I remember a time when a false teaching and practice started infiltrating certain Christian church circles I was in, where they taught that you are supposed to birth your own destiny. Well-known preachers, who brought in this doctrine, also taught that ‘spiritual midwives’ were needed to help birth out your destiny. I have seen women and men travailing, groaning, moaning, and screaming, as they were literally giving birth to a spiritual child, which represents whatever God wanted for their lives. In some cases, even Jesus Christ is being birthed. There were also women who would place someone between their spread legs, as if they were birthing them to become their spiritual child.
When I was watching all of this, my spirit was always troubled, and I thought to myself, “How come the will of God for our lives is so hard to manifest on its own, that we now need to help God bring about what He has purposed and destined for our lives through birthing?”
Many Christians in those church circles jumped on the bandwagon of this birthing and spiritual midwives teachings, because it sounded so spiritual and deep, never questioning whether it is biblical, or what the origins are. They are being taught, that the birth of anything is wonderful, glorious, blessed, and holy!
The preachers of the birthing doctrine based much of this teaching on the Bible book of Romans, chapter 8 verses 22 to 27, where it says:
“For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)
And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.” Romans 8:22-27 NLT
However, in these verses, the apostle Paul is explaining how suffering relates to God’s redemptive purpose. The mysterious “groanings” of the Holy Spirit mentioned amplifies the moans of creation and of believers, meaning that they are voicing a deep, inarticulate sound, as of pain, grief, or displeasure. Since the Holy Spirit is deity, He needs no words, for God knows the intent of the Spirit!
That’s why it says we can be confident that God hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him! And since we know He hears us when we make our requests, we also know that He will give us what we ask for! (See 1. John 5:14-15)
Therefore, there is absolutely no need to go lay down and birth anything! And there is certainly no need for the help of any spiritual midwife! Neither Jesus nor His disciples practiced any of this birthing foolishness!!!
The ‘Spiritual Midwifery’ that has been pushed in the church, has its roots in the New Age. In the 1970s, there was a lady named Ina May Gaskin who came up with the term or phrase Spiritual Midwifery, and was considered the Mother of Midwifery. She started out as a hippie trying to make the childbirth experience for mothers a more pleasant and intimate one. The whole concept of it worships the birth experience, even the child. She speaks in her book using terminologies like “energy” and “religious,” that is very common in the New Age movement.
Other spiritual midwives speak of their ‘spirit guides’ and operating in the 5th spiritual dimension.
This concept of birthing and spiritual wives is borrowed from witches, who serve the agenda of the enemy, Satan, to copy God’s ability to create.
These famous preachers are nothing more than instruments of Satan to introduce false doctrines into the church! Spiritual midwives and birthing things in the spirit is one of them!
“These people are false apostles. They are deceitful workers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ. But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness.” 2. Corinthians 11:13-15 NLT