” For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.” – Romans 7:18
“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” – Galatians 5:16-17
I do not know Josh Duggar, or the Duggar Family for that matter. I, like most people, only know them through the media. They have my prayers, and for all intents and practical purposes, I’m still on their side.
The things that they publicly stand for, are the things every right minded individual ought to stand for; Biblical truth, personal purity, loyalty to Christ, and strong conservative Christian family values. The presentation of their principles are spot on, and no serious minded Christian should be in disagreement with their spiritual stands.
Now that being said, the critics are having a holiday, and those who have stood by them and for them feel as though there is egg on their face, and I say this not to insult anyone, but both reactions are emotional, not Biblical, and are born out of unthinking ignorance. Quite frankly plain and simple what has happened with Josh Duggar is the fact that he is prima facia evidence of the proof of the message of Biblical Christianity. Religion has no power whatsoever; and man has absolutely no ability to live the Christian life in the flesh. Period.
For those on the outside there are two possible scenarios pertaining to the assessment of Josh. One – he is a man who is serious about religion, but has tried to live it in his own strength, and the result is that he proves the truth and message of the scripture . . . it cannot, it cannot, it cannot be done. Man in his is greatest moral strength, and highest moral character cannot live in any form of reality the Christian life, regardless of his “religious rules.” Regardless of “presented character,” a man’s nature is a man’s nature, and all of man’s nature is wicked and powerless no matter how well it is dressed.
Or two – he is, and always has been a certified actor pretending to be what he never intended to be. It is entirely possible that Josh has always manipulated his persona and reputation, while his real character coincided with his real nature . . . sinful and malicious.
The only people who can have a justifiable comment about which one it is, are those people who are actually the closest to Josh and have real life experience with knowing him. To declare which one of those he is without actually knowing him is as foolish as signing up on an adultery site, and is a daylight demonstration of the fact that it “takes one to know one.” The truth is that most certified hypocrites presume and proclaim all others to be certified hypocrites without having any first hand knowledge.
Now which one is Josh? I don’t know, and if you’re not in the circle, you don’t either, so don’t act like you do.
The fact remains that everything surrounding this “great fall” proves the message of the Bible.
The first possible scenario is the primary case for the truth of the gospel. Man has no power to be what he should be. Religion may mask a man’s nature, but it cannot change it. Furthermore true believers in Christ who attempt to live the Christian life under their own power and strength are destined to 1) fail to live up to the standard, 2.) fall into temptation, 3.) futility in their spiritual lives, and 4) be fodder for the enemies of the Bible. The truth of the Bible is that you can’t do it. You do not have the nature, the power, or the wisdom, to live a genuine Christian life. Adrian Rogers said one time, “There is only one person who can live the Christian life . . . Jesus Christ.” The truth of the Christian life is that Jesus in the form of the Holy Spirit, actually, not rhetorically, but actually has to be the power, nature, and character that takes us over and lives His character through us. (See Galatians 2:20; 5:16-25)
The second possible scenario no more undermines the truth of the Bible than a counterfeit twenty devalues a hundred dollar bill. If the second scenario pertaining to Josh is true, that has absolutely nothing to do with the Christian principles and standards that Jim Bob and Michelle have been unashamed about so publicly for so long. If Josh is an outright actor, it proves nothing but the fact that within Christianity there are outright actors; which all Bible believing people have always said, always proclaimed, and always explained. Every legitimate Bible preacher, teacher, and believer I know, or ever will know, knows and says that the Christian world is saturated with counterfeit Christians. That is no scandal that is the reality. Just as certain as there are card carrying hypocrites with a capital H, the truth and message of the Bible is genuinely, truthfully experienced and enjoyed by scripture living Christians with a capital C. No right minded, right messaged preacher or teacher has ever taught anything different.
It is not cliche to say that all of the Duggars as well as Dugger in-laws, friends, families, and church need to be prayed for.
As Christians, we never “think” without letting the Bible tell us “how” to think and we never respond without letting the Spirit of God have His way in our response. Reacting to Josh Spiritually and Biblically rather than emotionally or culturally is a much needed change worth making.