The pastor at the Duggar family’s church devoted his sermon to infidelity – which he blamed on pressures created by the “sexual revolution” – just days after Josh Duggar admitted to adultery when his Ashley Madison accounts were revealed.
Ronnie Floyd – president of the Southern Baptist Convention and senior pastor of Cross Church in Springdale, Arkansas, where the Duggars have attended – spoke against homosexuality, divorce and couples living together before marriage during Sunday’s sermon, reported People.
“This sexual revolution is altering mindsets, undermining the family, influencing the culture and is a mockery to Biblical truth,” Floyd preached in the sermon, which was available on live stream video. The pastor specifically discussed the Ashley Madison website, which was targeted by hackers who released personal data of its married users – including the former anti-LGBT activist and reality TV star. “We’re in a sexual epidemic of unprecedented proportions in this country,” Floyd said. “Nothing is secret now nor will it ever be.”
The pastor urged married couples to engage in “sexual conduct” to keep their spouses from falling victim to “the attack of the enemy.” “That enemy is going to take your spouse away from you,” he said. “Both men and women have their sexual needs met by someone, somewhere, somehow.”
The pastor had previously offered support for Josh Duggar, who admitted earlier this year to molesting four of his sisters and a babysitter more than a decade ago, when he was a teenager. “Things like this have happened before and will happen again,” Floyd said at the time.
Jessa Duggar Seewald, who revealed in a Fox News interview that her brother had molested her, posted a Bible verse Sunday on social media that appeared to address the latest scandal. “If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleans us from all sin,” reads the verse from the Book of John, which she underlined, photographed and posted on her Instagram account.