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Moody Monday: What’s the Deal with the Duggars?

I first heard of the Duggars when they appeared on a television special. There they stood all in a row in age order, smartly and modestly dressed, saying their names one by one for the camera. The youngest one or two at the time were too young to say their names, so one of the parents spoke for them and Michelle ended the lineup by putting an affectionate hand on her belly and said, “…and this is Jackson!”

They looked like such a sweet, adorable, Christian family! And they home schooled!!

What was there not to like?

Quite a bit, as it turns out.

At first I thought they looked so nice. A bit weird in the fashion department, but okay.

Later, I learned that they home schooled with Bill Gothard’s Advanced Training Institute materials. Warning bells. And that they subscribed to Christian Patriarchy and all that entails. Huge warning bells. And then the television show that put them in the limelight. You know the tune.

“They’re a clean, wholesome family,” people said.

“The Duggars are upholding good, conservative, Christian values,” people said.

“I’d rather watch the Duggars than all that other junk that is on TV,” people said.

“The children are modest, well-behaved, role models,” people said.

Let’s talk about that. (Cue the “Good Mythical Morning” music. Or the “Twilight Zone” theme. Take your pick. I recommend the latter.)

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Doug Phillips Sued by ‘The Other Woman’

Doug Phillips, the founder of the now-defunct Vision Forum, Inc. and Vision Forum Ministries, is being sued by the woman with whom he had, by his own admission, a lengthy an inappropriate physical relationship.

Although there were many speculations as to the woman’s identity, the woman has now chosen to publicly reveal her identity – Lourdes Toress – the nanny of the Phillips’ children.

The report on World Net Daily is quite detailed. My only quibble with the article is the title which calls Doug Phillips a ‘Christian Giant’. Actually, no, he isn’t. I believe Doug Phillips is only known within the conservative Christian homeschooling community, which itself is a very small slice within Christianity. Most of his followers are in the US, with a smattering in other countries.

The complaint filed against Doug Phillips can be read here. It is a very long, detailed, and very good look at what the Conservative Christian Patriarchy movement teaches. Doug Phillips’ friends and associates are also mentioned.

In particular:

  • Teach Them Diligently (operated by David Nunnery)
  • Family Covenant Ministries (operated by Jon Summers)
  • National Center for Family Integrated Churches (operated by Scott Brown)
  • Voddie Baucham Ministries (operated by Voddie Bauchum)
  • Advanced Training Institute Conferences (operated by Tim Levendusky)
  • Generations with Vision (operated by Kevin Swanson)

I would add Ken Ham and Kirk Cameron to the list of friends and associates.

Julie-Anne over at Spiritual Sounding Board has a more extensive timeline of events.

Read the file!

More on Doug Phillips and Vision Forum

A very long but very worthwhile read:

Douglas Phillips’ Affair, and Why I Believe the Details Matter


A post from someone who claims to have insider information:

Vision Forum, Inc. to Permanently Close December 31.

Vision Forum Ministries Closing

Vision Forum Ministries is Closing

The Closing of Vision Forum Ministries

In light of the serious sins which have resulted in Doug Phillips’s resignation from Vision Forum Ministries, the Board of Directors has determined that it is in the best interests of all involved to discontinue operations. We have stopped receiving donations, and are working through the logistical matters associated with the closing of the ministry. While we believe as strongly as ever in the message of the ministry to the Christian family, we are grieved to find it necessary to make this decision. We believe this to be the best option for the healing of all involved and the only course of action under the circumstances.


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I Stand Corrected

I guess it was just a matter of Boerne Christian Assembly not being diligent in keeping their website up-to-date.

Looks like enough people questioned Doug Phillips’ name still being listed as an elder at his church after his admission of infidelity that the church’s website has now been updated.

It appears that Doug Phillips already stepped down from being an elder back months ago.  Whether this affair had anything to do with it is anybody’s guess.

Got my information from Spiritual Sounding Board.

ETA: Nov 6, 2013

Doug Phillips’ name now no longer appears on the Vision Forum website and the blog is no longer called Doug’s Blog.

Doug Phillips Still President of Vision Forum and Elder of His Church

In case you haven’t heard, Doug Phillips has resigned as the President of Vision Forum Ministries after admitting to an affair.

Doug Phillips has only resigned from Vision Forum Ministries, however.  At the time of writing this, he is still the President of Vision Forum, Inc, and an elder at his church, Boerne Christian Assembly. Vision Forum, Inc. and his blog make no mention at all about his resignation from Vision Forum Ministries.

In order to be consistent, Doug Phillips needs to step down from ALL his positions of authority. I find his continuing on as an elder at his church to be particularly troubling.

Where is the accountability?

If Doug Phillips resigns from Vision Forum Ministries but continues to hold leadership positions at Vision Forum, Inc. and his church, what message does that send?

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