By blogger Angie the Anti-Theist. Originally posted here. Please remember that while the contributors to this website are united in our belief that there are problems with the teachings of Vision Forum, we come from a variety of diverse perspectives.
Time to take a closer look at Vision Forum. Today I’m looking at one of their annual events – the Father and Daughter Retreat, held in Pine Mountains, Georgia each Spring.
God’s Word speaks volumes to the relationship between fathers and daughters: His most sacred duty is her protection and preservation from childhood to virtuous womanhood.
Um, if you mean he’s supposed to get his money’s worth out of her virginity, then sure the Bible speaks on it.
Fun! And Biblical.
He leads her, woos her, and wins her with a tenderness and affection unique to the bonds of father and daughter.
Um, no. You aren’t supposed to date your daughters, Vision Forum guys, or “woo” them. Parenting is not a romance.
Success in his life mission is directly related to the seriousness and compassion with which he seeks to raise her as an industrious, family-affirming, children-loving woman of God.
You get that dads? Your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to make this little baby girl of yours into a god-fearing broodmare or else you’ll be the laughingstock of all the men in your cult!
She, in turn, looks to her father as a loving picture of leadership, of devotion, and of care.
Sure, as long as those things are *true*. But not all dads are great leaders; some of us think devotion (in the religious sense) is
Her relationship with her father will help to define her view of the worth of a woman, the meaning of fulfillment and contentment, and her vision for virtue.
Ha, that explains me then. Grew up without a dad and you all know how promiscuous (the right wing media claims) I am! All that aside, I think we should take a moment to consider what’s being said here. We’re talking about how a girl will grow up, right? And it looks like our goals aren’t for success or riches or academic brilliance – apparently women are supposed to be fulfilled (by what?) content (with what?) and virtuous (asexual to marriage, then on-demand, but not her demand.) Yippee hooray? I realize not all dads have this as a goal for their daughters, and that’s good or else I might be more critical of non-single moms.
When these relationships are realized and cultivated, the generational mission of the Christian family is secure.
Well, yes, so long as the “mission of the Christian family” is for women to be repressed broodmares, then of course, brainwashing daughters appropriately into their roles as mothers and servants of men is extremely vital to the mission. But maybe that’s not the most desirable outcome after all?
Is it any wonder that Satan is on the prowl seeking to tear the hearts of daughters from their fathers, and driving wedges of indifference between them — fathers with no time for their little girls, and young ladies who have replaced the love of their fathers with the acceptance of peers and inappropriate romantic relationships?
Ooooh Satan wants your little girl! But look, “young ladies” aresupposed to go through a separation from their parents and attachment to peers and lovers. So are young (gentle?)men. It’s a healthy, normal part of growing up, and while it can be quite tumultuous for some (including me) it serves the ultimate purpose of helping children become adults, capable of carrying on their own lives without the same level of assistance and oversight from their parents. Most of us recognize this, and there are several independence-oriented milestones during the teen years (like dating, and driving, and working a part-time job at the mall.)
The Vision Forum Ministries Father & Daughter Retreat is one step on the journey of recovering the preciousness of this relationship so crucial to the kingdom-building work of the Church.
Jesus needs your daughter’s vagina to bring forth the Kingdom of God! Sign her up today.
And in case you’re still wondering – this is what the Bible has to say about fathers and daughters.
- Your daughters make a great substitute when the townsfolk want to rape your male guest. (Genesis 19:6)
- It’s okay for your daughters to get you drunk and sleep with you. I mean, your male line needs to pass on! (Genesis 19:30-38)
- You can sell your daughter into sexual slavery, as long as you follow these prescriptions (Exodus 21:7-8)
- She’s dirty a good portion of the time, and you shouldn’t go near here (Leviticus 15:19-30,33)
- If you misbehave, God will make your daughters “whore after” other gods (Hosea 4:13)
- Your wife is going to be “unclean” a lot longer if she has a daughter than a son (Leviticus 12:2-5)
There are more, but this should give you some impression of what God thinks of your precious little baby girl. Oh, and today’s picture is from their site. It’s not necessarily creepy, until you put it in context of the whole “wooing” thing.