Quoting Quiverfull: Your Bad Mood is Sin?

Quoting Quiverfull: Your Bad Mood is Sin? August 13, 2016

quotingquiverfullby Jon Bloom at John Piper’s Desiring God – Lay Aside the Weight of Moodiness

Editor’s note: More thought and emotion control nonsense from the religious right. They discount things such as mental illness but later allows for things that beset only women; periods, pregnancy and childbirth as possible reasons you might have fluctuating moods. It’s just not that simple or formulaic. Humans are complex with a myriad of reasons their moods might not be always up. It’s not sin to be sad, or angry, or feeling deflated, it happens to everyone.

The Manipulative Power of Moods

But we’re all still guided by our moods too often — by certain emotions we like, and others we don’t like. We forget that these emotions are gauges, so we don’t trace our moods back to their cause. Rather, when we feel emotions we don’t like, we quickly look to anything that might alter them to something more pleasant.

This makes us vulnerable to all sorts of temptations. Satan can easily manipulate us when we would rather superficially alter our mood than address its underlying beliefs. All we have to do is think about our own besetting sins. They are often habitual sinful reactions to emotions and moods we’re desperately trying to alter or escape.

But we’re not only manipulated by our moods; we also use them to manipulate others. We know that others dislike and resist unpleasant emotions just like we do. So our sinful, selfish natures seek to use this to our advantage. We leverage our bad moods to make others unhappy in order to get them to do what we want or to punish them for hurting us.

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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  • Melody

    Sounds like being human is a sin. Oh wait, of course, it is a sin.

  • Abigail Smith

    Don’t get me started on this topic…It nearly killed me…but it was so familiar because my abusive parents told me this too….yet they could be sad, angry all the time…GRRRR

    “Jesus wept.”is the shortest verse in the bible… How is that not being sad?

  • Astrin Ymris

    You must exert total control over your thoughts and feelings, lest you commit thoughtcrime.

    George Orwell’s dystopian fantasy has nothing on the CPM’s cultural enforcers.

  • Karen the rock whisperer

    “We leverage our bad moods to make others unhappy in order to get them to do what we want or to punish them for hurting us.”

    Who’s this WE? Most people I know who are inclined to negative moods are disinclined to afflict them on someone else. If they snap, they apologize. They might retreat to being alone/practicing self-care if they can. That’s clearly not true of everyone; in fact, I was on the receiving end of a great deal of bad mood-induced behavior growing up. But part of being an adult is not letting mood unduly influence your behavior.

  • The super cultic Watchman Nee goes on and on about this same thing as well as any activity that you know has potential to put you in a bad mood. So each sin is really like about three or four of them until you’re done being self-absorbed instead of repenting or commending yourself from not acting on your grumpy emotions. Common fare at my old cultic church.

  • Piper’s too late to the pity party, sorry @#$%^!*

  • AuntKaylea

    I was unusually irritable for a few months – I thought it was because I was not sleeping – waking up in the middle of the night with what seemed like panic attacks.

    Thankfully, I went to a doctor for help. I thought I needed anxiety meds. With great embarrassment (due to my church view at the time) I said yes to wanting anxiety medication, and the kind doctor wrote me a prescription for xanax because he saw that I desperately needed sleep. He then immediately booked me for additional tests. Turns out it wasn’t anxiety or bad mood, but rather a 7cm tumor in my thyroid poisoning my whole system. The anxiety-like symptoms were my only symptom that something was wrong.

    Mood can be a signal a variety of health issues; mental health should always be looked at for physiological factors as well. No amount of counseling can fix what is physiological.

  • Abigail Smith

    Watchman Nee’s books gave me a sick feeling, but I didn’t know why…..it makes sense now. Didn’t realize he was super-cultic

  • Abigail Smith

    you are so right. I’m glad you got help! Imagine how many others are suffering needlessly at this moment in fundamentalism thinking that it is more holy to “pray it away”.