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Another One Bites the Dust

Yet another right wing theocrat who spent years posing as the paragon of moral virtue has been knocked off his pedestal when he got caught cheating on his wife. This time it’s Doug Phillips, perhaps the single most important voice of the Quiverful movement and a genuine Christian Reconstructionist. He has resigned from his position with Vision Forum Ministries:

With thanksgiving to God for His mercy and love, I have stepped down from the office of president at Vision Forum Ministries and have discontinued my speaking responsibilities.

There has been serious sin in my life for which God has graciously brought me to repentance. I have confessed my sin to my wife and family, my local church, and the board of Vision Forum Ministries. I engaged in a lengthy, inappropriate relationship with a woman. While we did not “know” each other in a Biblical sense, it was nevertheless inappropriately romantic and affectionate.

There are no words to describe the magnitude of shame I feel, or grief from the injury I caused my beloved bride and children, both of whom have responded to my repentance with what seems a supernatural love and forgiveness. I thought too highly of myself and behaved without proper accountability. I have acted grievously before the Lord, in a destructive manner hypocritical of life messages I hold dear, inappropriate for a leader, abusive of the trust that I was given, and hurtful to family and friends. My church leadership came alongside me with love and admonition, providing counsel, strong direction and accountability. Where I have directly wronged others, I confessed and repented. I am still in the process of trying to seek reconciliation privately with people I have injured, and to be aware of ways in which my own selfishness has hurt family and friends. I am most sensitive to the fact that my actions have dishonored the living God and been shameful to the name of Jesus Christ, my only hope and Savior.

This is a time when my repentance needs to be proven, and I need to lead a quiet life focusing on my family and serving as a foot soldier, not a ministry leader. Though I am broken over my failures, I am grateful to be able to spend more time with my family, nurturing my wife and children and preparing my older sons and daughters for life. So, for these reasons I want to let my friends know that I have stepped down as a board member and as president of Vision Forum Ministries. The Board will be making provision for the management of the ministry during this time. To the friends of this ministry, I ask for your forgiveness, and hope that you will pray for the Phillips family at this time, and for the men who will be responsible for shepherding the work of Vision Forum Ministries in the future.

But remember, Phillips is a Reconstructionist. Which means by his own theocratic vision, he should be put to death by stoning for the “crime” of adultery. I say his wife should cast the first stone. Then again, given the track record of Christian right figures, they’re probably just relieved that he cheated with a woman instead of a man.

Comments

  1. colnago80 says

    It is my information that adultery requires sexual intercourse. Phillips denies that he had sexual intercourse with that woman so it would appear that the stoning penalty does not apply.

  2. cswella says

    “We have confessed our sins, been forgiven, and are now ready to be morally superior again.”

  3. Loqi says

    Something something looks at a woman lustfully something committed adultery in his heart.

    Let the stoning begin.

  4. Larry says

    Phillips denies that he had sexual intercourse with that woman

    He’s already lied to his wife and family. This makes his denial credible how?

  5. Michael Heath says

    Doug Philips writes:

    I am most sensitive to the fact that my actions have dishonored the living God and been shameful to the name of Jesus Christ, my only hope and Savior.

    This is small potatoes to a god intending to inflict eternal suffering.

  6. dingojack says

    Leviticus 20:10
    “And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.”

    Provrbs 6:32
    “But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.”.

    Jeremiah 23:14
    “I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.”

    Mathew 5:28
    “but I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”

    Seems pretty clear to me.
    Dingo

  7. says

    It is my information that adultery requires sexual intercourse.

    Loqi beat me to it, but here is more context…

    Matthew 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

    Leviticus 20:10 And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.

  8. Michael Heath says

    Doug Philips:

    This is a time when my repentance needs to be proven . . .
    [emphasis Heath]

    Are there any conservative Christians who are capable of using this word correctly? Any?

  9. raven says

    Well look on the bright side.

    He’s got that hypocrisy sacrament down for today.

    Phillips denies that he had sexual intercourse with that woman so it would appear that the stoning penalty does not apply.

    When do these people ever tell the truth? Probably Phillips has the lying sacrament down too.

  10. dingojack says

    “Phillips denies that he had sexual intercourse with that woman …..”

    SOMEONE NEEDS TO BE IMPEACHED FOR THIS!!!!!!*

    ;) Dingo
    ——–
    * “Bill Clinton shared a stogie
    With an intern he came across….”
    Roy Zimmermann

  11. Michael Heath says

    Larry writes:

    [Doug Philips] already lied to his wife and family. This makes his denial credible how?

    He’s a conservative Christian, dishonesty is an attribute of this group. So we can predict with confidence his lack of credibility started way before this scandal. Given that he’s a creationist, that’d be easy to validate.

  12. cptdoom says

    I engaged in a lengthy, inappropriate relationship with a woman. While we did not “know” each other in a Biblical sense, it was nevertheless inappropriately romantic and affectionate.

    Oh, he’s one of those. Remember, it’s only sex if the penis goes in the baby chute.

  13. says

    “but I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”

    It is pretty amazing how few one-eyed christians there are out there.

  14. vmanis1 says

    Without minimizing the idiocy and malice in Mr Phillips’s activities, either as a `Christian’ or as a husband, I do have to point out that those who cut and paste Leviticus’s comments on adultery next to Matthew’s report of Jesus’s words are incorrect. Jesus’s whole point there was that many people who would claim that they would never dream of actually committing adultery had had adulterous thoughts, and that therefore one should not rush to judge others. So really what Jesus was saying was `look, we’ve all had adulterous thoughts, and if you were going to punish everyone who’d ever considered being unfaithful, we’d all be dead.’ His comment at an actual stoning, `let he who is without sin cast the first stone’ makes that clear. In all of this, Jesus had much in common with some of the most advanced Jewish thought of the time (c.f. Hillel).

    I’m old enough to remember when Jimmy Carter was excoriated by supposed `Christians’ for admitting that he had felt `lust in his heart’ for other women. Rather than taking this as a moment of refreshing candor, these supposed `Christians’ just laughed at him. Reminds me of George Bernard Shaw’s quip that Christianity might be a good thing if anybody ever tried it.

  15. says

    It is extremely important to note that although Phillips has resigned from the *ministry* portion of things, he remains solidly in control of the Vision Forum *business.* In other words, while he can’t act as a prophet selling the idea of far-right fundie life, he is continuing to profit from selling the idea of a far-right fundie life.

  16. says

    Then again, given the track record of Christian right figures, they’re probably just relieved that he cheated with a woman instead of a man.

    A woman who is of legal age. And is not a prostitute. And did not share illicit narcotics with him.

    Heck, I’m surprised he even apologized.

  17. Jeremy Shaffer says

    While Phillips has resigned from Vision Forum Ministries (the non-profit), he still retains ownership of Vision Forum Incorporated (the profitable business). So basically his idea of repentance is to quit not making money.

  18. paulg says

    Well, come on. If she gives up her right to cast the first stone, there’s a reason it’s called the “first” and not “only”.

  19. says

    Technically, it’s only adultery if the other woman was married to some other guy. If she wasn’t, then it’s just polygamy, which is perfectly fine, especially in the Old Testament.

  20. eric says

    There has been serious sin in my life for which God has graciously brought me to repentance.

    Kicking and screaming, I’m sure. I’m guessing it wasn’t until someone showed you a cell phone camera shot of the two of you, that you decided it was time to repent.

    There are no words to describe the magnitude of shame I feel

    “Trivial?”

    “Nonexistant?”

    I am honestly amazed that anyone falls for this claptrap. Yes, it’s possible to trip up and be honestly remorseful about what you did. That sort of moral failure results in short inapprpriate relationships, because you then tell your spouse or at least break it off. Almost by definition, if your affair is lengthly, you aren’t remorseful about doing it as much as you are remorseful about getting caught.

  21. raven says

    I am honestly amazed that anyone falls for this claptrap.

    One of the selling points of xianity is the free, Get Out of Jail card. Xians aren’t better just forgiven.

    It’s a good thing. They need that card and use if often.

  22. Reginald Selkirk says

    While we did not “know” each other in a Biblical sense…

    They can’t prove it, and thank Gawd those abortion clinic records are confidential.”

  23. grumpyoldfart says

    I wonder if he managed to organize a large, interest free, loan from Vision Forum Ministries before he resigned. And if he did, I wonder if the new management staff will find it in their hearts to forgive the loan before the end of this year.

  24. Ichthyic says

    Another One Bites the Dust

    Bites the dust??

    LOL

    more like: Slides sideways for a few months until the furor dies down.

    they literally have to die before they “bite the dust”.

    Jimmy Swaggart ring any bells?

  25. uzza says

    Micheal Heath @10

    my penitence needs to be proven…”

    He is using it correctly. What’s the beef? The only thing I could find is that some people insist only proved is allowed as a past participle, but the OED accepts both.

  26. dingojack says

    vmanis1 – I’d suggest you re-read Mathew 5. Jesus is saying ‘follow the law and behave morally’.

    allenmacneill – nope, polyamory. Polygamy requires marriage (which would be, legally, bigamy).

    Dingo

  27. caseloweraz says

    Doug Phillips’s apologia is a bit long-winded. I think he would have done better to simply fall on his knees like Jimmy Swaggart and cry, “I have sinned!”

    Of course, I didn’t see Swaggart’s entire presentation; it may have been equally extended.

  28. caseloweraz says

    Phillips: I engaged in a lengthy, inappropriate relationship with a woman. While we did not “know” each other in a Biblical sense, it was nevertheless inappropriately romantic and affectionate.

    I’d believe him a bit more if he had, without naming her, included this woman in the list of those to whom he offered apologies.

  29. caseloweraz says

    vmanis1: I’m old enough to remember when Jimmy Carter was excoriated by supposed `Christians’ for admitting that he had felt `lust in his heart’ for other women.

    Yes, Carter was tactically dumb in that Playboy interview, but arguably strategically smart in that he exposed those who chose to belittle him as hypocritical.

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