I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright: no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle.
-Jeremiah 8:6, KJV
News is flying that Joshua Duggar may be coming back to TLC.
It is reported from a source that he will be blaming “external forces” for his marital infidelities and molestation of his underage sisters years prior. If this is true, then repentance has not taken place for these acts.
It is more likely than not that he will fall into sin again as such a stance is an avoidance of personal responsibility for doing this wicked things.
How can one turn from sin if one denies one’s power over avoiding sin to being with?
I hope this is a false report.
I hope Josh Duggar received godly counsel that pushed him to accept full responsibility for choosing darkness over light.
I hope–for his family’s sake–that he is not about to blame external circumstances (even evil spiritual ones) for choosing to indulge the evil in his own heart, which is the actual origin of such sin as Christ taught (e.g. Mark 7:21-23).
Regardless, this report serves as an opportunity to highlight a reminder on how not to respond to adultery or marital infidelity:
Godly counsel encourages sinners to fully own his or her sin. For it blaming external circumstances or influences–including even the devil–on Judgment Day will not not end well for the excuse-maker (e.g. 2 Corinthians 5:10).