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Pastor: Miscarriage Possibly Caused By Husband's Porn (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Pastor John Piper suggested Nov. 14 that a wife may have suffered a miscarriage because of her husband's use of porn (video below).

The husband wrote to Piper's "Ask Pastor John" podcast with this question: "Pastor John, did God cause, or would God cause, my wife to miscarry our child because I have a struggle with lust and pornography? I have a lot of guilt right now, and I don’t know how to think about God’s discipline and punishment for my sin. I’m very confused, please help."

Piper went into a lengthy answer that covered four topics, and left open the possibility that the miscarriage may have been caused by porn:

Every loss that we endure as sinful children of God have two designs: one from Satan, one from God. Satan designs our unbelief and rebellion and renunciation and guilt and paralysis and loss of faith. God designs our purification and that we would hope less in this world and more in God who raises the dead.

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I don’t know whether our friend who wrote this question lost his child in miscarriage as a direct discipline from God because of his pornography. I do not know. He does not know. I do know that in the loss of the child, God wills a new humility and a new submission and a new faith and new purity through the pain of this loss.

In January 2005, Piper blamed a tsunami in Thailand in part on the sins of topless sunbathers:

The point of every deadly calamity is this: Repent. Let our hearts be broken that God means so little to us. Grieve that he is a whipping boy to be blamed for pain, but not praised for pleasure. Lament that he makes headlines only when man mocks his power, but no headlines for ten thousand days of wrath withheld...

But the topless sunbathers amid the tsunami aftermath in Phuket, Thailand did not get the message. Neither did the man who barely escaped the mighty wave with the help of a jungle gym and palm-leaf roof.

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After a bridge collapsed and killed several people in Minneapolis in 2007, Piper recalled telling his 11-year-old daughter: "God had a purpose for not holding up that bridge, knowing all that would happen, and he is infinitely wise in all that he wills."

Piper recalled that his daughter added her own dark scenario: "Talitha said, 'Maybe he let it fall because he wanted all the people of Minneapolis to fear him.' 'Yes, Talitha,' I said, 'I am sure that is one of the reasons God let the bridge fall.'"

Sources: Desiring God (2) (3) / Photo credit: Desiring God

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