Jessa Duggar: I’m Finally a Minister’s Wife!

Well, it looks like this is a very big week for Jessa Duggar.

Not only did her chronically-unemployed husband, Ben Seewald, finally get a job, he chose one of the few professions that Jim Bob Duggar actually approves of!

Yes, on Monday, it was revealed that Jessa is now the wife of an ordained minister.

A Duggar fan page shared the above photo on Instagram on Monday.

The pic was captioned, “Ben has been ordained as a Pastor,” and it was reportedly taken at a celebration party following his final commitment ceremony.

No one is wearing a mask, but that’s not much of a shock

We’ve known for quite some time that most of the Duggars think the coronavirus is a hoax.

Neither Jessa nor Ben has commented on the news, so we don’t know exactly when Ben was ordained or what the process of becoming a minister entailed.

But we certainly know what religion he’s ordained in.

The Duggars are Independent Baptists, and you can be sure Jim Bob wouldn’t tolerate his son-in-law becoming ordained in any other faith.

We wish we could tell you more about what Independent Baptists believe, but they’re a secretive bunch.

The “independent” refers to their refusal to affiliate themselves with any other Baptist denomination.

And in addition to attending church services each week, the Duggars engage in weekly “private worship” sessions.

What goes on there? Nobody knows.

But it’s a safe bet that there’s a good reason that what’s discussed in these sessions remains a secret.

After all, the Duggar beliefs that we know about are appalling.

We can only imagine about the stuff they feel the need to hide from the public.

Those who are familiar with his past say that Ben’s family isn’t quite as conservative as the Duggars (is anyone?).

But Jim Bob doesn’t tolerate much in the way of dissent, so you can be sure that Ben has adopted many of the Duggars’ beliefs and customs.

In addition to being Independent Baptists, the Duggars are adherents of the Quiverfull movement, which was founded by disgraced former pastor — and Jim Bob mentor — Bob Gothard.

Before he was forced to step down amid sexual harassment allegations, Gothard — yes, that’s really his name — came up with the idea that it’s the duty of all Christians to have as many children as possible.

Clearly, Jim Bob fell in love with the idea, and the rest — as they say — is history.

Fortunately, Ben seems to be slightly more sane than Jim Bob, and at somewhat less obsessed with procreation.

And we’re guessing he’ll be a better pastor than Gothard.

Hell, he would pretty much have to be.

Anyway, our congratulations go out to the Seewalds.

We have no idea what sort of ideas he’ll be spreading, but at least Ben isn’t unemployed anymore!

Duggar Family Rules: How Are These Still a Thing in 2020??

The Duggar family’s unusual dating (sorry, courting) rules were well documented long before they were embroiled in scandal.

Ever since Josh Duggar’s child molestation history – and brazen adultery – was exposed, they’ve all been under a microscope.

Yet, despite his hypocrisy, and the fact that their every move is under heavier scrutiny than ever, they weather every storm.

TLC axed 19 Kids & Counting, only to quickly come back with Counting On, featuring the same Duggars and their beliefs.

Well, sans the radioactive Josh. And now Derick.

Josh was a bridge too far for even the hard core believers to stomach seeing on TV any longer, but the fan base remains.

The Duggars themselves are similarly loyal to their beliefs. When it comes to the Arkansas family’s values, they stand firm.

Their belief system certainly requires conviction in order to practice, since the list of policies for love and life is not short.

Despite Joy bailing, Jinger’s new life in L.A., Derick’s sex on the brain and Jana’s girlfriend (supposedly), the rules remain.

Here are the most bizarre things they don’t allow …

1. Girl-on-Girl Romance

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Needless to say, the Duggars believe in traditional “family values” a.k.a. that homophobia is a sin. Rumors of Jana Duggar’s sexuality have circulated for years, with an insider telling The Hollywood Gossip that she was in love with her best friend Laura DeMasie. There’s been no official confirmation of this, but Jim Bob was reportedly so upset by how close they were that he arranged for her to get a job and move to Atlanta, far from the compound where Jana remains single at age 30. In a family where 20 is the usual courting age, her lack of courtships stands out even more.

2. Dates Without Chaperones

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The Duggar parents don’t just stand by their beliefs on relationships … they’ll stand literally next to their kids during their relationships. The parents will often accompany the kids on dates in order to maintain “accountability” and “keep things from going in the wrong direction,” per Jim Bob. The girls are fine with this, as being alone with men puts them in grave “moral danger.” When the parents aren’t available, their older siblings will often tag along, making every date a group date and a family affair.

3. Non-Group Texts

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Even in the kids’ late teens and early 20s, mom and dad are creeping on their text messages. When Ben Seewald jokingly wrote to fiancee Jessa, “Give me a ring,” Jim Bob actually jumped in on the group text, writing “No ring yet.” With a smiley face emoticon. Seriously, he did that. Whatever you think of him, Jim Bob needs his own Instagram so he can start posting screen shots of this stuff.

4. Hugs on the Chest

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This moment you see here between Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard would not have been permitted until the couple was married. Side hugs are the preferred method of PDA in order to prevent any further temptation or “hanky panky,” as has been well documented on 19 Kids and Counting. The Duggars love their side hugs so hard … though not too too hard, lest they lead to full-frontal hugging and the raging hormones that accompany such rampant chest-on-chest action. We’re getting riled up just thinking about it. And any touching beyond that? Save it for your wedding night.

5. Riding in Cars Together

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It’s no secret that the Duggars have strict dating rules. We’ve talked about some already and there are plenty more to come on this list. But one of the most bizarre was revealed only recently in an episode in which Joseph and Kendra Caldwell officially started courting. They were seen in a car, driving together … with one of the younger Duggar sitting in between them in the front seat of a pickup truck. Shortly after the courtship “proposal,” she was allowed to slide almost all the way over to Joseph. Not close enough for any inappropriate touching, obviously, but without another dude in between, which is mandatory during the “just friends” phase. Wow.

6. Co-Ed Hide and Seek

In the wake of the Josh Duggar molestation scandal going public years later, Jim Bob and Michelle gave in interview in which they talked about all of the things they did in its aftermath. In between blaming Josh’s indiscretions on being a curious pubescent boy, they discussed family rules that resulted from this, such as the children no longer being allowed to play co-ed hide and seek. That’s right, no two children regardless of age are allowed to go off alone, even in the context of this childhood pastime. How much that really helps the situation they were responding to remains to be seen.

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Jim Bob Duggar: Does He Get Along With ANY of His Sons-In-Law?

It’s been two years since Derick Dillard was fired by TLC, but he still gets asked to comment on his in-laws’ reality TV series.

And his latest remarks left some fans floored.

In case you missed it, Derick threatened to sue TLC and suggested that his father-in-law, Jim Bob Duggar, keeps all the money that the family earns from the show.

The remark raised a lot of questions about the nature of Jim Bob’s relationship not only with Derick, but with all of his sons-in-law.

Aftee all, JB has feuded with just about all of them at one time or another.

And while he seems to prefer some of his daughters’ husbands to others, we’re not sure if the term “favorite” really applies here.

Here’s a brief rundown of Jim Bob’s fraught relationships with the men who married into his family:


1. A Tough Nut to Crack

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We’ve known for quite some time that Jim Bob Duggar doesn’t get along with his sons-in-law. But now, there’s reason to believe the situation is far worse than anyone thought.

2. The Firebrand

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It was Derick Dillard who shined a light on that fact in comments he recently made on Twitter.

3. The Set-Up

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On October 18, a fan asked Dillard about why Jim Bob gets “all the money for the show and doesn’t give any to his children?” Derick took the bait in spectacular fashion.

4. Knocked Down

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“I don’t know. You would have to ask him that,” Dillard replied.

5. Throwing Shade

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From there, Derick accused Jim Bob of negotiating for the entire family without letting anyone else in on the details. The implication seems to be that Derick blames Jim Bob for the fact that he was fired by TLC.

6. The Real Reason

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Of course, we all know that Derick was actually fired for bullying fellow TLC star Jazz Jennings on Twitter, but that didn’t stop Dillard from claiming that he wasn’t fired and suggesting that the network is in cahoots with Jim Bob.

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