One question rarely entertained by Christians is whether or not Jesus could have been conceived out of wedlock. According to John 8:41, the Pharisees appeared to think so. This is what it says. “‘All of you do the deeds of your father.’ Then said they to him, ‘We be not conceived of fornication; we have one Father, even God.'” But can we consider Christ to have been conceived out of wedlock? After all, Mary’s husband, Joseph, wasn’t yet married to her.

According to Hank Hanegraaff of The Bible Answer Man, the Son of God wasn’t conceived out of wedlock. The Holy Spirit came over Mary and created what would become Jesus’ body. Therefore it was a supernatural act and had no taint of sin.

I also believe that since God gave humanity the restrictions against sex outside of marriage to protect us, what the third member of the Trinity caused was outside those parameters.

Perhaps the lack of discussion on this point is due to  the topic of children conceived outside of marriage. It has been taboo for many centuries. The poor children were blamed for their “unfortunate” births as well as their mothers for becoming pregnant. Fortunately for us all, people are changing their attitude toward these victims of rape or their parent’s sin.

My half-sister, Jentien, is a good example. She was the product of a rape and since my mom wasn’t married at the time, she gave up her daughter for adoption. Through the providence of God, she was adopted by a minister and raised with his family as one of them. Even so, society frowned upon people such as her until recently.

However, a few folks still consider these children to be wicked. Such critical people should remember the birth of Christ and the ugly rumors which circulated about it.

From my reading of the Bible, I believe that no child is illegitimate. Every human is a body-soul unity. God allows some to be conceived out of wedlock but he still loves them. In fact, he uses situations in their lives to call them to repentance. Jesus died on the cross for all who would surrender to him. He didn’t qualify it by excluding any group of people.

The trouble with legalism is that it appeals to our fleshly nature. I was a victim of it and I also participated in this sin in the past. I wrote about how a toxic church misled me and how the Lord straightened me out in How I Was Razed: A Journey from Cultism to Christianity. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Virtual Bookworm Publishers distribute this wonderful testimony of the Lord’s marvelous leading.


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2 thoughts on “WAS CHRIST Conceived OUT OF WEDLOCK?”

  1. Bruce, I am amazed at Hank Hanegraaff. Remember back in the Fall of 2006 when “The Nativity Story” film was about to be released? It was Hugh Hewitt, Anne Graham Lotz, Frank Wright (president of the national religious broadcasters) and Hank Hanegraaff who widely endorsed and interviewed the makers of this film. In this film, if you don’t remember the scene, prior to Mary leaving to visit Elizabeth her family sat down with her during a meal and told her she would be chaperoned throughout her “entire” trip . Upon returning from Elizabeth’s, Mary was visibly pregnant and her father, her mother and Joseph confronted her on this issue and her father (the one who guaranteed her safety on the way, during, and her return) asked her if she was “with one of Herods men” (slept with) This question is completely inconsistent with the rest of the screenplay. Why would Hank Hanegraaff endorsed such a film if this is his position concerning her legitimate pregnancy because isn’t this film calling that into question?? I brought this issue up and haven’t received a reply yet from CRI. It’s been six years.

    1. I hadn’t heard of this movie so I can’t comment on it. Though I agree with most of what Hank Hanegraaff teaches, I don’t take what he says without a lot of thought.

      What you’ve written also makes me wonder about Hank’s endorsement policy. There are many excellent apologetic books written but he seems to pick only his friends for his interviews. An author such as myself hasn’t a chance to gain exposure with his friends-only policy in place.

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