Jessa Duggar Seewald: Preaching Hellfire and Brimstone

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Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald getting it on in public

Several days ago, Jessa Duggar Seewald, one of the Duggar 19 and counting clan, took to Facebook to express her righteous indignation over people using human logic and reason to determine how to live their lives. In the fashion of Jonathan Edwards Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, Duggar Seewald blasted all those who live their lives by any other standard than hers:

One of the most quoted verses from the Bible is Matthew 7:1 “Judge not!” Whenever someone speaks out against something that God calls sin, “Don’t judge!” can be heard coming from a thousand lips. People don’t like to have other people disapprove of the way they’re choosing to live their life.

I will speak to you a hard truth. I do not write this because I think that it will bring me popularity. It won’t. But it is Truth from the Word of God: the Bible.

To not tell people this is to hide the truth from them. To keep silent is to not care for their eternal destiny! I care about you, and this is why I am speaking out!

In this world, people have seared their consciences. The standard of what is “ok” or “permissible” in our society today, hardly reflects God’s standard.

People are content to live on in lying, cursing, pride, anger, bitterness, disrespecting of parents, lust, pornography, fornication, adultery, and other sexual sins– and if anyone tries to confront them, their attitude and response is, “You live your life, I’ll live mine. Don’t you tell me what to do! Only God can judge me!”

They don’t even realize what they’re saying. God’s judgement isn’t something to be taken lightly! It should scare you! Man’s “judgement” is a 1000x lighter… usually just a voicing of disapproval. But when unbelieving, sinful men die and stand before God, He justly condemns them to hell.

But people disregard the Bible, and instead use all kinds of human logic to try to justify their way of living:

Person #1: “I’ve been living this lifestyle for years, and I’m a ‘Christian.’ I don’t feel that God is angry with me. I believe in a loving God, not one who would send people to hell.”

The person speaking this is right– their god is not angry with them. He can’t be, because he doesn’t exist. They are not talking about the God of the Bible. They have created a god in their own mind to suit themselves. They have removed any notion of the Justice of God, and have created a god of their imagination that they can be comfortable with.

The Bible teaches that God is a Just Judge, and He must punish sin. Every one of us have broken God’s law, and hell is our deserved punishment. (Unless you’re reading some very distorted “translation” of the Bible, you cannot get around the fact that there is a hell).

Person #2: “I have a ‘peace’ about this, and I’m listening to my heart. God doesn’t seem to be judging me. If God didn’t approve, why wouldn’t He strike me dead right now?”

First off, our human hearts are bent toward sin and not righteousness. We shouldn’t follow the inclinations of our heart, but rather we know what is right and wrong according to what we find in God’s Word: the Bible.

Secondly, God isn’t slacking to fulfill His promised Judgement on sin–it’s coming. And the only reason you’re are alive right now is because He is merciful and has kept your heart beating for another day. He is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should reach repentance. But He will not hold back forever. The hours of your time here on earth are ticking away. You’re not promised another day, or even another breath. God’s Day of Judgement draws near. It will come as a thief in the night–when you least expect it. Everything that you have done in secret will be exposed. Nothing we do is hidden from God’s view. (1 Peter 3:9&10)

This should be concerning to you. I know it was for me! When I saw myself in light of God’s standard, and I knew that I fell short. But I found hope in the Gospel– the “good news” of Jesus Christ! I would still be lost today were it not for His grace!

Read what God has done so that you and I might be forgiven of our sins and saved from the punishment we deserve:

16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” John 3:16-21

Repent! Turn away from sin, and to Jesus Christ today! Be saved from the wrath to come.

The believing man has Christ’s perfect record put to their account.

God gives him a new heart and new desires.

If you find yourself a sinner in need of Jesus, then open your Bible today and begin to read the books of John and Romans. Let the Word of God root out the sins of your heart. Do not let up until you have found Salvation for your soul!

Standard Evangelical scare tactics. God is gonna get you for sinning. He may not get you in this life, but, Duggar Seewald promises, he will get you in the life to come.

Duggar Seewald lists the following sins:

  • Lying
  • Cursing
  • Pride
  • Anger
  • Bitterness
  • Disrespecting of parents
  • Lust
  • Pornography
  • Fornication
  • Adultery
  • Other sexual sins

Four of these  sins have to do with sex. It seems that the Duggar clan spends an awful lot of time talking about sex. Why is that? Why are Evangelicals, in general, obsessed with who is sticking what, when, and where? Inquiring minds want to know, what exactly is “o-t-h-e-r sexual sins”? Kissing before marriage? Copping a feel on a Friday night date? And why didn’t she mention the sexual sin above all sins, the sin Evangelicals love to call sodomy?

Here’s the good news. We all get to watch the Duggar children grow up. Some day, researchers and reporters will delve into the lives of the Duggar clan and I suspect they’ll find that the Duggar family is not quite as pure as the driven snow. Perhaps, as a commenter mentioned, we’ll find out one of the Duggar children is gay. Wouldn’t THAT be sweet? Or worse yet, we’ll find out that several of them fornicated (held hands, you know the way Martians have sex) before marriage. Perhaps one of the Duggar boys wills will finally admit to spanking the monkey/choking the chicken/beating the meat, depriving the world of potential little Duggars.

If there is one thing I know for certain it is this; those who pride themselves in being morally superior to the unwashed, uncircumcised Philistines of the “world” will someday be exposed as hypocrites and frauds. As the Duggar family Bible says, Pride goeth before a fall.

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14 Comments

  1. Stephanie

    I don’t know why people are surprised when they start talking like fundamentalists, since, ya know, they’re fundamentalists. They always assume that heathens think anything is permissible when we don’t! I actually agree with some things on her list being wrong or not positive and others with qualifications. I live my life by thinking about the needs and feelings of others while weighing differences in situations. Sure, it’s more complicated sometimes but I think it leads to better outcomes.

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  2. Matt Martin

    Wait, doesn’t Duggar-Seewald come from a religious tradition which requires women to keep their big yaps shut on questions of the faith? Who is this uppity bint to be sermonising to the rest of us?

    Perhaps Mr Seewald should remind his scold of a wife of what St Paul had to say about such things.

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  3. Doug B.

    I’m sure got permission from her husband to post what she did.

    The other point I want to make is she points out items that she probably has had experience with and she is afraid of the consequences. Fundamentalists rail against sins not because they think it would make a better world but because it they are guilty for doing the sins.

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  4. Bruce Gerencser (Post author)

    And leave it to the Galatians 4 blog to say that Duggar Seewald is preaching a false gospel http://galatiansfour.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-false-gospel-of-jessa-duggar.html

    Gotta love it when The followers of Jesus devour one another in Christian love.

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    1. Aram McLean

      I went by that site and holy shit! The latest post on the black and blue or white and gold dress dilemma was classic. The guy honestly thinks ‘they’ are simply posting two different photos and that’s why people see different colours. (?) Meanwhile it’s all just a distraction so that Obama could sign away ‘our freedoms’ with net neutrality. And to top it off the Galatians guy was smug about his obvious intelligence. Those people are mad as cheese! Why did you send me there, Bruce? Why?

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      1. brbr2424

        The dress? Thanks Obama!

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  5. Geoff

    The last 2 paragraphs of this post are truly excellent.

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  6. John Arthur

    Hi Bruce,

    ” Person #2 …”

    I think if this young lady would listen more to her heart she might actually find that more compassion and tolerance towards others from her just might be one result. Perhaps she would be better off without reading the bible for a while and paid more attention to our common humanity, recognised that all of have failings and that peace, compassion, joy and generosity of spirit might be more helpful than criticising others for what she perceives are their failings.

    I am sure glad that the Duggars do not appear on Perth television here in Western Australia,

    Shalom,

    John Arthur

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  7. mikespeir

    She’s naive. Give her time.

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  8. Troy

    I give grudging respect to the Duggars, since they have remarkable biological fitness. A good way to describe them is don’t think too hard and make lots of babies.
    I think Bruce you may be right, there likely is a scandal a brewin’. I have no doubt that real problems are swept under the rug and replaced with “Leave it to Beaver” conflicts for “the show”. They see their perfection facade goes hand-in-hand with an evangelistic mandate. The problem is their are too many of them and dark secrets might come out eventually.
    Wouldn’t it be interesting if one of them became a heretic? Now that would be t.v. worth watching!

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    1. Becky Wiren

      I’m waiting for one of their kids to be gay, and one of their kids (or more) to become atheists. Shoot, why, one of their children might become one of the most evil things of ALL to the Duggars…a progressive! 😉

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  9. brbr2424

    That gem puts her in the fourth quadrant of Barney Stinson’s hot/crazy graph. Her rant is unintentionally funny. She has lived in a bubble but she is giving life advice. I suspect she got married for the same wrong reason a lot of young women in abusive homes get married. The marriage allowed her to escape the stifling and dreary home environment, even though she doesn’t seem that in to him. They clean him up for the photo shoots, but she seems way out of his league.

    I give her credit for recognizing that the God that other Christians believe in doesn’t actually exit. Maybe she can allow her brain to wander out of its box and question whether the God she believes in actually exists.

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    1. Troy

      I think they are a good looking couple. I don’t think she is out of his league. At least the Duggar baby production factory isn’t polluting the gene pool with uglies.
      That’s pretty common in religious circles from the Pope to the Duggars, living in a bubble and giving life advice.

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      1. Troy

        Oops I thought that’d come out as a thumbnail, my bad!

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