The Scripture does not even envision married couples who choose not to have children. The shocking reality is that some Christians have bought into this lifestyle and claim childlessness as a legitimate option. The rise of modern contraceptives has made this technologically possible. But the fact remains that though childlessness may be made possible by the contraceptive revolution, it remains a form of rebellion against God's design and order.
He goes on to repudiate efforts "to separate the pleasure of sex from the power of procreation" and denounces those who "want to have the joys of sex and marital companionship without the responsibilities of parenthood." Worst of all, "To demand that marriage means sex -- but not children -- is to defraud the creator of His joy and pleasure in seeing the saints raising His children."
Why has Mohler suddenly become so concerned about couples who think the world's population will continue to grow astronomically without their participation?
I suspect that he and other Southern Baptists are preparing to blame the declining growth in membership of the denomination on declining birthrates among Baptists. He insists that, "Parenthood is not a hobby, but represents one of the most crucial opportunities for the making of saints found in this life."
The truth is, Mohler's rigidly procreative understanding of sex and marriage owes more to Augustine and Aquinas than it does to the Bible.
What moral and procreative difference is there between the Apostle Paul's saying, "I wish that all were as I myself am [celibate and childless]" (1 Corinthians 7:7) and any missionary couple who might say, "We have decided to not have children in order to serve God more freely"?