Quoting Quiverfull: Part 6 – 7 Things Michael Pearl Thinks Are Important?

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 6 – 7 Things Michael Pearl Thinks Are Important? December 20, 2016

quotingquiverfullby Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy magazine – Seven Things I See

Editor’s note: Michael uses his prison ministry as his illustrative point here, ignoring the obvious problems in the prison population. He acts like substance abuse issues, childhood abuse, lack of education or lack of financial resources play no role in the successful rehabilitation of the prison population. He prefers to chalk it up to sheer laziness. Is it laziness to not know how to best engage in work, or to lack the tools to participate in society?

5. Laziness destroys success.

The Scriptures call it slothfulness. Teaching a child to love working is one of the greatest gifts you can impart. I have spent over 2,000 hours ministering in the prisons, and I have seen men released only to return six months later. I have also met other released inmates at the work place years after they did their time. Without doubt, the thing that most determines whether or not a man will make it in the outside world or be recycled through the system again and again is whether or not he is lazy. The hard worker gets a job and stays busy with no time to hang out and idle away at home or on the street. He has self-respect, a vision, and goals, and he is happy succeeding. The lazy man is self-loathing and bored, seeking meaning in things that will land him back in prison. Furthermore, a hard worker is admired and liked, whereas a lazy man is scorned and despised by his peers. There is no such thing as a successful lazy man.

In the last generation, we have become a society of lazy takers rather than a nation of entrepreneurs. It demands patience to teach a child to work. You must put aside your propensity to do it yourself, and allow your child to make a mess of working beside you. You have to see the child’s effort rather than the quality of the job.

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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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  • Storm

    “In the last generation, we have become a society of lazy takers rather than a nation of entrepreneurs.”
    Do we really have to go over this again?
    We are no more lazy than previous generations. Guess who we remember from past generations – those who invent and create. Artists, politicians, philosophers, scientists – we remember people who accomplished things. But people on average were still as lazy as we’ve ever been. Perhaps they had to work harder to survive, but the ability to relax a bit and enjoy the fruits of our labor and our short, short time here on this planet is not a crime or a sin.
    The sad thing is, it’s not just Michael Pearl and other such quiverfull types spouting this nonsense – you can hear it on news stations and in opinions articles everywhere, how lazy people are, how self absorbed the next generation is going to be – it’s all a bunch of crap. Humans are human and have been for thousands of years. Some are lazy, some work hard. Most fall in between.

  • SAO

    Yep, this is why we need to gut Medicare, Social Security and Obamacare, so all those slothful 80-somethings don’t suck from the gov’t teat. No! They’ll go out and get real jobs.

    Entrepreneurship is oversold. Sure, some people have great ideas and the skill to build a business. Others don’t. It’s kind of like sports. Lots of kids play, few have the talent and develop the skills to make it in professional sports.

  • guest

    “It demands patience to teach a child to work. You must put aside your
    propensity to do it yourself, and allow your child to make a mess of
    working beside you. You have to see the child’s effort rather than the
    quality of the job.”
    Now there’s one point I agree with.

  • persephone

    Just no, Mikey. No.

    Overworked and underpaid public defenders don’t have the time or assistance to prevent youthful and first offenders out of the system. Once someone has a felony on their record, getting a job is extremely hard. It has little to do with being lazy. Race also plays a huge part.

    BTW, Mikey, all those men attending your services are bored. They’re attending so they can get out of their cells.

  • Saraquill

    Pearl, you can’t be bothered to clean up garbage you spilled, nor to step in and do chores for your injured, exhausted wife. You are a lazy turd. I’ve also read your version of teaching children. Beatings are not the same as patience.

  • Saraquill

    What’s the likelihood of Pearl actually practicing this?

  • Nea

    And remember, this is the guy with a soon in law that refuses to work at all, and his own children can’t hold jobs for long. THAT’S the work ethic he installed.

  • Nea

    His own kids failed at entrepreneurship. All. Of. His. Own. Kids.

  • zizania

    I know it was a typo, but I love that “soon in law”. I think that’s what I should start calling my son’s fiancee.

  • bekabot

    In the last generation, we have become a society of lazy takers rather than a nation of entrepreneurs.

    I’m still waiting for even the smallest vestige of real entrepreneurship to emerge from the Fundagelical right wing. I’ve been waiting a long time, and, since I don’t classify people who brand themselves and then sell the self-brand as entrepreneurs, I expect I’ll be waiting for a long time to come.

  • I’ve heard that they used to say it in ancient Athens.
    Lacking a classical education, I can’t give the exact quote, but it’s a known thing.

  • Storm

    “The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.” – Socrates

    It was also a common complaint in Victorian times about upper class young people, especially women, reading novels.