Quoting Quiverfull: Part 5 – Homeschoolers Embracing The World?

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 5 – Homeschoolers Embracing The World? June 25, 2015

quotingquiverfullby Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – Jumping Ship

Editor’s note: Now Michael seems to think that fun, joy and laughter are some sort of bizarre tools of the devil instead of normal human experiences. “True” joy is allowed, but he doesn’t explain what makes “true” joy so different than regular joy. Same song, different day.

This long series is from 2005 and we’re still on only the first point. Will be posting all of the five different articles he wrote on ‘Jumping Ship’ but will take a several days break between each article. Too much Michael Pearl at the same time can be toxic to your appetite and incompatible with joy.

A “good” life without any passion is not worth repeating. Love is always passionate. So is joy and peace. Longsuffering is passionate in its quiet reserve, taking into consideration the needs and feelings of others. Gentleness and goodness are virtues that point to God like a big red arrow. Faith is as lovely as a cherub’s wings. Meekness never allows others to feel inferior, and temperance is the ultimate demonstration of the power of God in one’s life. The fruit of the Spirit is attractive indeed. Teenagers are attracted to attractive people. If their parents are unattractive, they will fix their admiring gaze on someone who is attractive. A lighthearted spirit of joy and praise is attractive to everyone. Religious convictions worn only on the shirtsleeves are about as attractive as a man sneezing in your face.

The problem is that teenagers are not wise in discerning the difference between true joy and cheap laughter. But, they can easily discern when their parents don’t have any joy at all. And then, they come across a person of the world who is lighthearted and full of fun. What do you expect them to do? They don’t see the cynicism and rebellion behind the feigned joy. They just know that, for the first time in their lives, they have found a context for their passion. When they are with those kinds of people, they feel alive. They suddenly have hope that life is not always going to be dull and boring.

They find unconditional acceptance with the people of darkness, and since they have never really experienced God’s love, they think this is the love they have always missed. They will walk away from their miserable parents and right into the Devil’s den without any doubt that they have finally found true meaning in life. They are indeed fools, but their parents were foolishly naïve enough to believe that their teenagers would be content to accept the middle-of-the-road, principled but passionless religion that never brought a shred of joy.

Parents’ ability to communicate their worldview to their children is mostly bound up in their personal relationship to each other. If Mother and Father have a romance that is visible, a joy that is uncontained, and a passion that is enviable, their children will want to travel the same road in hopes of reaping the same fruit in their own lives.

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  • katiehippie

    Is the Devil’s Den right next to Satan’s Solarium?

  • Nea

    teenagers are not wise in discerning the difference between true joy and cheap laughter
    ….says the man who says he feels joy when infants are “given a little spat” with a whip and pounds children for not showing the right outward emotions no matter what cynicism or rebellion they really feel. Who associates laughter with things like 1) violently fighting with another man 2) watching little kids act out their beatings on their dolls and 3) anyone who criticizes him in the wake of kids killed on his advice.

    Mikey has no clue what true joy is, but he’s sure got plenty of experience with cheap laughter.

  • FrequentFlyer

    I’m trying to understand. Does he mean that parents can never relax? We can never show moderation in anything we do or feel. Everything has to be intense all the time. Only extremes are allowed. Ecstatic joy, total control, fierce judgment , harsh punishment or your children will think you’re so boring they will run to the devil? I don’t think it worked out very well for his own children, did it?

  • persephone

    This person if darkness is rocking the joy of having happy kids who don’t have to fake it. Going to see Inside Out tonight and i am looking forward to the laughter I will hear.

  • Mel

    In my life, “people of darkness” couldn’t accept me for who I am because they were too self-absorbed, too judgemental or too damaged to form a relationship of any sort. If you want to keep your kids, away from that, teach them to be discerning towards how people treat them. That’s advice Pearl cannot afford to give.

  • Anonyme

    ” Longsuffering is passionate in its quiet reserve, taking into consideration the needs and feelings of others.”

    I’m sure you’ve never given a fuck about the needs and feelings of others, Mikey.

  • Antoinette Herrera

    And across from the Beelzebub Boutique.

  • Antoinette Herrera

    Michael Pearl is one sick twist. But he remains consistent in doling out bad parenting advice. I’m sure he takes credit for whatever “success” stories he can find. The rest? Say it with me, people: It’s all the parents’ fault. Always and forever. And no, the parents can’t get the money back.

    And because too much of this toxic drivel is bad for one’s health…

  • Astrin Ymris

    Um… “passionate peace”? How does that work?

  • Karen the rock whisperer

    “They will walk away from their miserable parents and right into the Devil’s den without any doubt that they have finally found true meaning in life.”

    He’s right, you know. In the Devil’s den people accept you for who you are, a unique individual. Your quirks are not things to be beaten out of you, but gently commented on only if they’re self-destructive. Nobody gives a rat’s patootie if you like Worldly music, or stupid TV shows, or science fiction, or video games. They encourage your curiosity. They value your knowledge and encourage you to learn more. Horrible place! Evil people! The Devil’s den, indeed!

  • TheGreatA’Tuin

    He must be talking to those of us who have never read “To Train Up a Child” or employed the abuse methods found within. The teenager raised on that would know how to be properly joyful or risk the rod.