Quoting Quiverfull: Protecting The Sanctuary?

Quoting Quiverfull: Protecting The Sanctuary? February 26, 2013

by Doug Wilson in his book “For a Glory and a Covering” page 48

“A husband must also be vigilant to protect his wife from spiritual harm. This is what Adam failed to do in the garden, and what Jesus faithfully did for us. A priest is one who guards and protects the sanctuary, and in this sense every Christian man is a priest in his home . . . The failure of Adam at this point was his fundamental failure, and it is the point where many of his male descendents find it far too easy to follow his example”

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  • I suppose in the figurative sense you could call a man’s home his “sanctuary” (as in a holy place or a place of rest). However, a man is only protecting his family if he does so with the consent of his family and with full disclosure. The Bible says that we are to love one another as Christ loves us. This is a tall order, so I would charge any man that claims to be a “priest” and protecting his “sanctuary” to be able to love his family and sacrifice himself for his family the way that Christ loves and sacrificed himself for us. Otherwise, he’s just lording his position over his family and in a place to be abusive. If the man is really to be the “head” of the household it comes with MUCH responsibility and should be taken with much careful thought and moreso with an over abundance of earnest prayer and Scripture.

  • A priest is one who oversees the sacrifice. Who is Doug Wilson sacrificing?

    Jesus didn’t seem to be much about controlling what other people did or who showed up at the door at all. The guy who would give his coat to the thief who took his cloak, or who had dinner with a tax collector, or who upheld Mary in making her own decisions to study with the men, is not the guy stockpiling ammo to keep the world away from his prisoner-wife.

    Doug Wilson should be comparing himself to some old testament patriarch who sold his family members like chattel, or maybe to Dinah’s brothers who don’t seem to have concerned themselves with Dinah’s consent at all — and who nobody seems to have been pleased with.

  • The problem is that most QF families think that “spiritual harm” means sin, not spiritual abuse. So the husband may do everything he can to prevent his wife and family from performing an action that could be sinful, but not care about the emotional abuse they receive from the church.

  • This seems strange to me. In Orthodoxy we believe that we (my husband and I) are the priests in our home, but this is interpreted as a duty to make our house a hospitable place, to welcome people into it, and to prepare our children to go out and do good in the world. Seeing the priest’s role as “to guard and protect the sanctuary” seems strangely passive and defensive to me. Most priests I know see it as their role to guide and inform and help people.

  • Kimberly

    As a long time student of the scriptures in a formal, intensive study for many years, I am trying now to recall what the scripture says about the roles of priests. I don’t recall that their role was to “protect or guard,” rather they were to offer sacrifices to cover sin and spend their lives serving God–not protecting the sanctuary from spiritual harm. Sin offerings imply that everyone already had experienced spiritual harm and needed forgiveness. Once Jesus came, that old system was no longer necessary. While the OT priests were Jewish men, Revelation 5:9,10 indicates that Christ’s blood “purchased for God
    persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
    10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God…” The emphasis is on service and why would we think women would be excluded. Wilson is misusing scripture to suit his own ego-centric, patriarchial point of view to subjugate women and children and elevate himself. It sickens me, and I’m sure it sickens our Lord Jesus.

  • Iris

    So it’s really all Adam’s fault?

  • Jenny Islander

    Oh, yeah, except that he wouldn’t have had to if Eve hadn’t been such a, you know, woman.

    The text actually locates the source of sin in both men and women, as representatives of all human beings, and there is no story whatsoever about Eve leaving Adam’s covering or umbrella of protection or whatever. But obv. somebody has to be on top so obv. the story is there, just in invisible ink. Or something.