Quoting Quiverfull: Shut Up If A Church Leader Sins?

Quoting Quiverfull: Shut Up If A Church Leader Sins? April 16, 2014

by Stacy McDonald from Ladies Against Feminism and Your Sacred Calling – Something To Think About

What exactly is it that causes that perverse glee to spring up in the heart of man when he sees another person fail? It’s evident on the front of every tabloid. We love to see someone else fatter than us, dumber than us, or seemingly more wicked than us.

We compare our strengths to someone else’s(sic) weaknesses and we pat our back pockets…the one containing those stones.

Sadly, the same thing happens in the church—especially if there is already angst against the person who fails.

“We just knew there was something about that guy! We used to think he hung the moon; but lately, after getting to know him, he started seeming so, so…human.”

We’ve seen the cycle. And it hurts. It hurts everyone. It hurts the church and it hurts the heart of Christ.

If your idol-of-the-day has failed you, don’t blame your idol for your idolatry. He has his own sin to deal with. You deal with yours.

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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 and Spiritual Abuse honestly and thoughtfully

NLQ Recommended Reading …

Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment‘ by Janet Heimlich

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  • I didn’t read “shut up” in that post. I read “it’s not an occasion for celebration.”

  • Mel

    I read this a bit differently. My take-away was don’t believe your leaders are God – they aren’t. It’s rather refreshing coming from LAF since they believe all women should be glorifying all men…..

  • Nea

    Dragging the truth into the light is no sin, lady.

  • Allison the Great

    While I agree with what she’s saying about people being human and that we should forgive them for their sins, I don’t think that molesting the girls in one’s congregation is just part of “being human” .

    The thing that really pisses me off about this is the hypocrisy in it. The ladies at LAF and people like them in all these religious “movements” are more than willing to rejoice when non-religious people fail. Shit, they’ll make up failures (like homosexual men being more likely to molest children when that’s fucking bogus and hello they’re the assholes doing all the fucking molesting) to make us look like the most immoral schmucks walking the earth and then rejoice like there’s no tomorrow when we screw up because they’ll be all raptured and shit and we’ll be left behind, or something like that.

    It irks me when they try to act like they’re virtuous when we all know the truth about them. They’re part of these movements not because they are pious, or virtuous, they’re doing it because they like control. They like being controlled and they want to control others,. Shit, I know pagans who have more virtue in their little toe nails than some of these Christians have in their entire being.

  • gimpi1

    You put your finger on what bothers me about her comments, Dukes. For people who condemn someone who loses their job, (they don’t lay off the high-performers) someone who has physical or mental health problems, (it’s unresolved sin) or someone who has an accident (God is punishing you), they demand a ton of forgiveness for themselves. Forgiveness for some pretty nasty actions. And if you don’t offer that forgiveness, you’re “bitter.”

    It’s a double-standard on steroids. It’s also dishonest, elitist and cruel.

  • Allison the Great

    You’re right, they like to punish the shit out of people for the smallest of shortcomings but when they do something exceptionally horrifying – like molest members of their congregation – that’s when they are all about forgiveness.
    As far as blaming illnesses and disabilities of a child on unresolved sin of the parents , people have done that to my parents so many times because of me having Asperger’s. It was cruel and it still makes me incredibly angry to this day.

  • gimpi1

    You have every reason and right to be angry. Sometimes anger can be a positive force. Anger can motivate us to change the injustice that made us angry. Anger can encourage us to reject destructive beliefs. Anger can empower us to make positive changes in our lives.

    Feel your anger. Come over to the dark side:-)