Quoting Quiverfull: Throwing Stones?

by Doug Wilson of Blog and Mablog – A Moon Crater

I need to say a quick something about Exodus International shutting down, as they did so with apologies extended to gays and lesbians who had been harmed by their reparative therapy.

Here is how one news story put it:

“Exodus is an institution in the conservative Christian world, but we’ve ceased to be a living, breathing organism,” Alan Chambers, president of Exodus, said in a statement. “For quite some time we’ve been imprisoned in a worldview that’s neither honoring toward our fellow human beings, nor biblical.”

I want first to note the obvious thing about this, and then two others things that are perhaps not so obvious. The obvious thing is that this is a capitulation, a collapse, an apostasy, a travesty, and a moon crater. This is an instance of an organization that existed to call men and women to biblical repentance, and has wound up repenting of their belief in the need for any such repentance. So here is the first lesson — never repent of repenting. Bad idea.

A couple not so obvious things. This was an organization clearly dependent, in an unhealthy way, on one guy. It was a parachurch organization, and its governmental structure was plainly not built for the ages. Like so many evangelical parachurch operations, it appears to have been the kind of thing that revolved around its personali . . . its president in a way that ceded way too much authority to him. The mainline denominations are all going through this very same apostasy, but notice for them how agonizingly slowly it has gone. This is because there is still some measure of accountability there, and thus the possibility of effective opposition.

And last, note how the apology is phrased — we, the bad guys of Exodus International “were imprisoned” in what we were doing. We were the bad guys, but . . . but we were victims too! Alan Chambers has bet on the wrong horse, but you can understand why he did. The path of ambition today seems to require attaining victim status somehow, and Chambers has identified what he thinks is the way. “We were trapped . . . trapped . . . it was dark, hard to breath . . .”

In my mind’s eye, I can see when Lot was leaving Sodom, how there was a group of men at the city limits laughing at him. “You know,” they said, “you’re on the wrong side of history.” Lot’s wife nodded slightly, wishing she had married that Chambers fellow instead.

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QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders and ask 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.

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  • Theo Darling

    The “apology” DID include a lot of “I-am-a-victim” speech, which I find gross for very different reasons than does Wilson. I read it hoping to see some genuine regret and was disappointed. “I’m sorry you got hurt when I expressed my deeply-held beliefs in an unkind way, but BE EXCITED because I’m going to continue to act out those same negative beliefs about you and cloak it in friendlier language.” That’s what I heard.

    Also: will be using “This is a MOON CRATER.” to express my disapproval from now on.

  • http://biblicalpersonhood.wordpress.com/ Retha Faurie

    “This was an organization clearly dependent, in an unhealthy way, on one guy… Like so many evangelical parachurch operations, it appears to have been the kind of thing that revolved around its personali . . . its president in a way that ceded way too much authority to him.” -Doug Wilson

    Doug! I am so glad you get how dangerous it is to invest too much authority in one man. I hope this influences what you say about patriarchy in the home, which also cedes all/ most authority in the home to one man.

  • sara gering

    Leaving aside all the rest of that absolute bosh, that second point is ironic, given that Wilson’s OWN ministry is essentially a cult of personality.


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