how large a number of children they could bring into the world. ...How much better would have been their influence if they had not married .... These had cases will illustrate all..."

"The time is and has been for years, that bringing children into the world is more an occasion of grief than joy. The very atmosphere is polluted. Satan controls these children, and the Lord has but little to do with them ...If our workers were walking close to God, they would see the situation, and would feel that it was no matter of rejoicing to bring a child into the world.

"I am thoroughly disgusted with the course of our preachers and ministers. They seem to think one the most important branches of the work is first to get as many children into the world as possible; then if they can give the remnant of their thought and ability to the work, they are doing all God required of them. We shall need a voice like John the Baptist to show my people their transgressions, and the house of Israel their sins"

(EGW Testimony bearing code mark DF97c; published in God's Love-The Remnant Church S.A. Nagel , pp. 68, 69, (500 copies were printed by S.A. Nagel, Sr. and subsequently recalled and destroyed by the General Conference. One copy remains .)

Note: Just think of the hypocrisy of Ellen G. White. How many children did she have? She had four boys. Henry Nichols (1847-1863, James Edson (1849-1928), William Clarence (1854-1937), John Herbert (1860) died at the age of three months.

Does what Jesus says about hypocrites apply the the Seventh-day Adventist prophetess?

Matt 23:27-28 (NIV) “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.


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