Quoting Quiverfull: Stay Home or God Will Dry Up Your Womb?

Quoting Quiverfull: Stay Home or God Will Dry Up Your Womb? May 30, 2016

quotingquiverfullby Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies – Misplaced

Editor’s note: There is so much fear mongering and discouraging threats in this piece that I had a hard time figuring which horrible idea to use as the title. One of the worse pieces I’ve seen from this ministry with threats about what God will do and how Satan will steal away your children away if you work outside of the home. A road map for making mothers very fearful. Oh, and Nancy is also doing her less than stellar Biblical word interpretations as well.

In Ezekiel chapter 19 we read an allegory. God talks about the tribe of Judah and likens her to a mother. As we read this passage, we understand God’s value of motherhood.

Ezekiel 19:10, 11: “Thy mother is like a vine in thy blood, planted by the waters: she was fruitful and full of branches by reason of many waters. And she had strong rods for the scepters of them that bare rule, and her stature was exalted among the thick branches, and she appeared in her height with the multitude of her branches.” The Hebrew word for “exalted” is gabah and means “to soar, to mount up, to lift up, to raise up to great height.”

God has exalted motherhood. He has placed it high in society. It is higher than all other careers. It is manifold and involves so many different areas.

Sadly, this allegory in Ezekiel 19:12-14 ends on a bitter note. “But she was plucked up in fury, she was cast down to the ground, and the east wind dried up her fruit: her strong rods were broken and withered; and the fire consumed them. And now she is planted in the wilderness, in a dry and thirsty ground. And fire is gone out of a rod of her branches, which hath devoured her fruit, so that she hath no strong rod to be a scepter to rule. This is a lamentation, and shall be for a lamentation.”

This passage is an up-to-date picture of motherhood in our society today. God exalted motherhood to a high place. He placed mothers in the home to enjoy fruitfulness and protection. But (notice the “but” in the above Scripture) angry hands came along, plucked them out of the home, and planted them in a wilderness. The wilderness in this passage literally speaks of Babylon, which is a type of confusion and deception.

This is where many mothers are planted today. They are misplaced! God intends for them to be in the home, but often they are away from their children whom God gave them to care for. Their wombs are “dried up” (v.12), because they no longer have time to have children. The children they do have are “devoured” (v. 14) by the enemy because they have vacated their post. They are not home to care for them. They have, often ignorantly, been sucked into the sly strategy of the enemy of our souls who wants to rob children of their mothers and mothers of their children.

Satan knows that if he can get mothers out of the home, he can get his hands upon the children and consequently steer the course of the nation. He is terrified of mothers who understand their divine calling and who will not be pushed out of the home, no matter what the situation. He is scared of mothers who are prepared to sacrifice many material things so they can stay home with their children.

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  • Friend

    Uh, Satan isn’t the omniscient and omnipresent one, Nan. This is just John Birch Society malarkey: “Satan knows that if he can get mothers out of the home, he can get his hands upon the children and consequently steer the course of the nation.”

  • Nightshade

    Let’s see if I’ve got this straight. Woman, you are to stay home, if you don’t your womb will dry up! But women who work outside the home still somehow manage to get pregnant and have children? Yeah, that makes a lot of (non)sense.

  • persephone

    I’ve got to quit reading the posts with Nancy quotes. I keep getting the worst headaches from my eyes trying to roll out of my head.

  • Aimee Shulman

    This woman sets herself up as an authority for how Christian women should live, yet she is so colossally ignorant that she does not even understand the Bible passages she hammers over the head with. This passage IS ABSOLUTELY NOT meant to be a metaphor for actual motherhood! It is a metaphor for Israel (the “mother” of the Hebrew people for whom the book of Ezekiel was written) turning away from God and consequently being sent into exile! The message of the passage is nothing to do with housewifery, and everything to do with Israel’s sinful behavior bringing about their own destruction. The entire context of the book of Ezekiel is that Israel needs to repent of their wicked ways and return to God so that their exile and punishment can be mitigated; however, Nancy has completely screwed up by declaring this passage a threat to wives and mothers. There IS NO SUCH THREAT THERE.

    Also, I can’t help but notice that she has carefully chosen NOT to reference the first half of the chapter, which likens Israel to a lioness which taught her cubs to “hunt men” and “devour” them and to “lay waste cities.” Perhaps this does not fit the image of the pathologically subservient down-on-the-ground scullery maid that Nancy thinks wives should be. The Proverbs 31 “wife of noble character” a) owns and runs at least one business; b) deals in real estate; c) is completely in charge of her home; d) is at least as much of a breadwinner as her husband. And yet, she is praised by both husband and children, and is declared worthy of such praise by the Scripture itself. Huh. Maybe God doesn’t agree with Nancy that women who do any kind of work outside the home are literally forcing their children to become evil sinners.

    And finally, Nancy dear, how DARE you act like other women are devil children for doing anything other than look after their kids, when we all know that YOU have had servants, oh sorry, “interns learning to be keepers at home,” helping you to raise YOUR kids and take care of YOUR house and do the chores that YOU consider beneath your highness’ dignity. Get off that high horse.

  • Anonyme

    Argh. I hate her subtext of demonizing mothers who put their children in daycare/other care arrangement. Not being around the kiddos 24/7 doesn’t mean that mothers are neglectful and will never have a good relationship with their children. *raaage*

    Also, leave Mary Cassat out of this, Nancy.

  • Nea

    Satan might be terrified, but I’m not fussed either way.

  • Mirella222

    So staying at home will offer you fruitfulness and protection? This is just demonstrably false. To begin with, your fertility does not magically disappear the moment you get a job, and you do not suddenly become more fertile if you work at home. And what protection does staying at home offer you, exactly? The protection to never have to interact with people outside of your belief system? In contrast, having a job, even a part time minimum wage job, can offer you and your family actual, tangible protection. It means that you don’t suddenly have no income if your husband dies or becomes ill or becomes disabled or abandons you; it means that you can save more money for retirement and avoid destitution in your old age; it means that you’ll have more money in case of emergencies and unforeseen expenses; it means you can give your kids extra things like music lessons and such; and there is so much more. (I am by no means saying that everyone has to work outside of the home; every family is unique and you have to do what is best for your situation – this is merely meant to show that the mother working can offer protection to her family and herself, and should not be seen as a bad thing).

  • SAO

    “Your fertility doesn’t magically disappear the moment younget a job.”

    What a pity, right? Nothing would get women into the workforce faster.

  • SAO

    Do as I say or the devil gonna get you.

  • guest

    Aimee, you can take any passage of the Bible and use it to make your point. That is at the core of QF, complementarianism, patriarchy, the prosperity gospel, indeed, most doctrines that manage to separate the Church into smaller groups are built upon an interpretation of a cluster of passages or verses, and then majoring on that doctrine as being somehow more important than other beliefs we all share.

    I believe Nancy is a victim of the system she’s in and so strongly preaches: salvation by works.

  • Mirlo

    It’s such a very Western thought that stay home OR leave your children for strangers to raise are your only two choices. My Eastern mindset has trouble grasping that one way is Christian, the other way is not, and there’s no third choice. Are there no extended families? Is it harmful to leave your children with their grandmother/auntie/cousin for a few hours? Don’t daycare teachers (the good ones) become like extended family over time? Are there no jobs that you can take your kids to work with you and see them throughout the day? There are so many other options!

  • katiehippie

    I’ve been lucky that my kids grandmothers are in the same town but if I had moved away, I wouldn’t have extended family to watch them. Daycare teachers can become like extended family but it is expensive as daycare is rarely subsidized in the United States. I don’t know of any jobs in my area that you can take kids to work. If you were self employed you possibly could but my workplace doesn’t allow you to bring kids in other than for a few minutes if you are on the way to an appointment for them.

  • texassa

    Religion: Convincing women and girls to give up self-sufficiency so they can be controlled and abused throughout their lives.

  • AuntKaylea

    There is so much wrong with this – beginning with the marginalization of women who are unable to have children. Are such women born as “less spiritual”?