by Suzanne Titkemeyer
At least that’s what Raw Story claims in their story on Jessa Duggar Seewald’s recent Facebook posting – Duggar Daughter Casts Judgement Against Liberal Christians
While I hate giving anyone or anything Duggar-related free publicity by posting their antics here this needs to be examined. What exactly is she attempting to accomplish here?
Basically Raw Story took her Facebook posting, chopped it up and used it as the basis for their article by adding ‘she said’ and other minor bits of sentences. I don’t know why they are so surprised because when it comes down to it this is what most Fundamentalist and Quiverfull adherents believe about anyone not doing Christianity in their particular flavor. There’s been plenty of hints and outright proclamations from the Duggars espousing these ideas before. The ideas themselves aren’t even original with the Duggars, they come out of the IBLP’s teachings by Bill Gothard. It’s no secret even if it’s not much evident in the heavily-edited Duggar television show on TLC “19 Kids & Counting”
What Jessa Seewald is saying in her Facebook posting is just parroting out what’s been drilled in her head since infancy by her parents. There’s no original thought here, or critical thinking, it’s just babbling out the party line on Facebook.
One of NLQ’s writers, Joe Sands, had this to say about it:
Don’t pity her. Don’t get angry at her. This is the first step for her on her way out of this mess. Connecting with her with well-reasoned arguments against this philosophy worked for the kids of Westboro Baptist, many of the children of the Gothard/Phillips generation, and will work for Jessa, as well.
Trust me. I’ve watched it play out.
I give her before the year is out.
I hope he is right and this is the beginning of her end believing in the brain washing her parents have done. That could only be a good and healthy thing for her. But knowing her husband Ben Seewald and the rabid Westboro Baptist-like views of her in-laws is going to make that a much slower journey out of fundamentalism than it could be.
Her words sound as though they are straight out of one of Bill Gothard’s books. Read her statement for yourself:
One of the most quoted verses from the Bible is Matthew 7:1 “Judge not!” Whenever someone speaks out against something that God calls sin, “Don’t judge!” can be heard coming from a thousand lips. People don’t like to have other people disapprove of the way they’re choosing to live their life.
I will speak to you a hard truth. I do not write this because I think that it will bring me popularity. It won’t. But it is Truth from the Word of God: the Bible.
To not tell people this is to hide the truth from them. To keep silent is to not care for their eternal destiny! I care about you, and this is why I am speaking out!
In this world, people have seared their consciences. The standard of what is “ok” or “permissible” in our society today, hardly reflects God’s standard.
People are content to live on in lying, cursing, pride, anger, bitterness, disrespecting of parents, lust, pornography, fornication, adultery, and other sexual sins– and if anyone tries to confront them, their attitude and response is, “You live your life, I’ll live mine. Don’t you tell me what to do! Only God can judge me!”
They don’t even realize what they’re saying. God’s judgement isn’t something to be taken lightly! It should scare you! Man’s “judgement” is a 1000x lighter… usually just a voicing of disapproval. But when unbelieving, sinful men die and stand before God, He justly condemns them to hell.
But people disregard the Bible, and instead use all kinds of human logic to try to justify their way of living:
Person #1: “I’ve been living this lifestyle for years, and I’m a ‘Christian.’ I don’t feel that God is angry with me. I believe in a loving God, not one who would send people to hell.”
The person speaking this is right– their god is not angry with them. He can’t be, because he doesn’t exist. They are not talking about the God of the Bible. They have created a god in their own mind to suit themselves. They have removed any notion of the Justice of God, and have created a god of their imagination that they can be comfortable with.
The Bible teaches that God is a Just Judge, and He must punish sin. Every one of us have broken God’s law, and hell is our deserved punishment. (Unless you’re reading some very distorted “translation” of the Bible, you cannot get around the fact that there is a hell).
Person #2: “I have a ‘peace’ about this, and I’m listening to my heart. God doesn’t seem to be judging me. If God didn’t approve, why wouldn’t He strike me dead right now?”
First off, our human hearts are bent toward sin and not righteousness. We shouldn’t follow the inclinations of our heart, but rather we know what is right and wrong according to what we find in God’s Word: the Bible.
Secondly, God isn’t slacking to fulfill His promised Judgement on sin–it’s coming. And the only reason you’re are alive right now is because He is merciful and has kept your heart beating for another day. He is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should reach repentance. But He will not hold back forever. The hours of your time here on earth are ticking away. You’re not promised another day, or even another breath. God’s Day of Judgement draws near. It will come as a thief in the night–when you least expect it. Everything that you have done in secret will be exposed. Nothing we do is hidden from God’s view. (1 Peter 3:9&10)
This should be concerning to you. I know it was for me! When I saw myself in light of God’s standard, and I knew that I fell short. But I found hope in the Gospel– the “good news” of Jesus Christ! I would still be lost today were it not for His grace!
Read what God has done so that you and I might be forgiven of our sins and saved from the punishment we deserve:
16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.
18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.
20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.
21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
Repent! Turn away from sin, and to Jesus Christ today! Be saved from the wrath to come.
The believing man has Christ’s perfect record put to their account.
God gives him a new heart and new desires.
If you find yourself a sinner in need of Jesus, then open your Bible today and begin to read the books of John and Romans. Let the Word of God root out the sins of your heart. Do not let up until you have found Salvation for your soul!
Does anyone really believe that this screed will lead anyone to Christ? Typical Fundamentalist Evangelical fear mongering. Or is it like Joe says the beginning of the end of her Gothardism?
Suzanne Titkemeyer is the admin of NLQ and also the wife of a man who had sense enough to recognize their church as a cult before dragging her out. She is a crazy old cat lady keeps busy with her grown children, her rescue animals, foster care animals and her love of all things art. Contrary to Fundy-Belief she’s usually smiling, laughing or smirking while swilling diet coke and dispensing sarcasm. She blogs at What Would Roger Sterling Do? and True Love Doesn’t Rape
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