Quoting Quiverfull: Authority?

Quoting Quiverfull: Authority? December 4, 2012

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.


From “Created To Be His Help Meet” by Debi Pearl

“…first know that a husband has authority to tell his wife what to wear, where to go, whom to talk to, how to spend her time, when to speak or not to, even if he is unreasonable and insensitive.”

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  • Why do people even buy that book, much less use it in study groups?

  • And why is it taken as such a sign of spiritual maturity and depth to be able to swallow such teachings?

  • There is absolutely no scriptural foundation for this. It comes from reading a lot of meaning into certain verses that actually say nothing of the kind.

  • texcee

    These sorts of teaching are absolutely toxic and are designed to crush the self-esteem of women. They are abusive and outrageous, all about control over another human being’s spirit. I don’t think Jesus ever taught anything of this sort.

  • smrnda

    I just don’t get people like Debi Pearl. I mean, these people believe so strongly that marriage is this holy thing, ordained by God, and yet they paint marriage as a horrible ordeal to be endured, where your feelings don’t count. Have to say that secular perspectives on marriage make it look much more appealing, and offer much better formulas for making it work, and have higher standards for what marriage can be.

  • Rae

    That sounds like a checklist of early warning signs for domestic abusers.

  • KarenH

    This. Stuff like that paragraph make me “flames on the side of my face” angry.

  • Tami

    With this kind of thinking and teaching women are reduced to mere children who can’t do anything or even think for themselves…how utterly ridiculous! 🙁

  • Marie

    This sounds like a handbook for brainwashing women into being abused and staying there. Why can’t anyone see the real fruits of their teachings??

  • Nea

    Arguably, the blogs and support groups for walkaways prove that some people do see the real fruits of their teachings. But other than that – I think for those who follow, it’s a clear, guaranteed path to the right outcome in a confusing, nuanced world. Just follow these steps, and all the bad things will go away. (If they don’t, it’s YOUR fault, and YOU don’t want to be wrong, do you? So okay, a clear guaranteed path to deal with a person’s own anxieties too.)

    And for the people who peddle it, it’s literal fame and fortune.