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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Why We Are not Quiverfull – Part 3 – Idolatry and Cultic Tendencies


Here is Part 3 in the series on why we are not followers of Quiverfull.  If you have not read the introduction or Part 1 and Part 2, you may wish to start with those by clicking on the respective links.

Part 3 is dealing with the fact that Quiverfull has some factors that lead some people to idolatry in various ways, and because of its nature, it lends itself to some cultic behavior.  Both of these issues are very serious and unacceptable in the body of Christ.


1 John 5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

One of the significant problems with the ideology of Quiverfull is that it easily falls into idolatry. The first point we will discuss is worship of the family.

The assumption that we can take over the world for Christ by having lots of babies is a foundational idea behind the larger movement as we discussed in Part 1.  This need of "raising arrows" can then quickly take the preeminence in people's lives to the point of taking the place of well-rounded Christian living as commanded to the church.  The focus really does end up on the family and it can, and does at times, become an idol.

Ephesians 4:14-15 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

More than one church, ministry, and family has become imbalanced in the Christian life because they focused too much on one subject to the exclusion of all others.  It doesn't matter how good that subject or issue may seem, when it is the "all-important" one it leads to a lopsided view at best, and idolatry at worst.  God intends us to be well balanced, not running to any extremes but teaching and believing the whole counsel of God, not just the parts that relate to our favorite topics.  Acts 20:27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. When anything becomes so important that we will ignore or contradict other doctrine and even deny the truth of scripture to defend it, it has become an idol.  As we already discussed in Part 2 of this series, the free will of mankind has been negated by the teachings of Quiverfull in at least some instances.  I believe there are other things that are idolatrous as well.


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  1. Thank you. I have been blessed by this series.

    1. You are welcome. I'm very glad it has been a blessing to you.
      Thank you for commenting. It is useful to know if people are being helped by things.

  2. Very good points, Mary! I completely agree - I have seen this kind of idolatry occur in families with a lot of kids! We have to be watchful in all circumstances. Thanks for linking up with Grace and Truth.

    1. Thank you for commenting and for your encouragement. I agree that we need to be watchful in all circumstances. It is easy to allow idols into our lives without realizing it.