While many family members have remained mum about Josh Duggarafter news broke that he had molested several underage girls when he was 14, one member of his extended family is speaking out.
Michael Seewald Defends Josh Duggar
Michael Seewald, the father-in-law of Jessa Seewald, has spoken out and is defending Josh and his parents!
“It pains me to see that they are now having to relive the nightmare that had been laid to rest well over a decade ago with Josh’s repentance and reformation,” Michael wrote, “but I feel compelled to bring some context and reason to the bloodletting that many are engaging in and to come to the aid of our dear friends and family.”
“As it stands criminal charges were not brought against Josh but I believe that Josh’s parents acted in a way that godly parents should,”Seewald continued. “They did not turn a blind eye, but earnestly sought help from the church, counselors, and eventually the police. Maybe they didn’t do it in a way that pleases everyone, but they acted decisively to confront the sin, to call a penitent son back from his errors, and to seek to aid the hurting victims.”
Seaweed had more to say, writing that, “In the end Josh sought forgiveness from those he wronged, repented of his sins, and came to trust Christ as his Savior. He has to the present day attested to the reality of his repentance and faith by living above reproach. In their efforts to salvage the wreckage that these transgressions brought, and bring healing to all involved, Jim Bob and Michelle are to be commended.”
While Seewald did note that “Victims of sexual abuse of any kind often suffer greatly for many years as a result of these sins,” he also explained that he doesn’t feel that the Duggars had to share this with the public.
Specifically, he stated that, “Some people act as if it was the Duggar’s responsibility to have made this sad episode in their family public knowledge. They are to be praised for not hiding this from the appropriate parties and eventually the police, but they owed it to no one else to publicize the sins of a minor child and the court agrees with that assessment, the judge now ordering that the police report be destroyed.”
Finally, Seewald warned readers of his blog, writing that, “by condemning a repentant sinner you have placed yourself in the place of God.”
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