Josh Duggar, Conquering Sin, and Overcoming the World

Unless you’ve been living under an internet rock for the last week or so, you’ve most likely heard that the eldest son of the Duggar family, the subject of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting reality TV show, Josh Duggar, has admitted that when he was 14-years old he inappropriately touched some of his sisters as they slept. While this is an awful, horrible thing, and sexual sin is a deep, dark, and evil trap – there is something to be celebrated about this story. Josh Duggar, with the help of God and his supportive family, conquered his addiction to sexual sin.
Most people, especially the liberal mainstream media, look at this situation and scoff at another outspoken conservative Christian that fell into sin. “My, how the mighty have fallen”, right? People have been crowded around, licking their chops, waiting for a Duggar to fall so they could take them down. Obviously, our TV is no place for people with conservative values to voice their opinions. Ask Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty about that. There is an all-out war on conservative Christianity in our culture.
Even other Christians are so quick to cast judgment upon believers in the public eye that fall into sin. Social media is inundated with misled Christians that think that slandering other Christ followers is somehow a good idea. It’s not. It’s never a good idea. Seeing Christians taking shots at each other in a public arena only creates stumbling blocks for those that don’t believe.
In all of this social media debating and mudslinging, people fail to see the good that comes from this situation. Josh Duggar was a teenager when he did these things to these girls and he turned himself in to his parents. He realized that he had done wrong. They got help. While we don’t have much in the way of details, (and honestly, what business is it of ours?) but in the past 13 or so years, this family has dealt with it. Josh has been fully restored by Christ because he asked for forgiveness and moved forward. He met a girl and was completely open and transparent with her about it. They ended up getting married and have a beautiful and growing family. That is the full restoration and reconciliation of Christ, but for some reason, that’s not enough for the public.
We should be excited for Josh. This isn’t a scandal – this is his testimony. It’s by God’s grace and mercy that he can stand with confidence and admit that what he did was horrible and atrocious, but God has restored him.
A story from the Bible has been thrown around a lot in the past couple of days that a lot of people are getting wrong. In John chapter 8, the Pharisees brought a woman before Jesus who had been caught in the act of adultery. They paraded her in front of a big crowd where Jesus was teaching and said that the law of Moses says that she had to be stoned to death. Jesus said that anyone that hasn’t sinned can throw the first rock. I imagine that if he was speaking into a microphone, he would have held it straight out and dropped it. Everyone walked away.
This group of people is the same type of group piling on Josh Duggar. Christians and non-believers alike, they’re ready to see a bloodbath. People have been replying to this sentiment by saying things like, “Well, I’ve never molested anyone, so I can throw stones!” No, Jesus said that anyone that hasn’t committed ANY sin can chuck rocks. Of course, we all know that Romans 3:23 says that ALL have sinned and fall short of God’s glory. Like it or not, all sin is on a level playing field with God. Do different sins have different consequences here on Earth? Sure, but God just sees our sinful hearts equally.
Jesus turned to the woman after everyone cleared out and Jesus asked her, “Where are your accusers? Isn’t anyone going to condemn you?” She said no and he replied, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” THAT is the difference. When you’re caught up in sin and have the world at your doorstep ready to tear you apart, the only one NOT condemning you is Jesus. He is the king of second chances when the world won’t give you one. All you have to do is ask for it. But there’s one catch to turning your tragedy into testimony…
“Go and sin no more.”
For Josh Duggar, that means get help, pray, seek forgiveness; get counseling for himself and his sisters. Notice that Jesus didn’t just say to “sin no more”; he said “GO and sin no more.” Move forward. Make progress. Show the world that you refuse to be defined by your past failures. Don’t allow the world to tear you down just because your sin is a little different than their own sin. If anyone reading this is stuck in a deep dark sin that they think will ruin them if it came out in the open, know that Jesus isn’t condemning you. There’s still time to turn it around.
So, we should celebrate the testimony of Josh Duggar. As a young man, he was into a deep and terrible sin, but by the grace of God is now redeemed and restored. He had the courage to stand up to the sin inside himself and to the world that wants to eat him alive right now. This whole situation reveals how wise, courageous, and strong the Duggar family can be.
Sin is a dirty, awful, evil thing; but the restoration of our heart that comes from Christ is a beautiful thing.

Jon Hill

I'm a 28 year old husband, father of 3, Christian DJ, PlayStation fanboy, and retro video game collector from Chesapeake, VA.

7 Comments

  1. Colliequest on June 6, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    I am kinda dismayed at the response from people at large. My default position is always “I wasn’t there, I can’t judge other people’s motives”. I was sexually assaulted by a family member a long time ago, and from the information given it sounds similar to this case. (From the information given it sounds more like teenage curiosity than perversion. Not that that makes it any less wrong, it doesn’t.) I have no reason to believe that the person responsible in my case still molests five year olds. So, it’s not impossible for people to change.

    One thing I definitely want to mention is that the legal definition of sexual assault can include a lot of things, and not all things will necessarily have the same affects. Especially on different people. My case of abuse left me with no emotional trauma.
    It’s not up to me to say how Josh’s victims were affected, but I do question how emotionally traumatizing being felt over in your sleep can be.

    • Brianna LaPoint on June 10, 2015 at 1:20 pm

      Not everyone does change. The only person you can change is yourself.

  2. dschram on June 3, 2015 at 12:39 am

    I am all for forgiveness but let’s not neglect the reality of the full situation. This is from a former insider: http://www.salon.com/2015/05/28/i_couldve_been_a_duggar_wife_i_grew_up_in_the_same_church_and_the_abuse_scandal_doesnt_shock_me/

    • MB on June 4, 2015 at 9:06 am

      Agreed. I don’t think we should start talking about how great this guy is just yet. He’s caused some major damage to these children and that doesn’t usually go away over night. Yes God is all loving but let’s not forget that He loves these girls too and they are the ones who are most vulnerable and need to be protected. I do believe that Josh can be forgiven by Christ but still face the consequences for his actions through the justice system.

      Joshua Rogers, a Christian writer who was sexually abused as a child, did a piece on his blog about the Duggars. It’s worth reading.

      • Colliequest on June 6, 2015 at 11:43 pm

        I was sexually assaulted by a family member as a child and I was not very affected. Of course, I don’t hold my case to have been as “bad” as others. Plus, not everyone necessarily reacts the same way.
        It’s not my place to say how the girls were affected, but I do question how emotionally damaging being felt over while asleep can be. It’s hard to say without knowing the full details, of course, and I do wish to avoid trampling on other people’s business. But if the girls weren’t affected, perhaps they did do what was necessary. Or perhaps they didn’t. We aren’t really told, at least to my knowledge. (And I’d hope not. I doubt the girls would want media attention.)

        From what I have read and discussed with others, the Duggars did not handle the situation in the best way possible (being sent away to work on someone’s house is not counseling). But I don’t know the entire situation, so I feel it isn’t my place to judge too much.
        I know nothing about the Duggars and Josh other than what I’ve heard and from what I know of them their show wouldn’t be my cup of tea, for a few reasons. As to Josh, I feel only God truly knows his heart. It’s not my place to say.

        • MB on June 7, 2015 at 1:01 pm

          Yes there’s so much we don’t know. I’ll admit this particular post hit a nerve and I reacted more emotionally that I would have liked.

          Mm yes. Some peope might disagree with you on how damaging such an act is, but you are aware of this 🙂 I hesitate to play down a victim’s experience, no matter how inconsequential it may seem to us from the outside.

          There is also a spiritual element at play here as what he did can create an ungodly spiritual tie between himself and his sisters. However there is nothing that Jesus cannot overcome, no hurt he cannot heal. Praise God.

    • Colliequest on June 7, 2015 at 12:05 am

      Interesting. I had heard of them having a different, more extreme brand of conservative Christianity than I grew up with.
      I don’t care about their show and never have, even less so now that I had a falling out with the conservative Christianity I grew up with. Even if I thought that had some wacky ideas, it’s got nothing on what the article describes.

      On the guy himself, I do think it was probably little more than a case of teenage curiosity and I’m willing to believe the guy truly repented. (It’s not my place to say he didn’t.)

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