by Mark Watson as republished at No Greater Joy – Confidence When Facing Temptation
Editor’s note: This is one of those letters that the Pearls purport to get from others praising them for helping them overcome all sorts of stuff. This letter was accompanied with an article written in a rambling style about how the author had struggled with ‘lust’, but without the usual Pearl-dose of blaming and shaming that goes on in the likely-fake letters they publish. This is another toxic meme in quiverfull and fundamentalist beliefs, that God created you in such a way that you will constantly be tempted to sin. Their version of God always comes across like some sick and cruel bastard. Who would follow such a deity willingly?
When God created our body with all of its passions and drives, He was intentionally creating His own competition. Every soul has both a body and a conscience. Our conscience represents God’s interest and our body often in opposition representing, as always, its own interests. A temptation is any choice that leads away from what our conscience tells us is right. A temptation can only be a temptation if there is first an appetite, of which the body has an abundance. Our appetites originate in our bodies as God-given appetites. The devil can’t create an appetite in you. He can only twist the ones that God put in you in the first place, tempting you to satisfy them inappropriately. It’s only a natural appetite in our flesh that becomes a want. As a want is indulged it becomes a craving. Cravings become addictions. Eventually addictions trump all other considerations in the life of a person who is serving themselves by serving their flesh.
QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders, cultural enforcers and those that seek to keep women submitted to men 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 and Spiritual Abuse honestly and thoughtfully.
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