Duggar Family Pastor Focuses Sunday Sermon on Infidelity After Ashley Madison Hack: 'We're in a Sexual Epidemic'
The church's Sunday sermon focused on marriage, infidelity and sexuality
Ronnie Floyd, the senior pastor of Cross Church in Springdale, Arkansas – where the Duggar family has attended in the past– focused his Sunday sermon on a topic familiar to those who are following the former reality TV family’s ongoing scandal – infidelity.
Pastor Floyd’s sermon – the first in a series on the theme of love and physical relationships called “Sex Today” – was streamed live from the church, which Jill (Duggar) Seewald announced on Twitter, Sunday. (Fans of the show may remember that Jill and Derick Dillard got married at Cross Church in June 2014.)
Floyd’s sermon began with a discussion of the current state of the media and America’s “sexual revolution.”
“This sexual revolution is altering mindsets, undermining the family, influencing the culture and is a mockery to Biblical truth,” said Floyd.
After talking about homosexuality, divorce rates in the United States, and couples living together before getting married, Floyd brought up the topic on everyone’s mind – infidelity. He focused specifically on the hacking of Ashley Madison’s website, which released the names of millions of users, including Josh Duggar. (After the hack, Josh admitted to being unfaithful to his wife, Anna, and having an addiction to pornography, although he later removed the line about pornography from the public statement on his parents’ website.)
“We’re in a sexual epidemic of unprecedented proportions in this country,” Floyd said. “Nothing is secret now nor will it ever be.
“Adultery, being sexually or emotionally unfaithful to your spouse, that’s wrong. Some of you are on the other end of someone else destruction.”
Floyd then spoke about five guidelines people should follow when it comes to relationships and sex.
One of the most notable was the fifth suggestion, which mentioned keeping both husband and wife happy through “sexual contact,” which may only be put on hold for “focused prayer.” However, Floyd warned, if a husband or wife fails to keep his or her partner happy sexually they are opening themselves “up to the attack of the enemy.
“And that enemy is going to take your spouse away from you,” he said.
“Both men and woman have their sexual needs met by someone, somewhere, somehow.”
Floyd carefully stated that the service was not designed to make anyone “feel guilty,” but for educating and helping empower those who may not understand the Biblical view on sex.
Floyd has previously shown support for the Duggars after Josh admitted to “wrongdoing” in his past, which allegedly included molesting five underage girls when he was a teenager.
At the time, Floyd told PEOPLE that “things like [the scandal] have happened before and will happen again.”