The Superintendent Minister of the Methodist Church in Saint Lucia is encouraging married couples here who can, to produce children.
Seth Ampadu preached the message during a sermon at the Forestiere Methodist Church last Sunday, while addressing the topic of the impact of marriage on family and the society.
In a subsequent interview, the Methodist official asserted that God made man and woman to form a family.
“So how would the family be formed? Through procreation,” Ampadu declared.
“So if you have the ability to give birth, then you need to give birth in order to extend the family,” he told St Lucia Times.
He explained that if married couples who can produce children decide not to do so, there will be no ‘continuity.’
“That is why in the wisdom of God, God said to multiply and fill the land; so it i important that married couples who are able and capable to have children should have them,” the Clergyman stated.
However he acknowledged that not every couple can have children.
“It could be medical grounds or something of the sort,” Ampadu observed.
“But once you are able, it is God that determines,” he said.
On the issue of married couples who choose not to have children in order to pursue careers or to avoid the challenges of bringing up children in an increasingly difficult world, Ampadu declared that it is an individual choice.
But he said if the parents of those people had made a similar decision, they would not have come into the world.
“The point is that if you have the ability to procreate, you have to do so,” Ampadu declared.
“God made man and woman to procreate, to produce the family,” he asserted.