The Duggars are being thrown again into another controversy. This time, their local church is the target of anti-Trump protesters who marched all the way to the church’s facade last Sunday. This is the same church where Joy-Anna Duggar’s wedding was held just a week ago.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s family all attend Cross Church, a local Baptist church with five locations in Arkansas. According to its website, Cross Church is a “missional church” that strongly believes in baptism and evangelism.
“Reaching Northwest Arkansas, America, and the World for Jesus Christ.”
The church is headed by Senior Pastor Ronnie Floyd, who was said to be one of President Donald Trump’s spiritual advisors during his campaign. On Sunday, June 4, a small group of anti-Trump rallyists assembled at Cross Church Pinnacle Hills to ask Floyd to change the president’s views on climate change and other pertinent issues.
The news was reported by Katie Davidson, a local journalist in Arkansas. She posted several photos of the rally, which shows the protesters holding banners that shout out their cause.
“Climate change kills poor people,” reads one banner.
Davidson’s post was met with comments from Pastor Floyd’s supporters who defended the minister from the public bashing. However, some argued that it’s just right for people to express their sentiments for the sake of change.
“It’s important to show that people are holding those with an ear to the president accountable because they have every right to be there. Because Jesus himself was a political radical that advocated for change.”
Although the rally was attended only by a handful of people, the Duggars are being dragged into the issue since they are probably the most famous members of the congregation. Jill Duggar and husband Derick Dillard, in particular, are active missionaries for the church.
Meanwhile, the Facebook fan page Duggar Family News: Life Is Not All Pickles and Hairspray further exposed other allegedly questionable teachings of the Cross Church pastor. Pastor Ronnie Floyd preaches the “first fruit” tithing method to his congregation and asserts that 10 percent of one’s income should automatically go to the church funds. A video of one of his sermons shows the preacher saying that if one fails to tithe, he is “cursed.”
— Ronnie Floyd (@ronniefloyd) June 2, 2017
Pastor Floyd is also taking fire for his book “The Gay Agenda: It’s Dividing the Family, the Church, and a Nation.” Naturally, the LGBT community has taken insult with what the pastor wrote in his book. According to the synopsis, the book is a “bold defense” against same-sex unions.
“As same-sex ‘unions’ and court challenges to the bans on these unions sweep the country, reasoned voices from the Church are needed. Now, one has emerged to expose the agenda that the homosexual lobby is trying to impose on society.”
The Cross Church minister’s political views are in no way directly connected with the 19 Kids and Counting family. However, those against President Trump are calling out the reality stars. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have been active in publicly expressing their Republican views in the past. Jim Bob even served in the Arkansas House of Representative between 1999 and 2002. He also tried to bid for the U.S. Senate in 2002 under the Republican Party but lost.
While the Duggars did not publicly endorse anyone in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, eagle-eyed fans noted that they subtly expressed their vote for Donald Trump by supporting their pastor. The Hollywood Gossip reported that Derick Dillard, Jill Duggar’s husband, tweeted a photo of Pastor Floyd during the election period. The photo comes with a quote from the pastor, who encouraged everyone to vote.
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