Duggar Family Statement

by | Aug 26, 2015 | 14 comments

We are so thankful for the outpouring of love, care and prayers for our family during this most difficult situation with Josh. As parents we are so deeply grieved by our son’s decisions and actions. His wrong choices have deeply hurt his precious wife and children and have negatively affected so many others. He has also brought great insult to the values and faith we hold dear. Yesterday Josh checked himself into a long-term treatment center. For him it will be a long journey toward wholeness and recovery. We pray that in this he comes to complete repentance and sincere change. In the meantime, we will be offering our love, care and devoted support to Anna and our grandchildren as she also receives counsel and help for her own heart and future. During this time we continue to look to God—He is our rock and comfort. We ask for your continued prayers for our entire family.

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14 Comments

  1. Deborah Blackney

    Your family is a full picture of God’s grace to us as sinners, He loves his children, but hates their sin. Our family has undergone something similar to what your family has endured. But God is faithful, my brother has come back to Him and has paid for his sin by his family leaving him, but now he has come back to Jesus and has a new family that is in Love with Jesus and he does have contact with his kids. It was really rough for him, but he knew he needed Jesus more. I pray that Josh has the same turn around.

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  2. Kim Meier

    I understand how you want to heal your son, but You should solve that on your own time. as a fan of your show I think you owe us something. Remove Josh and his family from your TV show. Even though it would not be 100% true to your life, it may satisfy the network and your fans at the same time. O I’m certain your family is and should be more important than the show, but there are many of us who enjoy keeping up with the other 18 kids.

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  3. Rebecca Baggett

    Love this family so much! I am praying for all of you! Look forward to the upcoming shows. Congratulations to Ben and Jessa on your new edition. He is beautiful!

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  4. sarah fawner

    god bless your son although he was wrong everyone deserves a second chance i hope he gets as much help as possible i give anna the best wishes do not leave him take a break so he knows that you are mad but still love him

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  5. Julie Soto

    Just wanted to tell you that I miss seeing your show! It was about the only thing worth watching on t.v. I feel like I’ve lost touch with dear friends. You are a wonderful witness to our Lord and a family with a special calling. Please tell Anna that I am praying for her and the children to be restored and emotionally healed. Please remind her that regardless of how she feels right now, there is nothing impossible with our God! He will not leave her nor forsake her and He’s got a future and hope for her and her blessed children. Love you all in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

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  6. Kevin Little

    We prayed for your family, when news broke, and continue to support all involved. As Jesus died for us all we must remember he was in Covent with Our Father in Heaven and had not just received his love. Through your sons willingness to also come into covent, he shall be tested/ tried a short season. However, he will come out strong and continue to help others and be a living testimony. Blessings to you all.

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  7. Justine Toki

    I miss seeing your family. Michelle, you are so inspiring, and your children are such wonderful role models for young women of today. You are pure hearted and beautiful women of God. I watched a whole season, just to witness Jill & Derek marry! Can you believe that? God will lead Josh, just as he leads us all. Much love x

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  8. Missouri Fan

    I read the recent petition against Josh through the Pennsylvania court system (see end of message for link info). As a lawyer myself, I am perplexed by this petition. However, I am troubled with the news that Josh urgently left his faith-based healing center. The timing appears like he is “dodging service” since the suit was only filed on November 17, 2015. I am a huge fan of your show and I understand Josh needs support and I have no negative comments about using faith as part of that solution. However, I believe Josh has issues and concerns which require medical intervention and assessment along with faith-based support. You have never represented the family as Christian Scientists (they are opposed to all non-faith based medical support). There is clearly some sort of pathological depression combined with some other mental health issues causing Josh to have an altered sense of right and wrong. Ignoring it or praying for it to self-correct only delays Josh from getting the relief and help he needs medically too. I know your family pays no attention to the media, but a famous star known for prolific sex with prostitutes and others came out as having HIV yesterday. (The actor is Charlie Sheen). Josh is alleged to have had several encounters with paid partners while using no STD protection. Therefore, Josh made impulsive decisions which placed his life and Anna’s and their children in jeopardy. One act of unprotected sex can transmit HIV and other STDs and if he infected Anna and she is pregnant — the child may be born infected (depending on the medical circumstances). As a father, Josh owes it to his children (and Anna, of course) to exhaust every opportunity to figure out 1) WHY he made the decisions he made and 2) HOW to ensure that he is never a danger to others in the future and 3) WHAT steps he can take to minimize future risk and assert impulse control. As a fan of your family, I would be very interested in reading blogs from Josh or his parents about Josh’s search for answers, support, and betterment of himself across the board. What can we do to help Josh? Forgiveness only works with assurance similar acts won’t be repeated.

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  9. Diane Couch

    I’m so heartbroken for your family. I truly miss each and every one of you. Many prayers for all of you during this trying time. I’m excited to see the girls back on next month. Nobody is perfect nobody! Keep your sweet family close and continue to love and support each other. And I’m sorry but I don’t think that “Missouri Fan” should be giving medical advice. They need to stick to being an Attorney. You’re not a doctor. Continued prayers

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  10. Tina Leah Brown

    Michelle and Jim Bob we, my family, just wanted to let you know that we miss you and your family, you are all so inspiring and are just lovely people. We are so sorry for your pain from the recent events. We send our love and you are all in our prayers and we know that the Lord will bless you and help you all. Take care.

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  11. Rev Dan Bauder

    I just wanted to let you and your family know you God has place a burden on my heart for all of you. You are in my prayers everyday. May God bless you as you continue serving Him.

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  12. Jeneva

    Your articles are for when it abyslutelo, positively, needs to be understood overnight.

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  13. Sanne

    Peferct shot! Thanks for your post!

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  14. Hope

    I am praying for you guys and for Josh and his precious family. God is truly able to bring total restoration to every person affected. We serve a big God!

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