The Washington Post: “Patriarchy proponent Doug Phillips resigns after extramarital relationship”

The Washington Post chimes in today:

Doug Phillips, an outspoken proponent of male “dominion” over women and a leading home-schooling activist, has stepped down as president of his Texas-based Vision Forum Ministries after admitting to an inappropriate relationship with a woman.

After cancelling all planned speaking engagements, Phillips, however, on Wednesday (Nov. 6) said he will still maintain ownership of the affiliated Vision Forum Inc., a for-profit company.

Phillips, who has eight children with his wife Beall, wrote on the ministry website on Oct. 30 that he would step down as a ministry leader.

“I engaged in a lengthy, inappropriate relationship with a woman,” he wrote. “While we did not ‘know’ each other in a Biblical sense, it was nevertheless inappropriately romantic and affectionate.”

Calls to Vision Forum Ministries were not returned.

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15 Responses to “The Washington Post: “Patriarchy proponent Doug Phillips resigns after extramarital relationship””

  1. Geoff Says:

    Is it just me or are a lot of Doug Phillips’ highly opinionated friends unusually quiet about Doug’s It wasn’t biblical sex because we didn’t go all the way affair and his subsequent resignation from Vision Forum Ministries?

    This comment confirmed my impressions:

    Quiet: Scott Brown, Peter Bradrick, the Botkins, Kelly Crawford, the Niednagel-Thomases, Justin Turley, the Seppis, the Servens, RC Sproul Jr., Tim Bayly, Ah the Life Spinsters, Mark Driscoll, John Piper, the Coghlans (aside from cryptic Scripture-quoting on FB)

    Talking: Douglas Wilson, the McDonalds, Voddie Baucham, Jennie Chancey, the Puritan Board Blog, SharperIron Forums

    Add to this quiet list the extremely mouthy and Kevin Swanson who has an opinion about everything.

    I find it more than odd that Kevin Swanson and Doug Phillips were so outspoken when their bosom buddy R.C. Sproul Jr. was defrocked from the ministry a few years back. Now when their good friend Doug Phillips’ Titanic is foundering Swanson and Sproul are playing the part of Captain Stanley Lord (of the Californian, ship that ignored the Titanic’s SOS radio calls).

    It seems that if a pastor is only guilty of such minor things as spiritual abuse, tax fraud, etc, he’ll have plenty of his fellow abusers come rushing to his aid. But as bad as these men are none of them want to be seen offering aid to a philanderer. Just wouldn’t be right for their image.

  2. amanda Says:

    I, too, have wondered why Kevin Swanson hasn’t weighed in on this.

  3. Geoff Says:

    Ask and ye shall receive?

    Scandal Among Christians
    Hypocrisy is Everywhere – Nov 7, 2013

    The Vision Forum announcement last week sparked a flurry of discussion in and out of the Christian church. The sons and daughters of Belial screeched with glee, while the Christians issued more gracious and thoughtful responses. Here Kevin Swanson takes a look at the wider picture of scandal and the proper response. Fear. Humility. Repentance. . . all appropriate for all of us. Take heed, lest you fall.
    Do remember that everybody’s a hypocrite. There are hypocrites who hide their hypocrisy. There are hypocrites who are ashamed of their hypocrisy and repent of it. And then there are hypocrites who build monuments to their hypocrisy (We call them “liberals” in this country).

    Ask and ye shall receive? Not really. The description of this radio program gives the impression that in it Kevin Swanson responds in some fashion to the “flurry of discussion” over the “Vision Forum announcement.” He doesn’t. He ends with, “I hope this has been a helpful discussion.” In my estimation, at least insofar as it concerns the Doug Phillips scandal, it doesn’t.

    As far as Swanson’s assessment that “everybody’s a hypocrite” I couldn’t disagree more. Perhaps Kevin Swanson is a hypocrite, but he shouldn’t project his hypocritical character issues onto everyone else.

    • Jen Says:

      What a NON-statement. Everyone sins, but we all have different sins. Hypocrisy is not one I personally struggle with, but there are plenty of others!

  4. notsurprised Says:

    reading from several other sources, he DID step down in February.


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