In Their Own Words: The Duggars Share Thoughts on Their Uncompromising Religious Lifestyle
In difficult times, the Duggar family has one unbending rule: Look to God.
Amid a fresh disgrace for oldest son Josh Duggar, whose molestation scandal in May ultimately resulted in TLC pulling the plug on 19 Kids and Counting, parents Jim Bob and Michelle have stayed true to this very value, which they instilled in all of their children since birth.
“We have committed to Him that in all things – difficulties or success, good times or bad – we will purpose to bring Him honor by staying true to our faith and our family,” the couple said in a statement regarding the cancellation that was posted on the family website.
It is no secret that the Duggars have centered their lives around their religious beliefs. The couple have created a conservative Christian belief system that has become the foundation for their approach everyday life. Despite what continues to be thrown their way, their faith remains the highest priority.
“Even though we would never choose to go through something so terrible, each one of our family members drew closer to God,” Jim Bob and Michelle said in statement following the child molestation scandal. “We pray that as a people watch our lives they see that we are not a perfect family. We have challenges and struggles everyday. It is one of the reasons we treasure our faith so much because God’s kindness and goodness and forgiveness are extended to us – even though we are so underserving.”
Even amid rumors earlier this week that Josh, 27, had signed up for infidelity website Ashley Madison, which prompted Josh to admit Thursday that he cheated on his wife, Anna, and developed an Internet pornography addiction, the Duggars’ focus on faith has not shifted.
“When we learned of this late last night our hearts were broken,” Jim Bob and Michelle said in a statement on Wednesday. “As we continue to place our trust in God we ask for your prayers for Josh, Anna, our grandchildren and our family.”
With religion as the centerpiece of their lives, the Duggars are no stranger to controversy over their fervent beliefs.
“Even though Wikipedia and some Internet blogs report that we are part of a QuiverFull movement, we are not,” the Duggars wrote in their book, A Love That Multiplies. “We are simply Bible-believing Christians who desire to follow God’s Word and apply it to our lives.”
On the family website, each Duggar child has his or her own bio in which they state their favorite Bible verse and character. According to the site, Josh’s favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:9, which reads: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
By creating relationship and courtship rules, teaching the importance of modesty and implementing the the significance of living a life through Christ, Jim Bob and Michelle continue to instill these teachings to their children – both younger and older – to this day.
“Our entire lives, we’ve worked toward this, prayed about it, and encouraged our children to really just focus on becoming the person that God wants them to be,” the couple wrote on their family site. “We’ve always urged our children to wait for the one that God has for them, and not to make compromises in their life in any way.”
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