Quoting Quiverful: Is Having Babies Everything?

QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders and aks our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull honestly and thoughtfully.


Truly God’s ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:7-8). Who could ever dream that infants and nursing babes could defeat the enemy? And yet this is what God says in Psalm 8:2, “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.” Every precious new baby that comes into the world, born in the image of God, is another opportunity to destroy the works of the devil. Even the Son of God, Creator and Ruler of the universe came into the world as a little baby and through doing this will one day bring ALL HIS ENEMIES UNDER HIS FEET.

I love the words of Frank Boreham, “We fancy that God can only manage His world by big battalions abroad, when all the while He is doing it by beautiful babies at home. When a wrong wants righting, or a truth wants preaching, or a continent wants opening, God sends a baby into the world to do it. That is why, long ago, a babe was born in Bethlehem.”

Perowne writes, “Out of the mouth even of lisping children Thou hast founded strength; Thou hast made them a bulwark or defence against those who rebel against Thee; with their praises and confessions Thou puttest to silence the malicious slanders of Thy enemies.”

Are you being blessed with another baby? Never despise the power of conception and the miracle of a new baby growing in your womb. Rejoice in the awesomeness of what is happening within you. A precious life is being prepared to come forth to impact this world. An eternal soul is growing within you that will live forever.

Love from Nancy

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  • Karen

    First off, I love how much they emphasize the good God can do through children. That’s something I can really like here.
    However, what struck me – especially with the Boreham quote – is the massive weight already being put upon those shoulders. Suddenly they become a group of little soldiers that, before they’re even out of the womb, have been drafted into a pretty overwhelming life. If they fail, for even one moment, to fight Satan after they’re born, they’ve put the whole army in terrible jeopardy and brought shame upon their family. No wonder QF/P families are so obsessed with disciplining the willpower out of them – childhood has been turned into bootcamp!

  • I don’t get it. It’s not the babies who right the wrongs or invade the countries (not at all the same thing), it’s the adults they grow up to be. And it’s difficult for an adult to accomplish much who is tied down nursing babies.

  • lucrezaborgia

    Check out Kelly from Generation Cedar. She wrote about the need to pump out babies after the election.

  • Lolly

    Agreed. Children should be born because they’re wanted, not because a problem in the world needs fixing. If they do grow up to be problem-fixers, that’s their choice as adults.

    Boreham’s words might hold true for babies… if they’re male. Right now, little Quiverfull girls who want to save the world when they grow up are being told that they can only do it through raising children.

  • Sarah Morehouse

    When there is a problem in the world, you step up and fix it. You don’t have a baby to fix it 30 years later. Baby will have his or her own problems to fix by then!

    This is just a way to tell women, “You don’t need to have any public role, because your role is to spawn men who will do the important things in the public sphere.”

    God’s not a dumb guy. If God only wanted men to do everything, he could have made the entire human race out of men, and figured out a way to eliminate the necessity of doing laundry and dishes. Women as nothing but domestic labor and breeding stock is a tremendous waste.

  • Jimmy Carter puts it so well;
    “The truth is that male religious leaders have had — and still have — an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women,” Carter said. “They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter.”
    “It is simply self-defeating for any community to discriminate against half its population. We need to challenge these self-serving and out-dated attitudes and practices.
    This discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a Higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women’s equal rights across the world for centuries,” he said. “The male interpretations of religious texts and the way they interact with, and reinforce, traditional practices justify some of the most pervasive, persistent, flagrant and damaging examples of human rights abuses.”

  • Lucrezaborgia thanks for the tip. I started reading through Kelly Crawford’s blog and it’s chockablock with all the most revolting ideas of QF..

  • lucrezaborgia

    She has written in the past about marriage making you holy, not happy. Yet being holy will make you happy???