Ecclesiastes 10:1 Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.
This post is not likely to be a popular one. Some things in this life are not pleasant to deal with. For those who wonder why I would address this subject, let me give a brief explanation.
The “patriarchal” movement, as it is called, is generally an extremely conservative Christian sect which promotes and preaches the idea that the father is the central and most important figure of the home. It is considered his right to rule the home as he sees fit, but in a way that too often goes well beyond the requirements of scriptural headship. The so-called “Quiverfull” movement is based on the ideology that we should “trust God with our families” and by “faith” “receive every blessing He wants to give us” in regard to children – usually meaning that any form of birth prevention (even non-life-threatening ones) is “wicked” or sinful. (It is not uncommon for this to extend even to the point where the mother’s life is in danger or her health is seriously compromised.) Because there are many different groups who hold to part of the theories surrounding these views, it’s hard to give basic beliefs that apply in all cases. One common view seems to be that through having large, father-centric families, they will be able to “reclaim” society and win the “war” against an evil culture. Of course, this is not the message of the gospel preached unto us. See 1 Corinthians 15:1-10.
Doug Phillips is a well known and prominent leader in the “patriarchy” and Quiverfull movements as well as in the homeschooling world. He has taught many followers on the subjects of fatherhood, motherhood, marriage, the family, the father-centered home, purity, homeschooling, courtship/betrothal, the restoring of America and the church through the restoring of the home/family, multi-generational family “Visions”, and the need to “take back” America through large families that are then trained up to be “warriors” who will go out and win the “war on culture”. After all of this, he has been unfaithful to his wife – a direct failure of the things for which he has so strongly spoken.
Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
The entire situation is very unpleasant, but it is my hope that through this perhaps some people will begin to question the ideology that places the father and families in a place of importance that often supersedes that of Jesus Christ and his bride, the church. I hope that there will be those who in questioning this ideology will find that it is not a righteous and biblical interpretation for the church age, but is based upon a misguided doctrine that removes Israel from all of the promises and blessings in the Old Testament and appropriates them to the church, and that in realizing this, they will also realize that “patriarchy”, as taught by these people, is not true Christ-centered, Christianity. It is my hope that they will re-examine the teachings of the New Testament and realize the liberty that we truly have in Christ.
Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Because so many people in the conservative parts of the Christian community have bowed to Doug Phillips and Vision Forum in one way or another, accepting their teachings without examining the scripture to see if these things be so (Acts 17:11), it seemed needful to bring this subject forward for examination. If you’ve never had to deal with this subject nor its adherents, you are blessed. There are some sweet people among them, but there is also a strangeness to the manners and behavior of too many of them that has bothered some of us on more than one occasion. The smell of legalism and bondage is heavy around this movement.
So, here are some things to consider specifically relating to the details surrounding Mr. Phillips’ sin and resignation.