Quoting Quiverfull: Stockpiling?

by Zsuzsanna Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church and Are They All Yours blog -  Q & A Answers Part 2

Growing up, I was taught the pre-trib rapture. After looking at scripture with my husband, I’ve come to realize how false it is. I can see why people want to believe in in because knowing my children may live through terrible persecution scares me when I allow myself to think about it. How do you deal with this? Just not think about it?

 

I think the most important thing to realize is that safety is of the Lord. Our primary concern must be to be right with God, so that He will be able to bless and protect us regardless of our circumstances. So the most important “prepper” aspect is to fear the Lord, not man, and then realize that whatever He allows to happen is His will. “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer” …
Beyond that, I do think it is always wise and prudent to acquire lost skills in self-sufficiency, and keep a food store beyond just the average 3-day supply. There are many reasons this could come in handy, such as a loss of income (could be due to job loss, illness, or death of the bread winner), price fluctuations based on availability, natural disaster, etc. Having a 6-month supply of the major staples will allow for time in adjusting to changing circumstances. This is especially critical for a large family, where there are many mouths to feed.
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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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Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement‘ by Kathryn Joyce

 

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  • NeaDods

    Having a stockpile of staples is not a bad idea on the whole – even without being caught in a major disaster, I’ve had to deal with the usual minor ones, including outages and shortages.

    But six months? I’ve almost never stockpiled 6 months of anything consumable and had it still be consume-worthy half a year later. After all, sometimes the disaster is *to my own supplies!*

  • Independent Thinker

    This is not a new idea the Mormons have always embraced stockpiling as part of their religion.

  • texcee

    Stockpiling is okay up to a point. If you find a good sale on toilet paper or laundry detergent, buy what you can. It will keep. On the other hand, food stuffs, even canned food, have a limited shelf life and there is no way that I would stock pile those. Preparing for Doomsday is something else altogether. This is just a really sick mindset and shows the contradictory nature of some Fundies. If you believe that you are going to be Raptured, why would you need to prepare for the end of the world unless you think that you are NOT going to be Raptured after all, in which case, how strong is your faith? Or, if you think that there is going to be a time of tribulation before the Rapture, and you’re living in an abandoned mine shaft somewhere in Idaho … well, you’re got bigger problems than worrying about the expiration date on a can of Campbell’s soup!

  • texcee

    BTW, I am old enough to remember the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962. I can remember my mother stocking up on saltine crackers and water, which is what we were supposed to live on after the Russians had blown us to atoms anyway. *shakes head*

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    I saw a lot of this stockpiling for Armageddon in my old church right before Y2K. One family I knew had their entire basement tricked out with enough stuff to open a store they were so convinced it was ‘end times’ Now, I’m seeing some of my old friends doing the same thing, including one of my best friends. She’s got over 30 cases of dehydrated food because she is convinced (via Pat Robertson) that there will be some huge disaster than will trigger end times this fall.

    I do Costco runs once a month so I do have tons of stuff stored in the mud room, but that’s only because Costco sells things in huge packs. Comes in handy some time.

  • shuttergirl46q

    Yet Jesus told his followers not to worry about food, clothes or tomorrow.

  • Nightshade

    Sooooo, let’s see if I’ve got this straight. We’re supposed to stockpile and plan ahead for the necessity of feeding all those mouths in large families, but to just ‘trust god’ to make feeding them possible when it comes to bringing those lives into the world?

  • Trollface McGee

    There was a Hoarders show about a hoarder who is also preparing for the tribulation. I know it’s a disorder but having that religious excuse to hoard must complicate the situation.

  • Madame

    I think stockpiling is a good idea, and really should build up a pantry with basics to last us a few weeks if something should happen.

    But I have a problem with fear-based stockpiling. I remember a few years ago David Wilkerson predicting some disaster to come soon. He was urging everyone to stock up on necessities, and even published a list of things that we should all have in our homes, like a camping stove and a generator. I remember my in-laws and husband all reading his daily blog and telling me that I should listen to him because he is a “great man of God” (or something like that).
    I agree that religious pressure complicates the situation.

  • Lynette Joy

    50kg egg powder,100 kg brown rice etc, proficiency in spinning and weaving and buying a farm all for the tribulation as we were taught that we would have to endure 3 1/2 years before Jesus came for us but in that 3 1/2 years he would turn his back on us. Therapy anyone ?? :)


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