Chuck Smith Agrees With China: Children Are a Liability

Being the pious and compassionate souls we are, the Weekly staff continues to lift Calvary Chapel founder Chuck Smith up to the Lord as he battles cancer. The longer he lives, the more money quotes we get!

Chuck, who once pissed off family advocates by telling a caller to his Pastor's Perspective radio show that God wouldn't condemn her for having an abortion, has once again irked the values voters, this time saying children are a liability.

Chuck was dispensing wisdom on birth control during an April 30 segment of his show when he said:

"You know it used to be that a lot of children were assets. A child coming into the home was an asset because it was an agrarian society and you all had your own farms and the more children, the more help you had on the farm, and all. But, you know, as time went on and we became really a, no longer an agrarian society, but, you know, one that was really sort of dependent upon manufacturing, and so forth, children no longer became an asset, but they became a liability, and I think that when you figure now how much it costs to raise a child through high school and all, a lot of people, you know, they say, 'well, who needs them?' you know, because it just does cost a huge amount of money to clothe and feed them and all when they are not really producing or are productive and bringing back into the family, you know, financial assets and so forth, and thus they are a liability, rather than an asset today."

Now, to be fair and balanced, Chuck did say he loves the liabilities the Lord has blessed him with. Co-host Don Stewart added that the Bible says one who doesn't take care of his family is worse than an infidel, and that God's command to fill the earth has pretty much been fulfilled.

Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese activist who fights against forced abortions and sterilizations in his country, was not immediately available for comment. Nor did we actually try to call him.

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Lori Stephens Mills
Lori Stephens Mills

Seriously??? I am sure whoever wrote this would have yelled crucify him at Jesus's arrest. SHAME on you! I have listened to Chuck Smith for 24 years.  He is a compassionate man. He is a godly man. I have heard Chuck talk about children being a liability,,, and the WAY he describes it is true.They cost a lot of MONEY! He has a HUGE family and LOVES children. In the early years of our country children would work on farms,,, therefore they were an asset.( MADE MONEY)  His point being if someone CHOOSES to use BIRTH control as they do not want to have children and cannot afford them it is not a sin to prevent pregnancy. CHILDREN cost money! He simply was stating that parents do need to assess that they can take care of their children financially. Look at the Octomom. She now has 16 children and we are all paying for them. LORD Rebuke anyone who would attack Pastor Chuck for having a gracious heart. I pray in Jesus name ANYONE who attacks him receive it back 7 fold. In Jesus Name AMEN!


The problem with the word liability is its negative connotations. What may be a liability on a balance sheet can be a source of joy in your life. I get way more from my children than they cost me.


"I pray in Jesus name ANYONE who attacks him receive it back 7 fold" 

You are the type of Christian that made me leave Calvary Chapel.  

"Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous" (Matthew 5:44-45)

Laura Beaty
Laura Beaty

Did Jesus himself bless and Love his enemies- the Pharisees? Matthew 3:7 But when He saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to watch him baptize, he denounced them. “You brood of snakes!” he exclaimed. “Who warned you to flee God’s coming wrath?


Was I just lectured by someone who puts a party hat on a rabbit? 

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