I have been noting a shift in attitude (calling out contraception as being not open to life) within confessional Lutheranism for a while now, and this morning I see a vigorous discussion going on within a FB group, “Confessional Lutheran Memes” (similar in style and tone to “Catholic Memes” :))
snipped - from a discussion regarding the homosexuality, divorce & contraception
"We’re not talking about just Luther. Every orthodox theologian in the history of the Church, including all Lutheran theologians, were in unanimous agreement concerning the fact that contraception is against the teachings of Sacred Scripture, until a bunch of Anglicans in 1940 decided it wasn’t. Then the rest of sectarian protestantism fell in line and, unfortunately, so did some “Lutherans.” This is unacceptable.
The Onan account proves God’s disdain toward the sodomitic sin of contraception. What Onan did (prohibiting conception) “displeased the Lord” and caused the Lord to kill him. The sin of Judah, on the other hand, who failed to fulfill the levirate duty through his son Selah, did not warrant death. If your interpretation, i.e. that God was only mad about the failure to fulfill the levirate duty, was accurate, Judah would have also warranted being killed like his sons Er and Onan. But he was not killed because the text specifically says that the act of contraception displeased the Lord and caused Onan’s death."
Despite all of the humor and irony this group of confessionals put out on Facebook, there is some serious teaching going on as well. On this subject at least, I think our Roman Catholic siblings can agree with Luther:
“This is a most disgraceful sin. It is far more atrocious than incest and adultery. We call it unchastity, yes, a Sodomitic sin. For Onan goes in to her; that is, he lies with her and copulates, and when it comes to the point of insemination, spills the semen, lest the woman conceive. Surely at such a time the order of nature established by God in procreation should be followed” (The Blessed Reformer, Luther’s Works: Lectures on Genesis, p. 21).
Thank God for His patience with our waywardness.