Jessa Duggar Seewald’s husband, Ben Seewald, didn’t say much during Sunday night’s Jill & Jessa: Counting On premiere. Jessa Duggar was more talkative than Ben on the TV special, but her husband has been more active on social media as of late. The night before Jill & Jessa: Counting On aired, he decided to open up a can of worms by sharing his thoughts on ISIS.
ISIS might be a bloodthirsty militant group that has killed thousands of innocent people, but Jessa Duggar’s husband doesn’t think that the terrorists are the world’s biggest problem right now. In a recent Facebook post, Ben Seewald expressed his belief that everyone needs to spend less time worrying about ISIS and more time reading their Bibles.
“ISIS isn’t the biggest problem in the world,” Jessa’s husband wrote. “The biggest problem in the world is something every single one of us have in common. It lies within us. It’s called sin. The only solution to this problem is the Gospel.”
Ben Seewald shared these words just two days before the Jerusalem Post published a report that ISIS has started killing babies with Down Syndrome. A few of Ben’s Facebook fans took issue with his post about the violent group.
“You wanna preach that’s fine but let’s see you join the service and then see what you have to say about what the biggest problem is,” one commenter wrote.
However, according to Jessa Duggar’s husband, he has nothing against the military combating ISIS; he simply thinks that everyone needs to start evangelizing instead of worrying about eradicating ISIS.
“Listen, I’m not denying that America may use military force to defend its citizens. That’s a good thing,” Ben responded to his critic. “I’m speaking to us as Christians so that we see the need to evangelize and share the gospel as this is our calling and the ultimate answer to the world’s greatest problem. But that doesn’t discount the need for national defense.”
Another Facebook commenter responded by telling Ben to practice what he preaches by ministering in Syria, and Ben did not respond to this suggestion.
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Jessa Duggar and her husband likely won’t ever head to a dangerous place like Syria to do any evangelizing, but there is a chance that Ben will become a preacher someday—it might just take a few years for Jessa’s husband to achieve his goal of making a living off of ministry work.
The Jill & Jessa: Counting On special shared quite a few details about what Jill Duggar Dillard and her husband have been doing to support their family of three. Jill and Derick started their own ministry, and they used donations from fans to fund a mission trip to Central America. However, during the Jill & Jessa: Counting On premiere, there was no mention of how Jessa Duggar’s husband plans to provide for his family if TLC opts against turning the Duggar family’s new specials into a full-fledged reality series. Instead, the Jill & Jessa: Counting On premiere focused on Jessa and Ben preparing for parenthood by shopping for chairs, bench-pressing babies, and putting a bed skirt on a crib.
The special likely didn’t focus on the career plans of Jessa Duggar’s husband because he decided to use Jessa’s pregnancy as an excuse to take a break from pursuing his dream of becoming a preacher. In a September 21 post that was published on the Duggar Family Blog, Jessa Duggar informed her fans of her man’s seminary school aspirations. According to Jessa, he’ll start getting serious about finding a way to support his family sometime next year.
“Ben graduated in May from National Park College in his hometown of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and since then, has been looking into options for Seminary,” Jessa Duggar wrote. “He decided to take a break from his studies for this semester since we have a little one due Nov. 1st, but he plans to move forward next year.”
In the blog post, Jessa revealed that Ben is currently making himself useful by working for her father, Jim Bob Duggar. According to People, Ben helps out with the Duggar family’s real estate business by mowing lawns. He also helps out with roofing houses and other “construction projects.”
Ben has also been busy helping Jessa Duggar take care of their son, Spurgeon Seewald. As the Inquisitr previously reported, the baby’s bizarre moniker was seemingly inspired by Ben’s dream of becoming a preacher. Baby Spurgeon is named after Charles Spurgeon, a 19th-century Baptist preacher who had something in common with the Seewalds: He also made some pretty controversial comments about Catholics.
What do you think of Ben Seewald’s comments about ISIS? And do you think Jessa Duggar’s husband has what it takes to be a preacher?
[Image via Ben Seewald/Facebook]