Quoting Quiverfull: Making Men Successful?

Quoting Quiverfull: Making Men Successful? December 21, 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.

Carolyn McCulley in her book “Sex and the Single Woman”

 “We women were designed by God to be helpers and to make men successful.”

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  • It’s so depressing to think about what that would really mean if it were true. If I grew up believing that I was not meant to achieve anything or be successful or be an interesting person in my own right, I would probably hate God for creating me a woman.

  • @Lynn – no, no according to Carolyn you are allowed to achieve something but only up ‘UNTIL THE TIME A HUSBAND APPEARS’. ugh. seriously, here’s her quote: (found at http://www.reviveourhearts.com/radio/revive-our-hearts/it-okay-pursue-men/)
    ‘We are to be busy doing the work of God until the time that a husband appears. He will hopefully be secure enough in his masculinity to risk that interruption to say, “This is a godly woman. She’s busy. She’s doing a lot of stuff. She’s being fruitful in the meantime. If I’m to be her husband, I am to be a big interruption, and that’s okay.”’

  • Andrew

    I got a good chuckle out off this quote. My wife didn’t contribute to my success and rarely have I needed to ask her for help. She just takes the initiative at times.

  • Mary

    A wife is created to be a help to a husband in the sense (and it goes both ways) that they will work together to fulfill their goals (biblically, it was to continue the human race (check) and be good stewards of the earth (not so much) ) because, for most of us, having a life partner is more effective and more efficient, not to mention fun. Also, without male/female relationships, the human race wouldn’t last all that long. What is mind boggling to me is how you can take the picture of complete mutuality in Genesis and turn it into “women are objects made for men.” If I believed that for a minute, I would truly hate being a woman.

  • The idolatry of this is unpleasantly obvious. She’s to be doing the “work of God” until a husband appears. He then “interrupts” and turns her to start doing the work of pleasing and helping and serving him instead.

  • Bill S

    First of all, both men and women are the product of millions of years of evolution during which the only purpose of life was to pass on genes. The purpose of the woman is kind of dictated by society and is different from time to time and culture to culture. There was no God who created anyone for any purpose. It all just sort of happened. If a woman wants to help her mate succeed, that’s great. But it works both ways. Look at the Clintons (no maybe we better not go there).