Quoting Quiverfull: God’s Slave?

Quoting Quiverfull: God’s Slave? January 8, 2015
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by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies – A Love Slave

Editor’s note: Nancy seems to think that being a wife and mother is a sort of slavery instead of an expression of free will and love in our lives. How does that fit with her idea that being a mother and wife is the highest honor and only role for a woman?

“I’m a servant of the King of kings.” I’m sure each one of us want this testimony. It sounds important, doesn’t it? Paul addressed himself as “Paul, a servant of God” (Titus 1:1). But what does this word “servant” actually mean? The word is “doulos” and means “a bond slave, one who is in a permanent relation of servitude to another, one whose will is altogether consumed in the will of the other.” Wow! This gets to the nitty-gritty. I wonder if I truly am a bond slave of God after all?

A bond slave is always ready to obey the will of his master. He/she doesn’t rebel or react, but delights to do the Master’s will. And if we are truly a servant of God, it will start right in our home. It’s easy to be a servant of God while singing in the choir, leading a Bible Study, or going on a mission trip. It’s not quite so easy when you are serving your husband instead of yourself and serving as a mother in the home. But this is the reality. When we delight to serve our husband; when we delight to lay down our lives as a mother to serve our family and build a home for God’s glory, we are serving God.

Is this the attitude we have to all the work and constant interruptions and challenges we face in our home each day? Is our response, “I delight to do thy will, O my God” (Psalm 40:8)?

A servant does his duty, but there is a higher level. Jesus said, “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them he it is that loveth me, and He that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”

Rather than being duty slaves, let’s be love slaves in our home.

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  • But you see, Nancy, you’re talking about slavery to the husband, not just to God. To you, obeying God means obeying your husband. And then you say we should rejoice in our slavery to another human being who stands between us and God. No thanks. I’ll pass.

  • Delilah Hart

    What really gets me about Nancy Campbell’s mentality and that of many other Christian fundamentalists is that they seem to think you can have 100% control over your own thoughts and emotions. “Be happy and think pure thoughts, or else!” It’s just not realistic or healthy. It’s just a recipe for guilt, self-loathing, and possibly worse.

  • Nea

    A bond slave is always ready to obey the will of his master. He/she doesn’t rebel or react, but delights to do the Master’s will

    Her grasp of the actual history of chattel slavery is as weak as her grasp of the immorality of slavery as a concept.

  • Nea

    That’s a feature, not a bug. First rule of cults: keep people busy, exhausted, fearful and guilty and they will never have the energy to question the cult leader’s dictates.

  • Mel

    So, Nancy pulled all of that out of “Paul, a servant of God”.

    To do that she conveniently ignored Galatians 4:1-7 which uses that same doulos…

    “4 My point is this: heirs, as long as they are minors, are no better than slaves, though they are the owners of all the property; 2 but they remain under guardians and trustees until the date set by the father. 3 So with us; while we were minors, we were enslaved to the elemental spirits[a] of the world. 4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. 6 And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our[b] hearts, crying, “Abba![c] Father!” 7 So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.[d]”

  • Olivia

    Gee, she is such an encouragement.

  • Astrin Ymris

    I think Nancy is trying to convince her followers that it’s an honor to be exploited and oppressed by the the CPM meme, and if any of them feel otherwise… it’s because of their own Bad Selves, and they should be ashamed! They definitely shouldn’t start asking themselves questions like “If the Quiverfull lifestyle is supposed to make me fulfilled and joyous, why do I feel exhausted, stressed, and taken advantage of?”

    Or worse yet, saying this to other people! Consciousness-raising is the devil’s work.

  • “A bond slave….ready to obey the will of her master…” Umm…I still think there is a little aura of kinkiness and some latent S&M going on with these godly entities. I could be wrong?

  • Nea

    You’re wrong. Nancy doesn’t allow for safewords.

  • My bad.

  • Brennan

    There’s a saying in some of the mainline churches I’ve been in: “The best way to argue with a fundie is to know the Bible better than them.”

    If nothing else, it really pisses them off. 😉

  • gimpi1

    “The word is “doulos” and means “a bond slave, one who is in a permanent relation of servitude to another, one whose will is altogether consumed in the will of the other.”

    Because slave rebellions never happened. Oh, wait…

  • gimpi1

    Yes, how terrible to discover that you’re not alone in your feelings, that you are being treated badly, that you are intelligent, valuable and worthy just as you are. We can’t have that. Thinking is of the devil. (/ sarcasm)

  • gimpi1

    Yes, I’ve often thought this branch of Fundamentalism is just S & M without the safety rules and cosplay.

  • You add the kinkiness of wife spanking &!it sure looks suspicious.

  • gimpi1

    Sadly, Christian Domestic Discipline is a real thing… Did you ever think you’d see a group talking about the Christian way to beat your wife? Disgusting is just not strong enough a word.

  • Me too.

  • Nea

    Her bad, really!

  • Leigh Andrews

    It can’t be true S&M, because the person being served in an S&M relationship is the submissive, not the master.

  • Nea

    I’ll argue that in a good match, both people’s needs are being served.

  • Brennan

    I don’t get super-fussed about CDD so long as all parties involved are clear about the fact that they’re doing it for the pants-feelings (or fun or emotional needs or whatever happens to drive them). It’s when it gets pushed as The Only Right and Holy Way to Baby-Make that things get awkward.

    That being said, CDD is in need of the same safety considerations and strong communication as any other kind of S&M, but these are frequently neglected. Basically, I want CDD practitioners to put on their big-kid pants, admit that they’re S&M by another name, and learn how to do it responsibly.

  • B.E. Miller

    “I am Spartacus!”