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Doug Phillips, founder of Vision Forum, the man who preached and taught men how to be godly fathers and husbands and how to have godly families, stumbled hard when he admitted that he had dishonored his marriage vows by having a physical relationship with a woman who was not his wife.
This disturbing news sent shock waves in the Christian community, but especially though the homeschool communities across the States and perhaps the world.
What did this man teach? How was he able to fall so far – and for so long? What has been the fruit of his teachings? Why are we starting to hear from young adults and parents about “system failures” in their own families. The perfect family image that Doug Phillips presented has not always produced the good fruit he advertised. Many families are breaking apart. Why is that?
In the article, In the Wake of the Doug Phillips Affair, a Mother Grieves and Seeks Our Prayers, we read the tragic story of a mother of 10 who followed these teachings and her family has fallen apart. In the comments, others shared their stories and heartache of a system failure.
One of the key components of the teachings of Phillips had to do with fathers being heads or priests of the home. At Vision Forum website, you can find an MP3 available for $15, in which you can listen to Doug Phillips narrate the entire volume of poems. Hurry now before the day after Thanksgiving rush.
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Let’s take a look at one of the poems included in the MP3, written by Doug Phillips.
More noble than the valiant deeds of shining knights of yore,
More powerful than earthly plights that make the rich man poor,
More kingly than a royal throne or a lion with his pride,
Is he whose babes sleep well at night sure Daddy will provide.
There is a spirit in this land and Jezebel’s her name.
She’s calling you to leave your home for power, fun, and fame.
She wants your wife, your children too — she’ll never compromise,
Until your house is torn in two by listening to her lies.
The rest of ht poem can be found here: The Patriarch
~Douglas W. Phillips
For those of us who heard Doug Phillips speak, this is par for the course. I’m curious to know how others outside of homeschool circles would view this particular patriarchal poem – especially those who may not have had exposure to patriarchal teachings. How does it line up with Scripture? Or does it?
- In the Wake of the Doug Phillips Affair, a Mother Grieves and Seeks Our Prayers (spiritualsoundingboard.com)
- Doug Philips Resigns from Office of President at Vision Forum, Discontinues Speaking Engagements (spiritualsoundingboard.com)
- Supporting Survivors of Doug Phillips’ Apostasy (spiritualsoundingboard.com)
- Doug Phillips: His Power and Control Using “Godly” Patriarchy (spiritualsoundingboard.com)
- A Closer Look at Doug Phillips’ Clarification Statement (spiritualsoundingboard.com)