This isn't a sermon. It's a podcast and in it Reformed Baptist pastor Jeff Riddle discusses the Duggar scandal. I think his comments are appropriate and helpful and he expresses many viewpoints I share. He's rightly critical of the Duggars and felt that way long before this happened. That's how I've felt about it. I'm not only hostile to their Dominionism and their connections with Gothard but in general I did not like the way they were setting themselves up as paragons. Their message is misleading. It's easy to be the Duggars when you're wealthy. Others who would struggle to fill the gas tank of their bus, will find life to be considerably different.
That is not to say that we shouldn't be willing to lower the bar when it comes to standard of living. I came to that position many years ago.
But the Duggars sure haven't. They are doing extremely well and their lifestyle is hardly restrained.
And I am not the only one to notice their parenting was/is deficient. I would go further than Riddle. I've only watched the programme a couple of times...mostly YouTube clips and all I can say is I am not impressed.
Is this cruel? Am I perfect? Hey, I didn't parade around my family on the air making millions of dollars and pretending to be a 'witness'.
So yes, the criticism is warranted.
Something is amiss in their household. Something went very wrong with their son. Forgive? Of course, but there doesn't seem to be a great deal of repentance or humility. They don't want to give up the cash cow.
Riddle also critiques some aspects of the Homeschool movement, Quiverfull etc... from the perspective of a homeschooler. I also can largely agree with what he's saying.
It's not these viewpoints are wrong per se.... but what they have done with them and I would add the theology that motivates them. I may homeschool too but not for the reason people like the Duggars do.
If you're interested in a take that neither defends the Duggars nor just flat excoriates them but examines the issue soberly and with the Bible in mind then this podcast is worth listening to.