NLQ Question of the Week: Why All the Risky Behavior?

This is a new series we have started running on Thursdays. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life.For all the careful and sometimes repressive behavior in Quiverfull Evangelical Christianity why do so many do some many risky things. I'm not just talking about the Duggars flying through a derecho storm last week to get Josh home. I'm talking about risking everything under the claim that the angels will keep God's elect from even dashing their foot on a rock. Examples: Vyckie Garrison ignoring all medical advice to nearly lose her life giving birth. Or the long dead lady at my last church that refused all medical treatment for breast cancer because … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 2 – The Computer is a Porn Dispencing Machine?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - The ChallengeEditor's note: Sharing this bit by bit because of the so bizarre nature of Michael's false claims. He stated in a previous piece that porn, incest and infidelity as a problem did not exist in the church twenty years ago. That's what happens when you live in a backwater cocoon wrapped in your own world, you mistake everything else as the same way of life. It's just not that simple no matter what Mr. Pearl says. Why does personal responsibility never seem to exist in Pearl World? … [Read more...]

What Good Evangelical Christians Looks Like

by Lana Hope cross posted from her blog Wide Open GroundRecently a conservative friend posted this video. In the video (do watch it), a man interviews various applicants who want to join the dating site Christian Mingle, and he asks the applicants a bunch of questions to find out whether they are a good Christian or not. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 1 – Before Internet There Was No Incest & Very Little Infidelity Among Christians?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - The ChallengeEditor's note: This article is so filled with rose-colored views of the past combined with dire warnings about the future that it really begs to be examined piece by piece. Michael seems to think that no one but a few perverts looked at porn before 1982. This piece is from 2002. What do you think? How does he explain the strip clubs of the 1950s and 60s? How about all the nudie magazines you could buy? The start of Playboy in the 1950s? He doesn't. Pornography predates Christ by quite some time. Claiming that Christians didn't do these things in the past is really delusional. … [Read more...]

Answering ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’ – When The Ministry Is Exhausting & You’re Getting Discouraged

Another installment of giving better answers to the questions asked at Debi Pearl’s site message board for the book ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’. Many young ladies ask questions on all sorts of different subjects brought up by the book. There was just one big problem, many of the answers stray into either the outright bad and emotionally unhealthy to dangerous. Yes, typical Debi Pearl borderline abusive. Here’s what we’re going to be doing here at NLQ. Every week, once or twice a week, I’ll be posting up one of the questions from the message board and ask you, our readers, to answer that poor soul’s question in a way that is logical, rational and the best possible solution, in other words 18 … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: French Caused Own Death?

by Steven L. Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church as quoted by Raw Story - Arizona pastor blames 'sinful' France and Death Metal for Paris terror attackEditor's note: I don't even know where to start with this one there's so much wrong, hateful, unChristian and blaming/shaming.... We've not posted about the Paris tragedy here at NLQ because while it's awful and a concern it's not really related to Quiverfull or Evangelicalism. But now that so many so-called 'Christians' have started pointing fingers, behaving badly and blaming the victims it's an issue for us. May the people of France and Lebanon be able to find their way to healing and wholeness in the aftermath and avoid guys like … [Read more...]

News: The First Lawsuit Against Josh Duggar Filed

Porn star/adult entertain Danica Dillon has filed suit against Josh Duggar for battery according to In Touch Weekly. She's asking for a half million dollars.Does this seem like a shameless money grab to you, or sweet sweet justice?Here's one benefit of the upcoming court battle. It opens the door for Dillon's attorney to ask all about his sexual history. Will Josh lie under oath?From In Touch: “The defendant may be subject to [having to talk about] his prior bad [or] sexually abusive acts at trial,” Danica’s attorney Marc Frumer tells In Touch exclusively. “They are all relevant if he takes the stand.” Best statement of the entire article? This: “I don’t believe there should be … [Read more...]

Josh Duggar Could Not Follow Rules?

The Inquistr has a fascinating article about that recent evening flight of the Duggar family plane through very hazardous weather from Rockford, Illinois to Springdale, Arkansas. This is the flight where people are alleging Josh Duggar was taken out of rehab and flown home. There are people at the Rockford airport that claim to have seen Josh among the others boarding that plane.The article raises a number of interesting questions I've been pondering myself. First, why didn't Jim Bob Duggar and assorted Duggars simply not check into the nearest Embassy Suites or other hotel to ride out the rough weather and fly out in the morning after the storm cells had passed? It's not like they … [Read more...]

Effects of Patriarchy on Gender and Relationships

by AJ cross posted from her blog I am Phoenix It was when I was in my early 20's while still living at home, right before the intervention that resulted in me leaving the homestead.I realize now this phase was my silent, extreme reaction to growing up in a patriarchal environment. My version of "fuck you!" without daring to talk. Talking was too dangerous, too scary. Too many repercussions.  This, on the other hand, was my quiet way of taking a stand and rebelling. Although I didn't know it at the time and didn't even realize it until recently. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Friends Not Doing It ‘Right’ – Start Lecturing Them & Send Us Their Contact Information?

by Debi Pearl from No Greater Joy - Other Children Changing Your Child's DestinyEditor's note: This is one of those Pearl letters that are sprinkled throughout their advice-giving that seems, hmm, somehow 'fake' or made up just for whatever toxic child-beating point the Pearls are currently promoting. In this letter the mother is complaining that her friends with children at church don't discipline or train their children like she and her husband do. She's worried that the kids will rub off and influence her children, but doesn't want to cut off contact like her husband urges. Here's Debi's reply, toxic as always: … [Read more...]