Anna Duggar Posted 'Forgiveness' Message on Instagram Days Before Husband Josh's Molestation Scandal Erupted
The mother of three shared a Lon Solomon quote right before her husband's past made headlines
The famously conservative Duggars seemed to be models of wholesome family life, but son Josh was hiding a dark past: He allegedly molested five young girls as a teen. Subscribe now for an inside look at the Duggars’ dark family secrets, only in PEOPLE.
The post read, “The three most beautiful and liberating words in the English language are these: ‘I forgive you.’ – Lon Solomon.”
The mother of three – who is pregnant with the couple’s fourth child – didn’t provide any other context for the cryptic photo. And around the same time that her quote popped up, her husband, Josh, 27, also shared an Instagram quote about honesty and repercussions.
“Do right and risk the consequences,” Josh posted the same day, quoting the famous Texas governor and soldier Sam Houston.
The couple have stood together in the wake of claims that Josh molested several young girls when he was a teenager, which surfaced last week. Anna also revealed that her husband opened up to her about his mistakes two years before he proposed marriage.
In a statement issued exclusively to PEOPLE in the aftermath, Anna said: “I was surprised at his openness and humility and at the same time didn’t know why he was sharing it. For Josh, he wanted not just me but my parents to know who he really was – even very difficult past mistakes.”
While the reality personality has received support from family members, along with Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, he resigned from his position at the Family Research Council, and 19 Kids and Counting‘s network TLC pulled the show from its schedule.
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“I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions,” he told PEOPLE. “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 so very thankful for God’s grace, mercy and redemption.”