OTD In American Religious History: Southern Presbyterian Church: Sex in Marriage Without Intent to Conceive is Not a Sin


The 100th General Assembly of the Southern Presbyterian Church (PCUS) passed a resolution declaring that sexual relations in the context of marriage but without the intent to conceive children were not sinful.

The Statement reads:

“The sexual relation is the creation of God and is not therefore evil in itself. Within the marital bond it is to be regarded not merely as a means of bringing children into the world but also as a divine provision for the mutual fulfillment.

The bringing of children into the world is a privilege not to be lightly or selfishly evaded by married couples.

On the other hand the responsibility of prospective parents obligates them to consider well how their children are to be provided with that which will make for their best physical, cultural, moral and spiritual development.”

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