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Doug Phillips resigns, but it’s probably not his fault

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Friends, a mighty leader in the fight against immoral behavior has himself been taken in immoral behavior. His face, ever present before our eyes on the covers of the videos and books he sold, aglow with the glory of the gospel, is now fallen into the depths of sorrow and repentance. I am speaking, of course, of the noble Doug Phillips, former head of Vision Forum Ministries, from whom, I must admit, this website has drawn much inspiration.

Doug Phillips has done something with “a woman” whose name we do not know. It might be a lady of the night, or it might be the lady of a Knight, the adulterous Guinevere to some King Arthur of the Faith. However, we must not blame this lady yet because we do not know any of the facts. We only know the words of Doug Phillips, words that have so often spoken of the need to protect women from philandering men such as himself. Doug Phillips has correctly identified that women will do bad things with men unless other men make it impossible for that to happen. Therefore, this is not the fault of the woman, and it is not the fault of Doug Phillips. Clearly, it is the fault of whomever was supposed to have this woman under the umbrella of his protection. Some father or husband somewhere wasn’t being strict enough. Some father or husband didn’t force Doug Phillips to pass muster with cross-examinations and essays before verbally engaging with his wife or daughter. We know (because Vision Forum tells us) that if a man’s professed theology is in line, everything else will follow with good results. Thus, Doug Phillip’s theology couldn’t have been good enough or strong enough or correct enough. Again, this is not his fault. He is merely a side player in this game, as all men are when it comes to women that belong to other men.

Doug Phillips, in his humble and private repentance before the Lord, has assured us that he has taken up the mantle of fatherhood to his children. He will teach them by his excellent example what it means to be a great man of the faith. He will lead them and his wife, by word and deed, because it is his duty and his sacred calling. No one else is qualified to try to make decisions for his household, not even after he has proven himself to be sinful. All men are sinful! That is not the point. Women and children should obey them anyway. Otherwise, women and children might make bad decisions, like to have inappropriate romantic relationships.

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13 Comments

  1. SJ Reidhead says:

    Rarely do I ever comment on something I am reading for research into the extreme right subjugation of women. I have a question. Please don’t consider it asked out of malice. If you think that we women should be dominated by men, which is entirely against the teachings of Christ (that’s another discussion) what about a person like me. My father is 90. He is Stage 5 Alzheimer’s. I have no brother. I have no grandfather. I have a 26 year old nephew. Do I submit to him? I have no ‘Christian’ male in my life to tell me what to do, what to believe, what to wear, and what to think. Am I, in the extension of your belief, to be cloistered never to go out in the world, never to open my mouth, or even be allowed to think, since I don’t have a man to tell me how and what to think.

    What is the answer?

    SJR
    The Pink Flamingo

    • That is a good question. In your case, you should ask the (male, King James Only, patriarchal) pastors of your local church to find you a husband who can do all those things for you. You should probably do this in writing, since your female nature would tempt them to sin were they to actually see you in person. Whomever they choose will be God’s will for you. I know, I know, I don’t have a verse to back this up, but it’s the only logical answer I can come up with that’s in line with patriarchy.

  2. […] “…Clearly, it is the fault of whomever was supposed to have this woman under the umbrella of his protection. Some father or husband somewhere wasn’t being strict enough. Some father or husband didn’t force Doug Phillips to pass muster with cross-examinations and essays before verbally engaging with his wife or daughter. We know (because Vision Forum tells us) that if a man’s professed theology is in line, everything else will follow with good results. Thus, Doug Phillip’s theology couldn’t have been good enough or strong enough or correct enough. Again, this is not his fault. He is merely a side player in this game, as all men are when it comes to women that belong to other men. […]

  3. […] Doug Phillips resigns, but it’s probably not his fault (biblicalsex.wordpress.com) […]

  4. […] “…In your case, you should ask the (male, King James Only, patriarchal) pastors of your local church to find you a husband who can do all those things for you. You should probably do this in writing, since your female nature would tempt them to sin were they to actually see you in person. Whomever they choose will be God’s will for you. I know, I know, I don’t have a verse to back this up, but it’s the only logical answer I can come up with that’s in line with patriarchy…” […]

  5. randallslack says:

    Really? You’ve got to be kidding, right? No one could have a blog that is this stupid. Really?

    • So you’re saying that the word of the Lord is stupid? Or that my logic on patriarchy is stupid? Or that Doug Phillips is stupid?

      Oh, right, you’re saying the blog is stupid. Well, you’re wrong, because my husband says it’s smart, and my husband is in charge of everything, at least when it comes to my opinions.

  6. Dyanna Schintzler says:

    How can it not be their fault?! Use some scripture in your blog,it will keep you from vain babblings and idiotic ideas. Doug Philips is a well respected leader. I may not agree with all his teachings,but I believe he has a heart for the Lord, and I pray that he is sincere.
    What irks me, is that you lay blame on the woman’s father,or brother,or husband? As if a woman cannot make Godly decisions, and a man cannot help but succumb himself to the wiles of a woman. Rom 3:23″ for ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God” All of us sin and are capable of sinning. And there are numerous examples of Godly men with ungodly children, and ungodly men with Godly children! David was a “man after God’s own heart” but look at Absalom! Look at Josiah, the son of a very wicked king. We were born with a will and a heart, and each of us will one day stand before God on the deeds we have done good or bad,and will be held accountable. I am not saved by the faith of my parents, and they are not saved by the salvation of all their children! But, because they are saved,they strive to raise their children in the fear of God, if their children rebel, it is not their fault. Both parties are at fault, and need to take responsibility. And you, need to put your faith in the perfect and Holy God. Doug Philips is a man, a finite human being. We should pray for all believers.

  7. Rebecca says:

    You cannot be serious. Doug Phillips is not to blame? It’s the fault of whoever the woman in question “belonged to”? Hey, I get patriarchy – to an certain point. The bible does say that the man is the head, but come on. At what point then do you expect men to be responsible for their own actions? Or women for that matter. We all sin – and WE are responsible for it when we do.
    Just look at what you’ve written: “We know (because Vision Forum tells us) that if a man’s professed theology is in line, everything else will follow with good results.” The major red flag in this comment is where you say, “We know (because Vision Forum tells us)” See this is why I think you have to have posted this in jest. No one can surely take this seriously. If so, then you really need to read your bible and start making comments that can be supported with the words, “We know because the Bible tells us…”.

    • Rebecca and Dyanna,
      Most assuredly I say unto you, I read my Bible to find the answers to all of life’s pressing questions. You should check out the rest of my blog if you doubt that. Sadly, there are no verses in the Bible that directly relate to whose fault it is if a patriarch is caught in sin with “a woman.” There are a few examples in the Old Testament, however, that lead me to believe that if a woman and man do something bad, it is the fault of the woman’s father. See Genesis 19:30-36, where Lot’s daughters get him drunk and then sleep with him. The Bible says “he [the father] was not aware of it,” leading us to believe that if the father was aware of the sins of his daughters, they wouldn’t have date-raped him. Now, remember, Lot is a good guy; so good that he’s just been saved from the fires of Sodom by angels, and his daughters have been saved with him. If his daughters were wicked, and Lot was wicked, they all would have gotten destroyed in Sodom. So we can conclude they were not wicked, they were only the victims of bad fatherly management from Lot.

      Consider also that Numbers 30:13 clearly states that a man has the final say over a woman’s promise: “Every vow, and every binding oath to afflict the soul, her husband may establish it, or her husband may make it void.” This leads me to believe that women don’t really have spiritual authority over anything, even over their own souls. The Bible should be the only thing we consider, as you say, and that’s what I’m considering by making this statement.

  8. ahunt says:

    This is hilarious.

  9. Tenja says:

    Woman were created to be a mans helpmeet, not to be under his foot! So many people twist the Word of God because they are ignorant!!! Doug sinned and has to answer for what he did! He knows right from wrong, no excuses. Ignorant immature men and woman place blame on others because they do not have Christ in them, and they cannot see to place the blame on themselves!! We are all accountable for ourselves, no one can make us do what is wrong unless we choose to!

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