Quoting Quiverfull: Holding Leaders in the Church to Accountability is “Blaspheming”?

Quoting Quiverfull: Holding Leaders in the Church to Accountability is “Blaspheming”? May 6, 2014

by Stacy McDonald of Your Sacred Calling blog and Ladies Against Feminism – Blashphemed(sic) or Hallowed Be His Name

Again, Paul is describing the way we, as a Church, may cause God’s Word to be blasphemed when we falsely represent His holiness by teaching or living a life counter to His Word. That could be through unrepentant sin or by teaching a distorted view of Scripture.

And, if a teacher of good things is bound up in the inconsistency of a sinful lifestyle, he tempts others to, along with rejecting his sin, also reject those “good” teachings of his, and to embrace the very things that may further blaspheme God’s Word (rather than hallow it).

It’s not all about us. We should indeed care how our brothers and sisters are living and honoring God not only because we need to love them as ourselves, but also because we love the Lord our God with our whole heart, mind, and strength!

So, beware of self-appointed “doctrine protectors.” Any website, blog, or Facebook page that exists for the sole purpose of tearing down other ministries, or discussing, ad nauseam, the sins of someone else has major pride issues.

And, in their glee, they forget they may be just as guilty of blaspheming God’s name as the other hypocrite whose sin they can see so clearly. There is no place in Scripture that condones vigilante justice; and believers who play the judge, jury, and executioner on their blogs may be guilty of just that.

There are those who cloak their slander in a veil of feigned virtue, but in the end, they are no different than the woman who plays the busybody in church or the Pharisee who congratulates himself for not being like “other men.”

Want to see more? Read the entire piece at Ladies Against Feminism  Let us know what you think in the open comments below.

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.

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  • tulips

    Oops, did she just concede that these scandals…especially when they are so pervasive across the board…are a cause for people to question/apply scrutiny/reject the premises of the now exposed as predator claim makers? I think she did. Count down to the rebrand effort in 3….2….1…

  • tulips

    Also, we need to shut these truth exposers up like, right away. Silence them, shame them, shoot them, whatever. It’s going to be much harder to sell my books and get paid to lecture internationally if people associate me with a dangerous cult ideology rather than a “grass fed coconuts only wish they were as pure as I am” ideology.

  • Jewel

    When she mentioned “vigilante justice”, I’m sorry, but I couldn’t help but singing Toby’s Keith’s “Beer for My Horses”.

  • Laurie

    “Any website, blog, or Facebook page that exists for the sole purpose of
    tearing down other ministries, or discussing, ad nauseam, the sins of
    someone else has major pride issues.”
    And yet she has the website Steadfast Daughters in a Quivering World. Hmmm…

  • Jason Pearson

    It’s interesting how quickly these folks want to suppress free speech when things get sticky. Sorry, this is the United States. Government, corporations, schools, etc, no one gets a free pass. You screw up, and people are going to demand answers and transparency. If you don’t want people questioning your motives and actions, this is the wrong country for you.

  • Edie Moore McGee

    And LAF doesn’t have major pride issues of its own? Clear the beam from your own eye, Stacy, before you go after the mote in ours. And, FWIW, I don’t see a lot of whooping and hollering, a lot of pride, when I read these sites. Instead, I see a lot of hurting people who’ve been greatly damaged by the people you seek to protect.

  • Nightshade

    Want to call me a blasphemer because I have a problem with being told to ‘do as I say, not as I do’? Fine, I can live with that.

  • Holding our leaders accountable is living as Christ lived.

    But apparently Jesus is a blasphemer to these people.

  • Nea

    I don’t know, I do see pride. But not the false pride of a bully giving a Nelson-like “Haw ha!” No, the pride of knowing that a hard fought battle has been won, abuse is ending, and justice will finally be served.

    Thing is… Those are things that a person SHOULD be proud of!

  • Nea

    I wonder if anyone will point that out to her.

  • Brennan

    I think Laurie just did. As butt-hurt as McDonald gets over any critical examination of her pet movement, there’s no way she isn’t watching NLQ (and probably a bunch of affiliated blogs) like a hawk.
    (*waves to the butt-hurt fundie blogger*)

  • *facepalms hard* Damn, self-righteous much? For one, I don’t actually know that there’s much “glee” going on here when predictions are proven, to everyone’s sorrow and grief, to be correct. Yes, there’s vindication that those who warned about this very sort of thing were right all along, but I get the impression that there’s a hell of a lot more sorrow and empathy for the victims of these villainous bastards than they would ever find in that community.

  • Allison the Great

    Given how some of these “ministries” treat people (women, children, gays, muslims and other “nonbelievers”) I think they need to be torn down. Religion has always been kind of nasty and evil. They’ve used fear to control people and make them always feel unnecessarily guilty. They’ve used their power and their beliefs to hurt people. They’ve always been corrupt.

    What there needs to be is change. We need to hold more of them accountable. We need to call them out on their hypocrisy. There are lots of aspects of religious life that have to end, and calling out the dangerous and corrupt religious leaders is a good place to start with that.

    What really pisses me off about this woman is that she has the nerve to call people out over tearing people down. That is so hypocritical it isn’t even funny. That’s all fundamentalists do, is tear people down. That’s all they’ve always done. They’re perpetually in judge mode and then they have the nerve to get angry when we point out that they’re seriously fucked up and they should shut the hell up?

  • Allison the Great

    Exactly. We are more empathetic towards the victims. With the attitude that these people have about, well, pretty much everyone nobody would wish living in this subculture on their worst enemy. Living Among the Fundies is a form of hell. If these assholes are going to heaven, holy shit imagine going to heaven and spending all of eternity with them? Nobody wants that nightmare. That’s why I am always overjoyed and relieved whenever I get told that I’m going to hell by one of those asshats. “I’m going to hell? Oh thank fuck, for a second there I thought I’d have to spend the rest of forever with… you. I can’t imagine a worse hell. You’re just that awful.”

  • Brennan – I believe you.

  • There is something intolerably horrific about any teaching that would make a hell of Heaven or a heaven of Hell, and they do exactly that. I have to believe that there’s going to be one massive debriefing for those who arrive in God’s Abode as they are, gently I presume, told just how wrong the teachings they held in life were.

    As I grow older I start to think that maybe so much of what we, as humans, hold dear just doesn’t matter to God. Orientation, number of spouses, I think all that pales in comparison to how we treat ourselves and others. And that is the one area where these self-righteous fundies fail the God they claim to follow so terribly.

    Of course, I also believe that individuals who prey upon “these small ones” are headed to That Special Hell. I sorrow for the victims and I pray that they are able to find peace and comfort.