Quoting Quiverfull: Self-Acceptance is Sin?

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A reverse image of what Evangelical women are trained to see. Instead of their own beautiful face they see only exaggerated flaws. Screen cap from the movie ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’

by Liza Proch of Lies Young Women Believe – Better Than Be-YOU-tiful

Editor’s note: This just about makes me cry. I witnessed the fruit of this idea that self-acceptance and loving ones self in my old church. Every time we went to a womens conference there would be ladies falling out crying because they said they knew they were not good enough, pretty enough, thin enough, faithful enough and a host of other things. I remember thinking how horrible it was that so many had issues with themselves when they seemed perfect just the way they were to me. Dangerous toxic idea being pushed as Godly yet again.

How about the Christian songs, books, and slogans that tell us to love ourselves? Is this a biblical-thinking pattern? What does God say about self love?

In 2 Timothy 3:2, Paul warns, “For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive” and the list goes on with the heartless, the ungrateful, the unholy, the treacherous, the lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—to name a few. Ouch! The “love yourself” motto is in the same category with heartless, ungrateful, and unholy.

It is vital that we realize our worth in Christ. Believing the “self love” lies that are surrounding us is such an easy trap to fall into, but if we are constantly looking to our own self-esteem to find value, we’ll be drawing from an empty well. That momentary feeling of worth will end up being a farce.

There is no real peace when we accept ourselves. True peace only comes when we realize we can’t give ourselves value. Only in Christ can we find true worth and acceptance, and no matter how many times we look in the mirror and say, “You’re beautiful! ” or “You’re great just the way you are,” we will never feel fully accepted until we find our worth and value in Christ.

What do you think about the self-love message of the culture? Have you been tempted to accept it as true? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Comment below!

QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders, cultural enforcers and those that seek to keep women submitted to men 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 and Spiritual Abuse honestly and thoughtfully.


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