Quoting Quiverfull: Part 4 Homeschoolers Embracing The World?

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 4 Homeschoolers Embracing The World? June 25, 2015

quotingquiverfullby Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – Jumping Ship

Editor’s note: Gasp! Michael just admitted that even atheists can live a “good life”! But then he goes right back into his toxic blaming shaming speech of referring to public school children as “Sodomites,” cancelling out anything good he might say about anyone without his worldview. Followed by some ridiculous twaddle about ‘natural life’ and ‘Jesus life’. Ugh.

Many families have a tradition of being “good Christian people.” They are hard- working, honest, and respectable. They choose to live a “good life” and avoid the consequences of sin, and so they expect their children to see the wisdom of this lifestyle and choose it for themselves. They attribute their good lifestyle to their religious convictions. They could never even imagine that their children would choose a low-class life of shameful sin.

Parents make the mistake of thinking that their “good life” is a recommendation for the Christian life, but a “good life” can be lived by anyone of any religion, or by an atheist, for that matter, as observation so easily attests. There are Sodomites in the public schools who are happier than some Christians. There are fornicators and adulterers who love each other more than some Christian parents. The movies represent evil people as full of life and fun. Video games, bursting with big-busted women and powerful young men slaying their adversaries, provide the boys with the conquest they need. A trip to the mall reveals to the young person that there is a lot of “loving fun” over on the other side. What have you got that is better? How do they know it to be so? You’d better believe it right now that they won’t for a moment buy an “old fogy’s” argument.

There are actually only two kinds of lives lived on this planet. The “natural life” whether in doing evil or doing good, or somewhere in between, and the “Jesus life,” which is much more than a life of doing or being good. Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). The Jesus life is an abundant life of joy and love. It is a life of honesty, judgment, and sacrificial service. There is no hypocrisy in the Jesus life. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance…” (Galatians 5:22-23). Peter says, “ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory…” (1 Peter 1:8). Do your children know you as a person who rejoices with “joy unspeakable”, and do they see your life as being “full of glory”? Then, what have you got to offer your kids that will hold them to your worldview? How is the life you have chosen better than any other? Prove it to them without joy, and you will have done the preposterous.

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  • Nea

    Once again, the man cannot keep a thought in his head for two paragraphs straight. He says that anyone with eyes can see that the kind of people he hates have good lives and even goes so far as to admit that gay couples can be — gasp! — more loving to each other than Good Christian Parents. (There’s a reason for that, Mikey. One couple is only together because they want to be so; the other is only together because they are told that there’s literally hell to pay if they divorce even if they are incompatible, miserable, one of them is an abuser, etc.)

    But then in the very next paragraph, practically in the same breath, Mikey babbles on about how Jesus beings you joy and love, as if his own readers can’t remember from sentence to sentence that he JUST SAID that some of the people he hates worse than poison are “happier” and have “more love” than Real True Christians. And he assumes his readers will not refer back to the previous paragraph asking themselves “wait – how can both of these assertions be true?”

  • Antoinette Herrera

    They can’t. But Michael Pearl can only hope that his readers don’t think too much about what he’s saying.

  • Astrin Ymris

    If the “fruit of the Spirit” is patience, humility, and gentleness… then Michael Pearl has just “outed” himself as someone who isn’t a Christian.

  • SAO

    Obviously Michael Pearl does not live the Jesus life, “There is no hypocrisy in the Jesus life. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance…” (Galatians 5:22-23)”

  • Astrin Ymris

    I think Michael believes that putting in the occasional Liberal Christian sentiment in his writings can somehow be used to befuddle secular critics. He imagines that– like in biblical debates– all he has to do is cite a “conflicting verse” when a critic quotes some of his toxic pedagogy, and his opponents will be left without a rejoinder.

    Of course, such sophistry won’t work against someone who knows critical thinking, who’ll point out that he STILL said all the hateful things he’s being denounced for. But it may play for those still “inside the fold”.

  • RetroPam

    That is the acid test for a Spirit-filled Christian, isn’t it?

  • Nea

    His advice is like his approach to the Bible – a sweeping statement of what it generally is supposed to be about, then an insistence on focusing with minute detail on what you are reading That Very Moment regardless of whether it directly contradicts what you read the moment before.

  • Karen the rock whisperer

    “There are Sodomites in the public schools who are happier than some Christians.” I figured he was referring to those evil teachers. Because no True Christian (TM) is ever going to teach public school. True Christian (male) teachers teach in Christan colleges,and True Christian women are busy breeding and homeschooling.

  • teaisbetterthanthis

    I’d prefer what he’s dismissing as “doing good”, thanks. Making sure people are fed and cared for seems like a better plan than obsessively reading an ancient literature anthology and looking for life instructions in works that were officially “written” 400 years ago (i.e., when the revered King James Version was printed).

  • Astrin Ymris

    Translation: “Atheists, Pagans and LGBTs are refuting our truth claims just by living! We must either find a way to force these dissidents back into fear-filled silence, or keep our kids completely sequestered from the general public.”

    There! I tightened it up for Michael, since that’s what he’s really saying.

  • Astrin Ymris

    Interestingly, the only “test” Jesus himself gives for discerning who the real Christians are is the Two Great Commandments: 1) Love God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. 2) Love your neighbor as yourself.

    All other “tests” and conditions are human inventions.

  • RetroPam

    You are quite right.