It has always been a good experience when I’ve been able to meet the people I’ve quoted from on this site. One such person is Joseph Stephen; I love how he took a trope from popular culture, analysed it, and defeated it with Scripture and everyday experience:
I know of a godly woman who was branded filthy by a church elder when he learned she was expecting her sixth child. The parents of any large family, especially a home-schooling one that perhaps also run a family business, will tell you they are extremely busy people. Marital intimacy is not at the top of the list of the ways they spend their time!
I don’t know how many comments I’ve had over the past few years implying “this is what happens when you don’t have a television.” I mention this to dispel that myth. Even if it were true, Hebrews 13:4 says, “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled,” and Isaiah 5:20 says, “Woe to them that call evil good and good evil.” The filthiness was in that elder’s mind, not in this dear sister’s heart.
For if believers search the Scriptures they will see God never calls children a nuisance or something to be avoided or limited. God never called a woman filthy for having a lot of children. Rebekah’s family sent her off with the following blessing, written for our learning. “And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them” (Gen. 24:60).
On the contrary, children are a blessing, and those who had none were the cursed ones in Scripture, not those who had children.
Stephen, J. (2010). The Sufficiency of Scripture: The Key to Revival. Pleasant Word, Enumclaw, pp. 80-81