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A Gospel Response to Josh Dugger


Chad Bird and Daniel Emory Price have put together what is perhaps the most biblical response to the Josh Dugger abuse situation that I have read so far. There is so much in this article that I don’t even know where to begin. It is good from start to finish. The following quote from their post is the key thought in my opinion,

The greatest witness that Christians can present to the world is not their own morality, their ideal family, or their dream marriage, but their weaknesses and sins and failures, all of which have been atoned for by the crucified and resurrected Jesus. Our witness is never, “Look at how well we’re doing at being good,” but always, “Look at the good Savior who died for our evils.”

The true scandal is not what Josh Dugger did, although it was terrible. It wasn’t even the wrong way in which the family handled the situation (which was also a tragedy). The true scandal is that God in Christ came to become sin for the ungodly and to bear the shame of the victim.

Read: We Are All the Duggers

20 thoughts on “A Gospel Response to Josh Dugger

  1. As one who was victimized as a child and into my teen years I can say amen to this. There was a time when I would have said to hell with the abuser. But that was before I saw that I am also a sinner in need of grace. Not only has Jesus taken my shame upon himself but he also took my own sins upon him! That is the marvelous grace that I have come to love in my Jesus!


      Marie, I am sorry to hear of your abuse. Such a radical difference in what you described as your feelings toward your abuser now and then. God is good.

  2. Richard

    Praise God for His saving grace!


      Amen brother.

  3. Gregory Fields

    I have to admit that I am not like many of your readers because I am not Christian. But this presentation gives me something to consider. The idea or the version of Christianity you talk about here is something I have never heard in my 31 years. We all know that Christians aren’t perfect. It’s probably more obvious to us than to Christians. But to hear a Christian say that they need God as much as the next person is refreshing. That is the kind of religion I can follow. One that knows we are all the same and yet offers hope to change.


      Gregory, it sounds like you have a desire to change. Do you mind of I contact you privately to hear your story and share mine?

  4. Peggy

    Well I have been a Christian my whole life and I have heard this message my whole life. The problem isn’t that we don’t teach this it’s that we don’t believe this! We say this is true but once someone starts talking about it too much they shut you down and say you can’t talk about grace too much or people will think they have an excuse to sin. Really? We confess the gospel but can speak of it too much? You are brave for posting this because there are some real haters out there. Grace haters. They love their own goodness as if they have any and pretend to love grace but despise it in their hearts because it means they lose what they think is their contribution.


      Peggy, the funny thing is, I have only met one person who ever said that grace gives them license to continue in their sin. Those who belong to Christ would never say this. Their sin breaks their heart. The response to the gospel from someone who is truly his is a deep desire to obey and please God. Not because it earns favor but because they love Him.

  5. Joseph

    Peggy your comment hit a nerve with me. My wife and I serve as missionaries is Russia. Here we are surrounded by eastern and western catholics who claim to love grace but who insist that their works merit something. Sadly, we reformed should know better but we are often the same. We can’t speak too much about grace. That is impossible. A truly changed heart can’t continue to sin so that grace abounds. Why? We are united to Christ. We have been crucified burried and resurrected with him in our baptism. If someone hates grace , which they rarely admit but it can be seen in how they are repulsed by it and how they tell you to stop talking about it, if they hate grace then they don’t truly know grace.If they hate grace it is likely that they don’t understand it. Or they hate the cross.


      Well said Joseph!

  6. but as you always tell me Joseph those who dispise grace need it the most so lets pray for them rite?


      Always pray for those who lack grace. Always. They need it as much as any of us. And what joy to see them when they embrace the gospel!

  7. Joseph

    Yes Rena. Thanks for that reminder. My comment was written in bitterness and in the spirit of this post I need to confess that. Those who despise grace need it the most and may not really hate the cross like I suggested. It could just be a sin they struggle with. Wanting to believe so bad that they can be righteous. Let’s pray them and for one another.

  8. Burt

    Nice write up. We quickly forget that we are all dead because of Adam and can all live now because of Christ. Those in Christ have a new Federal Head.

  9. Amy

    What’s good about the post is that it clears the muddy waters so we can see Christ clearly. There is a lot of attention on Josh Dugger and there should be to make sure that the facts are accurate and there is justice if there still needs to be. Not as much attention on the girls he touched but still a lot. My guess is for privacy. Both are important but we can focus so much on them that we forget we are Christians who exalt Christ above everything else. The tragedy here is there is so little talk of Christ in all this. That is what makes this post so good. It brings us back to Christ.


      Thanks Amy. You nailed it!

  10. Ainsley

    Good perspective. This has been bugging me for so long since I first heard it. I’m heartbroken and feel like a friend has betrayed me even though I don’t know them. Maybe I have been putting my faith in thr wrong places.

  11. Ryan

    Well stated. I enjoyed this post. It should hit home with those of us who are reformed but I think the cynicism is right. Some will inevitably cry foul and say that we shouldn’t talk of grace.

  12. Rochelle

    Don’t you think giving grace to a child molester is a tad unfair to the girls he molested? Just sayin’.

  13. I don’t think anyone is saying he shouldn’t have consequesnces. This is all about God’s grace to sinners. Sometimes the consequences we face are steep but necessary. That doesn’t change that God is gracious to us all. If it turns out that this is something that will require jail time or retribution then he should have that. But still needs God’s grace.

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