In the last post, I mentioned Mike Pearl of No Greater Joy Ministries. Mike and Debi Pearl are quite popular in the homeschool movement. Years ago, they published a book called “To Train up a Child”. They practically gave it away, the price was so low. It was actually a pretty smart marketing tool because people connected with the ideas in the book, bought loads of books and gave them to their friends and family members. There are some decent nuggets of truth. After people connected with the book, they wanted more and so they signed up for the free newsletter and then people were hooked.
The Pearls speak all over the country, give presentations on parenting, marriage, proper roles of husband/wife, etc. I think my husband and I have gone to at least two of their workshops. They espouse Patriarchal teaching, homeschooling, courtship, spanking with a 1/4-inch plastic plumbing line. If I remember correctly, their children who married did not get a marriage license – as it was not necessary. They grow their own gardens, get into healthy eating, etc. I’m pretty sure they are King James only people.
Ok, I fess up. I’ve been sucked in this movement for many years. I even went along with some of it. Now I’m in the process of trying to evaluate everything that I have learned over the years and test it up against scripture.
Does Mike Pearl’s teaching on women measure up to scripture? Would marriages benefit from following this teaching? This video is just over 7 minutes long.