Quoting Quiverfull: Rebellious Spirit?

Quoting Quiverfull: Rebellious Spirit? November 21, 2012

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.

Debi Pearl from Created to Be His Help Meet:

“if a woman is really seeking God and asking for wisdom from on high, she will be able to discern the difference between her own controlling spirit and those rare instances that a husband may command outside his sphere of authority – requiring legal intervention. Women who threaten to “report them to the law,” or women who refuse to answer the phone any way other than, “He is here, but will not talk,” are rebellious. They will never make it to the hall of fame found in Hebrews 11, where Sara was listed, nor will they make it into a heavenly marriage here on earth.”

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  • Saraquill

    Being rebellious has a biblical precedent. Esther broke the rules to speak up on behalf of the Jews, as did Moses. Jesus wasn’t a conventional person either.

  • Mayara

    What’s with the “He is here, but will not talk,” thing? Anyone care to elaborate?

  • Nightshade

    I wondered the same thing!

  • Laura

    I don’t know, but can guess that the husband wants his wife to say that he’s not home (to bill collectors or whomever) and his wife is refusing to lie for him.

  • Yes and in the same book she recommends someone who is abused stay with their abuser and “respect” him. So the consequences of doing this are possibly risky. If abuse isn’t an issue, then it would be up to the wife whether she wouldn’t to cover for him wouldn’t it? Except that I guess Debi Pearl doesn’t approve of women making their own decisions…….

  • KarenH

    According to my whackjob ex-BIL, godly women would never dream of answering the phone, especially when her Lord and Master …. er, her husband is home, as that is a usurpation of his manly authority. And since my whackjob ex-BIL has a penis, he’s clearly right and Debi Pearl is not just wrong, but she owes him an apology.

  • “…those rare instances that a husband may command outside his sphere of authority …”

    Dammit, there is NOT ONE TEXT in the whole Bible that teaches that a man has any kind of authority a women does not. Nothing gives a special male sphere of authority! Even the text in 1 Timothy that say a woman should not “usurp authority” (a disputed translation, the Greek words may mean something else) over a man, never say a man may usurp authority over a woman…
    Does Debi Pearl read the same Bible I do?