She's taken sides. Jessa Duggar publicly turned her back on her older brother Josh Duggar on Tuesday, Sept. 1, sharing a link to her father-in-law Michael Seewald's scathing blog post in which he called Josh a "pretender."
"Go to http://seewalds.com," the pregnant reality star, 22, told her followers on social media, linking to Michael's update, "Grief, Shame, and Taking the Lord's Name in Vain," from Monday, Aug. 31. "And read the post on the Ashley Madison scandal."
Ben Seewald's dad — who gently expressed support for Josh this past May when the molestation scandal first broke — wrote about his in-law this past week in an entirely different tone. "I do not wish to add any more distress to a family still recovering from the indignity of the publication of a police report detailing Josh’s sins as a teenager," the Seewald family patriarch wrote on Monday. "Though I have never gotten to know Josh very well, I have great respect for his sorrowing parents and immense sympathy for his dear wife, Anna, and their four children."
Though Michael acknowledged Christians' many imperfections and flaws, he ripped Josh for hypocrisy in using Ashley Madison secretly while publicly professing his faith. "It doesn’t surprise me that thirty nine million people are members of the Ashley Madison adultery website, nor do I think it surprises you," Michael wrote. "What is troubling is that many who take the name of Christ are among its members… It distresses me to say that Josh Duggar’s greatest sin is a byproduct of the sum total of his secretly sinful lifestyle. That is, that by his hypocrisy, he blasphemed the name of God. He claimed to be a Christian, but by his deeds he has suggested otherwise. With the name of God on his lips he lived a covert and extensive lifestyle of evil."
Josh, too, acknowledged his transgressions on Aug. 20, when he confessed to cheating. In a statement on his family's website, the father of four called himself "the biggest hypocrite ever" and admitted that he has "secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife." It was announced last week that the beleaguered eldest Duggar son had checked himself into a long-term treatment center, marking his second stint in rehab.
Meanwhile, his parents said in a statement that their "hearts were broken" amid Josh's second major scandal of 2015. His sister Jill Duggar wrote in a blog update on Aug. 31, that August ended "on a sad note" for her family, and they are currently facing "difficult days" in the wake of Josh's infidelity admission.
In addition to publicly siding with the Seewalds on Tuesday, Jessa also shared a sermon this week called the "Passions That Prevent Adultery." Citing Pastor John Piper's DesiringGod.org, Jessa shared with her fans: "The gospel convinces us of something irresistibly true, and then transforms our desires for something new. That conviction and passion keeps us out of bed with someone who’s not our spouse and rejects a thousand other temptations."
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