Some people ask, “Does it really matter if someone doesn’t believe in
the virgin birth?” The answer is, “Of course it does!” To begin with
that would mean that they don’t believe in the Bible both Old and New
Testaments, for the virgin birth is predicted in the Old Testament
(Isaiah 7:14) and recorded in the New (Matthew and Luke). But there is
even more as today’s attached devotional explains. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Matthew 1:18-25 (ESV)
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
“The impression is…often produced that many men who reject the virgin birth maintain in general the New Testament account of our Lord. But that impression is entirely false. There have been, it is true, a few men in the history of the modern Church who have rejected the virgin birth and yet have accepted the supernatural Christ and have believed in His true resurrection from the dead. But these men have been few and far between; and it would probably be impossible to name a single one of any prominence who is living today. Particularly false is the notion that many men who deny the virgin birth yet accept the incarnation; for the men who deny the virgin birth usually mean by ‘incarnation’ almost the exact opposite of what Christians mean by that term. The truth is that the conflict about the virgin birth is only one phase of the great religious conflict of the day. And that conflict is a conflict between the Christian religion and a naturalistic or agnostic Modernism which is anti-Christian to the core.” [Historic Christianity: Selections for the Writings of J. Gresham Machen, edited by Stanley A. Mansfield, Carey C. Olson, John H. Skilton, and Joseph X. Heincer, Jr., (Philadelphia: A Skilton House Ministries-Sowers Publication, 1997), p. 59]