Quoting Quiverfull: Adopted ‘Sins’?

Quoting Quiverfull: Adopted ‘Sins’? January 18, 2013

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.

Bill Gothard on dealing with the problems of adopted children

“Causes of Conflicts — Adopted children are affected by the sins of their natural parents, and these sins are usually very severe.”

“Steps to Resolve Conflicts — If the child is too young to understand, pray for the child. Confess your sins and acknowledge the sins of the natural parents. Ask God to rebuke Satan and free the child from any unbelief or rebellion from the lives of the parents. Pray in the name and through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

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  • Andrew

    Like that is going to save them for eternity.

  • Jenny Islander

    When His own disciples asked whose sin was the cause of someone’s having been born blind, He said what, exactly?

    GOTHARD. What a merchant of stones for bread and snakes for fish!

  • ABaker

    I’m an adopted child. This is insulting and sickening. I pity any children adopted by these people.

  • Nightshade

    Like they don’t already look for the worst in kids, let’s give ’em another excuse. Way to go, Bill Gothard, great expert on child care-NOT.

  • saraquill

    This is where I release a string of explicit insults to the man for insulting my family and keeping others from finding a home.

  • Phatchick

    Not to mention completely unbiblical.

  • LG61820

    If he meant to say that adopted children are affected by the sins of their parents in abandoning them, neglecting them or abusing them, I would agree. Having adopted 4 children, 3 of them about 6 years old when adopted I can say that the sins of the parents toward the children had a profound effect. Somehow, however, I don’t think that’s what he meant. LG

  • Dana

    At least he doesn’t go so far as to say you SHOULDN’T adopt children, as some of those quiverfull people have said.

    Even so, what a revolting worldview.

  • Jennny

    I shudder when I hear any so-called “christian” saying anything about ‘rebuking Satan’ in children. Here in the UK there have been several horrific cases of children being murdered by a ‘christian’ relative who believed they were beating the Devil out of the child.
    As Dana says, what a shocking revolting and frightening world view! It makes me weep.

  • Adopted children are affected by the sins of their parents, methinks, in the sense that:

    1) The parents’ sin may have had them abandoning the child, or caused them in some way to not be in a posisition of providing. The closest thing to an answer to that is not rebuking Satan, but adoption and love.
    2) An older adopted child may have been abused or neglected. Nothing makes up for that, but the antidote has to do with love and security, knowing the adoptive family will not do the same. Once again, the answer is not rebuking Satan.
    3) Some children are born with minor or major disadvantages because of substances the mother took during pregnancy. Wether it is as major as brain defects in the child of a crack addict, or as small as asthma in the child of a mother who smoked, those cannot be solved by rebuking Satan either.

    But anyone- not just Gothard – who want to start the conversation of the effect the biological parents had at the likelihood that children will do wrong, instead of how they need love, lacks a heart.

  • SAO

    What I find amazing about the Gothard school of parenting is that love is never mentioned. Jesus’s message is love and mercy. When an old testament punishment of stoning an adulterer was about to be carried out in front of Jesus, he stopped it with a few simple words (let he who is without sin cast the first stone).

    So how can Gothard and ilk call themselves Christian if they don’t follow the message of Christ?

  • Rae

    …as a view of adoption, that’s messed-up, but I’ve personally heard fundie pastors say that as a generalization about everyone, that “sin has a genetic component” (I didn’t htink they were talking literally, but now I don’t know) or something like that.

  • What strikes me most forcefully is that the child is completely absent in this account. She has no will, needs, desires or even sin of her own. She is simply an empty receptacle for someone else’s sin or for Satan.

    Somehow, this makes the evil of this childrearing approach clearer than anything else I have read here.

  • pete zimmerman

    let’s pay pretend that sociologial, pyschological, and spiritual issues, as well as DNA, are just wierd religious stuff like “Ask God to rebuke Satan and free the child from any unbelief or rebellion from the lives of the parents. Pray in the name and through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

    yeah, that will actually do something….not. so glad I gave up fairy tales and embraced science and reason. i am not discounting a spiritual reality, but the naive, medievalist metaphysics of such a statement.