I had initially meant to write a different article today, but something else has taking center stage and is much more important to address.
I also must mention that Josh Duggar, as well as the rest of the Duggar Family, are people that I respect deeply. I do believe that they are true believers.
This issue is the recent news about Josh Duggar. Particularly that he, at the age of 14, had molested up to five known young girls. This is a sin. We need to call it what it is. It is a horrible sin deserving of eternal punishment. Josh was beyond wrong in doing that. He deserves everlasting torment in Hell for it, as the Bible makes clear. If you don't believe me, read Romans 6:23 (ESV),
"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
"I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions. I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life. In my life today, I am very thankful for God's grace, mercy, and redemption."
Stop. I hope you noticed it too. There is more to this verse than, "The Wages of Sin is death..." That is an important part, believe me, but the second part is just as crucial. "The free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." This verse teaches two crucial, essential lessons to the Christian faith:
Josh has repented of this. His parents took action to seek help for each of the victims and himself, even taking him to the authorities. I would get the outrage and the stone throwing if he had not repented, and if his parents had tried to keep it hidden. That is not what happened, though. He has repented. He said,
“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends, I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.”
It would be different if these were merely words, and he went right back into his sin like many who profess Christ do. But Josh has shown a life that shows he is likely a true believer. His life testifies to that change.
I also must mention, he was a 14-year-old unbeliever at the time. It has been 13 years, he has been regenerated, and he has shown by his life that that was likely a true repentance.
Let me ask, what are the worst of sins you committed? Have you stolen? Committed adultery? Were you a vehement pagan that slandered God? Let me ask, has a single one of you looked with lust who are throwing the stones at Josh Duggar? Then you have committed Adultery yourself (Matthew 5:27-28). Does that mean judgement should not be made? No. But righteous judgement in light of the fact that he repented is what should be made.
If you so richly want the Gospel applied to yourself, apply it to others. The shed blood of Jesus Christ on that cross paid for the sins of Josh Duggar just as much as yourself. Grace is getting what you don't deserve. No man, not Josh Duggar, not you, not me, deserves forgiveness. Yet clearly, God gives it.
Mercy is not getting what we all do deserve. If Josh Duggar is truly saved, and his life evidences that he is, then he will not be condemned for this. Why should we not show the same love to our apparent brother that Christ has shown to us?
So I, like Ray Comfort, Eric Hovind, the Duggar Family, J.D. Hall, Matt Walsh, and many others, will not use this to condemn him, but instead glorify the merciful God who saved Josh Duggar.
[Writer's Note: In light of the revelation of Josh's continual life of adultery, I am forced to admit that the odds are that he isn't a Christian. While that does change whether or not he is saved, that still doesn't change the fact that he can be saved if he repents.]
"The Gospel is for Josh Duggar, Too" by Cameron Dobbins
"The Duggar Disaster" by Todd Friel
This Post on the Official Duggar Family Facebook page
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Brandon C. Hines is a young writer from somewhere in northern Alabama who writes about Theology, Polemics, and Apologetics. His beliefs are best summarized by the 1689 London Baptist Confession.
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