Thursday, May 21, 2015

Duggars Respond to Accusations Against Josh

Josh Duggar resigned from his position at the Family Research Council following accusations that he molested five underage girls as a teenager.

Josh, his wife, and his parents released statements via PEOPLE.com this evening.

"Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably, for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends," Josh told PEOPLE. "I confessed this to my parents, who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities, where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life."

Jim Bob and Michelle told PEOPLE that this incident, which occurred 12 years ago, was a dark time for their family. They were shocked by their son's behavior, but they lovingly came alongside him to help him through it. The Duggars say they grew closer to God through this ordeal.

"We pray that as people watch our lives, they see that we are not a perfect family," Jim Bob and Michelle told PEOPLE. "We have challenges and struggles every day. It is one of the reasons we treasure our faith so much because God's kindness and goodness and forgiveness are extended to us – even though we are so undeserving. We hope somehow the story of our journey – the good times and the difficult times – cause you to see the kindness of God and learn that He can bring you through anything."

When this incident occurred, Josh's family members responded with grace and forgiveness. They have chose to stand by him because they know he deeply regrets his actions and that he is now following after God.

Josh confessed his mistakes to Anna and her parents two years before proposing. Anna says she was "surprised at his openness and humility."

[I know] who Josh really is – someone who had gone down a wrong path and had humbled himself before God and those whom he had offended," said Anna. "Someone who had received the help needed to change the direction of his life and do what is right."

Josh says he "would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions." As a teenager, he sought forgiveness from the people he had wronged and from God. "In my life today, I am so very thankful for God's grace, mercy, and redemption," said Josh. 

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Family Research Council president Tony Perkins released a statement following Josh's resignation:

"Josh believes that the situation will make it difficult for him to be effective in his current work. We believe this is the best decision for Josh and his family at this time. We will be praying for everyone involved."

369 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear about this. Most of us do something as a young person that we would do just about anything to take back; I'm sure this is true for Josh.

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  2. My heart has been heavenly burdened for Josh & Anna, and the entire Duggar clan as this story unfolded today. In an era of media madness & hype, this report has taken on a life of its own. Those who love to gather stones will. But those of us that appreciate your candor & humility in light of it will stand with you. What happened over ten years ago and that was dealt with firmly and discreetly (as it ought to have been) is a closed chapter in my view. God bless you all as you walk out this challenge. I've no doubt you'll do it on the high ground, as always.

    Prayer & hugs,
    Kathleen

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  3. He was a kid!

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  4. I'm so disappointed to hear this. While I'm not judging Josh for his actions, this just gives non-Christians another reason to point at us and say how messed up the Christian faith is. I'm afraid this has done a lot of damage, not just within the Duggar family and I won't be surprised if the show is no canceled. But at least I know that God uses all things for His glory.

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  5. I love the Duggar family. I hope and pray that TLC WILL KEEP THEM ON TV. We all make mistakes. in the words of our dear Lord, "He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone." I will be praying for Josh and Anna during this difficult time in their lives. May God richly bless this precious family.

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  6. I did a lot of bad things as a teenager. Drugs, alcohol, theft. All slipped quietly away. They still live with me today. I am thankful I am not in the public eye. I was heartbroken when I saw this news. I have always held the Duggar family in high regard and I still do.

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  7. Everyone makes mistakes. He was a minor. Boys mature much later than girls. He knows it was wrong but your mind can wonder at any age. He and his family are over the situation and shame on who ever brought it up again just for a quick buck from the press!!

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  8. I am disappointed with this family. Why is it just now coming out? Why not come forth 10 years ago when you started your show?

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  9. Josh, I'm not sure what caused this information to become public, but as someone who has made her fair share of mistakes as well, I am also deeply thankful for God's grace. No one is perfect, and while I disagree with some aspects of your faith in our Lord, I do applaud you for your honesty, even when it is so hard to do. I hope you, your family, and anyone else directly affected by this are able to heal.

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  10. So there was no justice for these poor girls?

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  11. It was true all along.. I'm glad the family and Josh came forward. Took a lot of guts.

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  12. Praying for your family. I'm so impressed with how you guys have handled this. We are big fans and will continue to be. God has a plan in the midst of all this.

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  13. No one is perfect. I pray no one judges him or this amazing family unfairly.

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  14. Proud of you Josh!!!!! You saught the help you needed to become a better man!!!!! Go you keep your head up my dude you should be proud of yourself!!!!

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  15. So glad you shared this. I love you guys even more now! What wonderful parents to extend such grace and mercy. I wish I could be that loving. Loving like our Abba Father.

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  16. I love you all very much. The Lord has caat it into the sea of forgiveness. As Christians we should do the same. This chanes nothing. I STILL LOVE YOU ALL VERY MUCH. Stay strong and move forward.

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  17. Praying for your family. People may not understand and may not forgive the situation but thank the Lord that his forgiveness is all you need. Washed in the blood my friend. Washed in the blood of Jesus!!!!

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  18. I support the Duggars!

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  19. I pray for your beautiful family. God is good to all who waits on him. The media is going to be cruel but know that you have people who are on your side. Stay strong ! He who lives in me is greater then he who is in the world.

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  20. Praying for you family

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  21. Kelly from Nova Scotia CanadaMay 21, 2015 at 7:58 PM

    Josh, you & your family are in my praying heart. I commend your parents for the grace they handled you with as a boy. Be gentle and be kind to yourself. Our Heavenly Father loves you Dear Brother!

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  22. Just wanted to commend the Duggar family and Josh for releasing a statement and owning it. I am thankful that the things that I did as a teen aren't being dug up all the time. I think that doing what they did at the time takes courage to seek treatment & to take responsibility. What happened was a mistake, but the actions after are also important. Sending prayers and grace to the family.

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  23. The next thing that needs to be done is the show 19 kids and counting to be cancelled.

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  24. I am a little taken back by this. On one hand I highly respect the admitted act but as a victim of child molestation and a huge fan of your family I struggle with this. I know many details you must keep private but I wish you could elaborate a bit more.

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  25. He who hath no sin cast the first stone, I love your family and you inspire me to do better. I will keep your family in my prayers!

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  26. This to shall pass. Prayers. Love your family and show.

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  27. As painful as this is, and how Satan wants to have a party spreading around painful stories of the past. I trust that good will come from your speaking out and sharing directly about how your family dealt with a horrible situation. Shining lights in dark places sets people free. People need to know about forgiveness, both from those hurt, those close to us and ultimately God. He longs to set people free from the bondage of hidden sin. Praying for all involved!!

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  28. As a survivor of a child molestation. I commend Josh for his honesty and openness for his past. I wasn't as fortunate to receive an apology or his willingness to confess his act and turn to God. I praise you Mr. and Mrs. Duggar for helping your son and your unconditional love and encouragement and support. Josh you are a blessing to your family and a blessing of God. I am a sinner and I'm sure the Lord doesn't have a scale of which he weighs the depths of sin. Instead he accepts us and calls us his own. He forgives us and holds us and heals us from the inside out. I pray Josh that you would use your experience to help those who have found themselves in similar situations. Maybe start or join a jail ministry, so that those who are broken can heal through your testimony and come to Jesus and accept him as their savior. I will continue to watch your show and support your family with my prayers and well wishes. Mrs. Gina David

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  29. This to shall pass. Prayers. Love your family and show.

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  30. Oscar & PaulineMay 21, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    He who has no sin cast the first stone.We've all done things we regret but thats why God gave his son to forgive us of our sinsI still love the show and lets move forward.

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  31. I love this show & I love this family! No one is perfect, we ALL fall short of God's glory. He repented & turned from his sin, his family forgave him, his wife was made aware of it before they were married & he underwent counseling, what more can you ask for!? The first step in getting help is admitting you are at fault. I'm not at all condoning his actions, but it sounds like he is doing his best to right his wrongs.

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  32. Duggar family, you are in my prayers. All families experience pain in different forms. My husband and I will continue to admire your faith and honesty. God bless you as you go through this difficult time.

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  33. Josh is a Godly example of what a man, husband, and father should be. What he did as a kid, before he was saved doesn't change that. As my brother in The Lord, you have love and support from my family. I hope this doesn't silence your voice. Keep using whatever platform the Lord provides for you. God Bless you and your family.

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  34. Praying for your family at this time.

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  35. People make mistakes as children and as long as he is not doing it and defiantly not to children and has asked for God's forgiveness. .who are we to judge him for his past. ..people need to look into their closets before trying to be nosy into someone else's!

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  36. It happened 12 years ago. You are still a good person.people should let the past be in the past

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  37. Sounds like the situation was dealt with years ago. Why bring it up now.

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  38. I believe your sincerity and hope you are able to move forward with this. I hope you can find gainful employment elsewhere. Everyone deserve forgiveness and a second chance, that is why God sent his only son for us. I still think you are a great example regardless. Hopefully TLC keeps you guys on.

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  39. Im so sorry this 'old news' has been dredged up. Nothing will make me stop admiring your family. Im sorry this has affected your job, and I hope it all goes back into the 'history books' as it should...God Bless you all. I love you all.

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  40. Josh, no one is perfect. We all have ghosts in our closets and Im sorry to hear that this has effected your job, which supports your family. Forgiveness is something hard to ask for and even harder to recieve. I pray that your family has healed from your past mistakes and also heals from this unnecessary media coverage. You have a great wife and family, stay true to Gods teaching that he forgives... God Bless

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  41. God bless your family during this time. Josh was a child at the time, and male children do some hair raising things sometimes; I know mine did. The only real sin here is that ugly people have opened a file on a child and published it. These records are supposed to be sealed for this very reason. Stick together and pray the evil your having to face leaves your lives soon.

    Stephanie

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  42. Jessica ScarberryMay 21, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    I think it's ridiculous that it's being called "molestation"! I think it should be called "hormone racing, typical, curious boy". Of course I don't know the whole story, only what I've read, it still doesn't effect my love and admiration for the family and show. I am raising 4 sons, 3 of whom are in puberty and I have overheard several conversations about their "curiosity" and the only difference between them an josh at that time is that they don't live with a house full of females. Keep your head up josh. You and your family will get through this. This would just be another day if it was anyone else but since you are famous then it's going to be blown way out of proportion

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  43. Keep trusting God! I am praying for your family! Jesus came to save us His Blood cleanses us when we repent He throws our sins in the sea of forgetfulness!

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  44. The Lord has forgiven him so we should not judge him.

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  45. Gods grace and forgiveness are all we need. I'm not sure where I would be without it. My life was in shambles when he found me. Praying for strength and guidance for this sweet family.

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  46. I love your show and everything you stand for. Nobody is perfect and people will make mistakes. Josh owned up to his mistakes and I commend him for that. I hope one day when god blesses me with kids. I will raise them just like y'all do yours. I can't wait until the next season :)

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  47. I love your family and that will not change. I respect Josh for how he handled himself as a 15 year old and I respect him even more today.

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  48. I am thankful Josh has admitted his wrong doing and asked God's forgiveness. He is a wonderful young man and I pray that this past mistake does not continue to harm him. No one is perfect and this is why we all need Jesus. Praying for Josh and his family and all the wonderful Duggars.

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  49. We all fall short and make mistakes. Continue to seek God and live in and for his Grace and forgiveness as well all day everyday. I wish you peace and happiness. God Bless

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  50. Who of us can cast the first stone? If half my sins were paraded before the news meia, everyone would be shocked, because I am no longer that person. When God comes in your life He changes you from the inside out. We ALL have things we are ashamed of from our past.Please don't let this take you from your family show. It just shows people the wonderful grace of God even more evidently. Praying for all of you in Texas, the Lochridge Family

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  51. I truly hope that the young women are not ashamed by this. They have no reason to be. Prayers of healing for all involved. Is the show being cancelled?

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  52. It's a total shame this happen. I hate to hear this. Being a victim if insest as a small child it leaves scars and pain. Yes God can heal your heart and yes I did forgive my uncle but I will not allow myself or my kids be in the same place as him. This was a family secret for years too and sadly my parents didn't press charges because the didn't want to have any other family issues. I just hope and pray these girls got some help unlike I did. I won't stop watching the duggars because of this. But my question is why now after all these years this secret is out? Josh I am glad you admited your wrong doing that in its self takes courage and strength.

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  53. I believe in all of you. Josh and the Duggar family are wonderful. People make mistakes at all ages. I have been watching the show since day one. I believe in Josh. I stand by the Duggar family. Only God can judge you, no one else.

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  54. This may be a hard chapter for you but it will ultimately bring you to where you need to be. With Gods grace you just may help someone else going through a similar situation who needs to find the strength, mercy and forgiveness that you have. May God be with you all and may he continue to shine through you even greater.

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  55. Prayers of grace and mercy for the family and those offended. God knows and he will forgive and he is merciful. Love and prayers.

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  56. My heart goes out to the Duggar family as they deal with this so publicly. A similar thing happened in our family with my older brother molesting my sister and I, but our parents ignored all the signs and even when they found out 15 years later, acted like it wasn't that big of deal. So it's a relief to see that the Duggar family addressed it. I do pray that Jim Bob and Michelle get counseling for their girls as they are the victims in all of this. Even with the forgiveness, the abuse will affect them for the rest of their lives.

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  57. Praying for your Family.

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  58. This is a sad situation and I am very empathetic. Josh was very brave to come forward and take action to correct his behavior and ask for forgiveness, most of us have done things that we regret when we are young. We can't fix what we don't acknowledge, hopefully your testimony will help another family. I would also just like to say to Josh to please take precautionary measures so you never do anything like it again. Prayers for your family, God bless

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  59. I applaud your honesty and the willingness to share what happened in the past. So thankful for God's forgiveness. Stand with your head held high, unbelievers will use this as their new agenda because they do not understand forgiveness,grace, and mercy because they have never experienced it. I love your family and your values.

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  60. i am so sorry to hear this. i will be praying for you all. may G-d bless and keep your family at this time.

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  61. The Duggar family has always been remarkable and here again they just show us that as human we do make mistakes but choosing to correct his wrongdoing and providing a better life for his family is amazing. All young boys suffer thoughts and temptions and as Josh being the oldest unfortunately he was the example for everyone else. I applaud their family and for Pete sake people he was only 14 yrs old, minor himself at the time.

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  62. I am very shocked to read of this news, but this was 12 years ago. Why bring it up now. I do hope Josh's life is not ruined. I do still love this family and how they stay on TLC. My heart goes out to the whole family. Sending prayers to everyone.

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  63. I am glad he is telling the truth. Thank you. Praying Josh is truly past this and the girls are doing ok

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  64. I appreciate your honesty, its sad that after all this time someone felt the need to try to damage your family but that's how satan works.
    My father abused me so I'm sorry for all those involved, but thru prayer and with counseling I've had a wonderful marriage and 5 beautiful children and many grandchildren.

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  65. Praying for your family.

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  66. My prayers are with all of you, especially those whos wounds have been ripped open again by this information becoming public. God bless you all.

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  67. No one is perfect in this world... He regreted his mistakes, admitted to it, apologized....and did the right things, to put his life back to the right path....which one of us have not made a very big mistake?...do you want to cast that first stone?....We all deserve a chance...than after that, if the mistake continues, then throw that stone!!!!!...everyone has those feelings, and those children have many restrictions... does nt surprise me, he did that..(unexceptable though)...I wish them well...and I still love that Fam.

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  68. Prayers for your family. Everyone has mistakes we wish could stay hidden (especially during our teen years). This is just a reminder that God knows all and we can't hide anything from Him. All we can do is ask for forgiveness and grant the same forgiveness to others. Life is full of hard lessons and our actions affect more than just ourselves and can have a lifetime of consequences. This is a learning opportunity. Hang in there. If God brings you to it He will bring you through it.

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  69. I believe people have the ability to change with God's help. If the victims can forgive him, we have no right to condemn him. I hope the show will continue,

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  70. Josh, I will be praying for you, Anna and your family. I am sure God has a plan for your life, though it may be difficult right now for you to see what it is. May God bless you and keep you!

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  71. Hey guys- will you still be doing the dagger family blog now that all this has come to light? I pray for the Duggars and how they didn't just throw it under the carpet that they spoke to authorities and went to counselling. I do however feel so deeply for the victims they will never fully recover despite their faith... it isn't something you will ever recover from.

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  72. We love your family and realize that nobody is perfect. Things are shocking but not insurmountable. Your fans still care about your very large family and pray you will get through this.

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  73. I commend you josh for standing up even with all the negative comments. I think it takes a strong person and very strong family to stand up and admit a fault.

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  74. In Jesus, we find forgiveness and grace. I am glad to know that Josh and I can relate. I too was a sinful teen and wish I could take it back. I will pray for Josh and Anna and I hope they know I still am ministered to when I watch 19 Kids and Counting!

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  75. Praise God for Josh being so honest and open. If Jesus can forgive him and not judge, we should follow that example. Period.

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  76. And I did not think that I could love Michelle and Jim Bob anymore than I did. Then I hear about this horrible time in they're lives and how they handled it. True inspirations. Jim Bob was a true man by taking Josh to the trooper and then getting him and the whole family into counseling. This unfortunately happens in too many families. It's rarely ever talked about. I feel horrible for the victims. When I first heard about these accusations I literally wanted to throw up. I feel bad that Michelle and Jim Bob had to deal with this from their own son. But they have handled themselves with more humility and Godliness then I could ever if that ever happened to me. I will never look at Josh the same way again but I'm relieved that he at least told Anne before they courted. God please help this family and be with them in their time of need.

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  77. I am so encouraged by the Duggars. Not a sinlgle family out there is perfect, and it would be silly for anyone to assume that the Duggars are any different than our own families! We all have skeletons in our closets, great and small, we have all made a huge mistake in our lives at one point or another.

    This is honestly not the public's business and the Duggars have obviously handled this in the best possible way. I feel so bad that they have been attacked like this and the problems they have ALREADY resolved have been dragged back into the light. Who are we to judge them?! We are all sinners, no one is free from sin. Josh has already asked for forgiveness, the people he hurt forgave him, it's done, it's over, let's move on to more important things!
    We are all so incredibly blessed to have a God that is graceful and forgives. May God bless the Duggar family.

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  78. This has not changed my feelings about this family, I love your family. I look forward to every Tuesday night. I won't judge Josh for his sin, only God can judge and he has already forgave Josh for his sin and blessed him with a beautiful wife and 3 soon to be 4 lovely children. I want to take this opportunity and Congratulate Jill and Derick on their bundle of joy Israel and to Jessa and Ben on their pregnancy, and to Josh and Anna. Love you all, Your like family to me. God Bless You All.

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  79. May God continue to bless you and your family! I know it is hard being in the public eye under continued scrutiny. The most important thing through all of this is your continued faith and living your life for our Lord and Savior! This to shall pass

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  80. As a Christian who has made many mistakes in my life,I am praying for you and your beautiful family. None of us are perfect and we all owe our forgiveness to Jesus. Thank you all for the encouragement and love you give to others. God bless you. Nancy from Folsom, CA

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  81. i am sorry for you and remember who is without sin throw the first stone we are human and we make mistakes love you family always
    Jan Hendrick

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  82. Couldn't ask for a more sincere or real statement than that. Unfortunately, the public is acting like Josh is the first 14 year old boy to ever have an impulse control issue, which is ridiculous. I hope that TLC keeps your show on the air, I really enjoy watching your family!! God Bless!!

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  83. we all make mistakes in our lives but some people would tell his parents sooner because people is going 2 look at him different now. keep praying 2 god and it will work out for the better . i'm going 2 keep watching the show.god bless you all

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  84. Our prayers are with all of you at this time.
    As we all know, we are not perfect and have to constantly work at being better Christians.

    I am so sorry that someone felt it their job to dig into his life, bring a sin of his, that he made and regretted years ago, to everyone. It breaks my heart!

    I am so thankful he has such a loving, caring and forgiving God and family in his life.

    This has certainly not changed my opinion of him or anyone in your family - I wish more families worked more on their morals and teaching of God as you do!
    May God continue to bless all of you! Thank you for letting us share your lives.

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  85. Teenage years are very hard and we have all made mistakes. I still have some I regret. Thank God for his grace!!! I'm very proud of Josh telling Anna before he married her. This is real humility and I appreciate it!!

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  86. We are all sinners. Because of Jesus Christ death and resurrection We are all saved! God be with you and your family always.

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  87. Real life problem addressed in a good way. We should be careful to judge a family that has always said they were not perfect. God bless the duggars and to Josh and Anna all the best for the future. Thanks for your honesty and humility in addressing this issue.

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  88. Say it aint so, i just pray that TLC doesn't cancel the show, l will be behond upset if they do..

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  89. no one is perfect,if God has forgiven you no one else has the right to withhold forgiveness..I am sorry for what the media and the "perfect" people out there are going to put your family through in the coming weeks before they find another secret on another tv family to crucify them for.

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  90. Josh I am so proud of you for doing the right thing in this situation. It is sad that someone had to bring this up as we can clearly see that you have changed for the better. I still will continue to support you and your family. God Bless you all!!

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  91. Just know that we love your family. We are sorry that someone dug this up and caused you folks all this grief. We know personally of God's grace and mercy. We know how precious it is to know that most of all God has forgiven all that has been brought before Him. You as a family have our continued prayers. May God bless you in the coming days as you continue to strife to serve Him.

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  92. Praying for all of the members of this family. This was a "Family" matter and should have been left there at this time. I am sorry to hear this has also cost Josh his job, but, I feel confident they will overcome. The Bible explains how the Unbelievers will continue to attack and persecute Christians. God's blessings be with you all.

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  93. I believe in you the Duggar family. I wish that people would just leave it alone. God is forgiving. Is it true what I am reading that I won't get to see your special family on tv anymore.

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  94. You know it was probably his sisters he hurt. It makes sense now how all the girls and boys live in giant rooms with all the girls in one and all the boys in another. Safety in numbers and it's easier keeping tabs on eachother. And I believe the boys have their own bathrooms and the girls have their own. It's sad but this actually happens more often then not in families. I still love them and support them (Josh I'm mad at, but happy he turned his life around) maybe more now then before. Michelle and Jim Bob are wonderful Godly people and I love the way they handled this. May God continue to be by their side.

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  95. omg! his sisters !, sweet baby jesus help those girls and forgive the stupidity of a young boy , so sad; god forgives ; people not so easily prayers for anna and josh it will be hard for josh to get a public job with this knowledge out

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  96. I know this is a very sad time for you and this will test your faith in God.I am not a judge, only God can do that. Every family goes through challenges. But yours have become public which makes it so much harder. I really don't understand why someone would dig through a minor's records and publish them. The world would be surprised to see how many siblings have experimented with each other. I'm not condoning this but it happens to be a very common thing. I will pray for your family. You may lose your show, even lose the ways you have been making money, be deserted by family, friends and others in the world but please know that there are many people who will be praying for your family.

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  97. Josh, Anna, JimBob, Michelle and family....I can imagine that this feels like the worst thing that could ever happen, but I'm sure you know...this too will pass! God will get you all through this and use it for good! Your fellow Christian friends, family and fans are with you in prayer and our thoughts. Your family is an inspiration to many, and those who love you will stay by your side! God bless you!

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  98. Prayers being said. May God's grace, mercy and healing be upon all involved.

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  99. first off I feel people will make too much of this, it was a teenage boy with raging hormones and lived in a house where his parents were too open in their sexual attraction to each other mom was popping a new kid out every year.this is going to ruin his life there were ways to handle this without his dad turning him into the police. I have never really cared much for josh but I feel sorry for him in this

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  100. This is sad all around.

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  101. We were shocked to hear of this for we have been following the family for many years. We know that God has forgiven and therefore so do we. It is our earnest prayer that others will forgive as well. Go's loves you guys and so do weď

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  102. we all make mistakes when we are young it shouldn't ruin our lives as adults I love the show and I won't quit watching because josh made a human mistake i'm sure he is not the same person he was as a young boy

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  103. Its good to see {and hear} that Josh and his family realised what had happened, acknowledge their mistakes, forgave, and moved on. And helped those in the situation {with counselling}. With the love of each other and God anything is possible, and they are so true...no one is perfect but admitting to mistakes and working towards fixing it is the only way. I love watching 19 kids and counting {on youtube} and I admire this amazing family.
    Hope Josh and his family can move forward - with love and with the help of God xx

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  104. The Duggar T.V show has been one of the very few descent shows on T.V that I felt we could sit down together as a family and watch. My girls and I have been watching the show for years now, and it has been one of our favorites.....but I must say I feel so shocked by the whole Josh Duggar confession, that I can't help but feel deceived, and it makes me question, every thing that I believed to be true about them, the whole thing is just so disappointing and sad to me.

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  105. Pray for your family especially Josh. The grace of God is always sufficient, May God help you all through this difficult time. Josh God might be enabling you for the future you can help those face the same challenge in life.

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  106. God is forgiving. To the Duggar family I love you. Is it true that the show is cancelled. I hope not. I love to watch the family growing. This will pass. I am behind Team Duggar

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  107. We r none perfect,I feel bad because I know people r and have been looking for any dirt they could possibly find on any one of you and now they will have a field day with this,but you r favored and blessed,not to mention a class act.

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  108. But what was it that he had done!?

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  109. I am so sorry this revelation of Josh had to happen. I am worried now what is to happen to he and his family especially since Anna is due soon. We all have had problems in our pasts and I hope that people will remember that he who is without sin, cast the first stone. I am sending thoughts of hugs (side ones) to all of you and I pray that God will bring some good out of this situation and take care of Josh and his family. Your sister in Christ, Joyce Anglin Miller.

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  110. It is unfortunate that something has come out from a teenagers life over 12 years ago. He and his parents did the right thing in seeking counseling , apologizing to the people it affected, was open to his future wife and parents years before they were married. Honestly, I don't think it was necessary to give up your job. I pray for you and your family during this challenging time.

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  111. Everyone deserves a second chance. It appears to me this family handled the situation in an appropriate manner. Josh has become a better person now. God is forgiving .

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  112. everyone makes mistakes..we are not the judges of anyone....that is GODS job..i watch you all all the time...i love the way michelle and jim bob have brought up the children...just keep the faith..forget the naysayers..in my eyes you all are the greatest example of family and what god would want his ppl to be like

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  113. wow I am soo shocked! Cant believe it.. and all the media is only doing is adding fuel to the fire. Only Josh and the victims know the full truth and the full extent of the damage done. How is it that it took 12 yrs to bring this shocking story out in public. For sure this has ruined his career. No one is perfect and has not sinned but when you are in the spotlight like the duggars are, this can seriously affect them. I hope they stick together closer as a family and not let the media or outside opinion influence them. I hope the family can get through this and every one affected is at peace and has resolved this serious issue after 12yrs.

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  114. Your family is a blessing to so many. It is obvious that your family, and Josh, in particular took every step to rectify the inappropriate behavior, and through God's grace, he has shown, and proved that he was truly repentful. A wrong action, at age 15, should not erase all of how God has used him since. I have met Anna & her family, here in Interlachen, Fl, and my Son and his family have camped along side, and attended the ATI conferences, and have always told me, that they are just the way that they appear to be. God bless your family, and I pray that the only perfect person that ever lived, is Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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  115. I just hope the girls got good counseling. To have to live in the same house as their abuser and pray that it never happens again must have been very traumatizing for the girls. While Josh was a young kid, at 14 he should have known that it was wrong to touch someone without permission. I pray the girls heal and move on, especially having to deal with this in the public eye. This is very disappointing to hear.

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  116. Concerned AttorneyMay 21, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    The thing that has not been addressed here are the victims...how did everyone "lovingly come alongside" them? In this type of situation just asking for forgiveness is insufficient---the victims are the ones who needed (still need?) help---even more so than Josh. Further, from reading the report it unquestionably appears that some of the victims were the Duggar girls---what help was given to them?

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  117. God gives us beauty for ashes. The world jumps on our mistakes but they fail to see that's how His love and forgiveness works.

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  118. Whatever happened 12 years ago, happened prior to the Duggar's being on television. I commend Josh for realizing he did wrong, for turning to his parents, for going to the authorities and getting the help he needed. He didn't have to tell Anna or her parents, but he did knowing that he may never see Anna again.
    I pray that the media and fans of the Duggar's will not pry and realize that we all have made bad choices.

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  119. Want to say that my wife and I enjoy the show and love learning more about your family, we want to send our thoughts and prayers to you all with the news about what's come out recently. We know that people are bashing you all left and right about this, but we want to say that we support you all, and that we believe that God has forgiven Josh for what happened and that he's working in his life and continuing to work in his life. We understand that people are trying to give you all a black eye about this, but we support you all.

    God Bless.

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  120. I think this goes to show that this could happen to anyone or anyone could do this but I'm glad that he regrets his actions owns them and tried to make ammends

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  121. I am not the same person I was when I was 14-18 years old. I made mistakes. I was arrested for 2 armed robberies at age 18...which I didn't do but was arrested along with real robbers........still...it was a huge mistake that I had to face and deal with. Keep your head up. I am not a Christian or religious but it is NOT my place to judge anyone. Was it horrific for all involved? Yes of course. Is it excusable? No of course not. Has everyone involved, including the victims, gotten help and moved forward? I hope so. You cannot go backwards to change anything but you can hold your head high and move forward the best you can.

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  122. Jesus said, "Those without sin cast the first stone."
    You have my support and prayers y'all.
    You are a new creation. Your sins are gone and the person Josh is, is exactly who God has you to be. Through your humility you have shown a great light to me. God has forgiven you and that's all that matters! "For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?" You will be persecuted but don't worry He has overcome the world! God's coming back! :)

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  123. God Bless you Josh!! God will be there thru the dark times!! No weapon formed against us shall prosper!! In Christ Love, Shari

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  124. God Bless You all. Judge Not lest ye be Judged..

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  125. I do NOT believe that this kind of behavior is acceptable at ANY age. Being a teenager is NO excuse for this behavior. It took great strength for the parents to turn their son in, but I do think their son is severely ill. I hope his wife watches him closely with their children.

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  126. God Bless you all.

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  127. I think this is something that the family and God to deal with. I don't think it is the worlds place to judge. I love this family and stand by them. God bless you all.

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  128. I feel bad for the family. The media loves a chance to jump all over this family and especially with Josh and his job. This just sounds so unfortunate for all involved and it shocking considering this family and everything they stand for.

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  129. I'm really disappointed i Josh and glad his parents made him acknowledge his wrong doings. I hope people will still watch the show and have their teenagers learn when not to do.

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  130. Thank you for being honest and open. We all make mistakes and thank God for his grace and mercy in our lives.

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  131. I was very saddened to hear about this, but also so glad that Josh and his family took the right steps to correct his grave mistakes. Josh is genuinely repentant, and has done everything within his power to make things right with the people he offended and with God. Obviously he is a different man now. Praise the Lord that God is merciful and forgiving! I hope that through Josh's story, perhaps some will be encouraged that God can forgive their sins too, no matter how big.
    I've been praying for their family since hearing this news.

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  132. Everyone makes mistakes...we're only human. The important thing is that we learn from those mistakes. Who are we to judge...
    Jim Bob and Michelle, you are truly an example to follow. You stood by your son in what was a very difficult and dark time. As a parent, I can only imagine the heartache you went through but I believe that you did what was right. I am happy to read that you arranged counseling for all involved.
    I do not minimize what was done because I went through something similar when I was a child. I sincerely believe that you've helped you son regain the right path as well as helping his victims.
    May God bless you all .
    Francoise, Montreal, Canada

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  133. Praying that the tv show (TLC) doesn't back out of producing the show! This is terrible! I don't even get cable, but I don't want the show to stop showing!!

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  134. Praying for the family about the whole situation......I have a lot of questions......but I will give them to God.

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  135. Dear Duggar Family, Wow, I am just heartbroken for you. I know you are receiving so many negative comments and accusations. I just wanted to let you know that I am praying for you and your family.

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  136. I am so sad about this story. Sad for their family to have gone through this in the first place, sad that they are having to relive it now, and sad at the hate, bitterness and vulgarity that so many have been spewing in response to this story. Selfishly, I hope that TLC will contain to air this family whom I have grown to love, although I know it's possible that being in the spotlight so much may not be in their best interests. Most of all, I pray that good will somehow come out of this, whether it's through helping other families who have gone through this situation, or raising awareness to parents that this can happen in any family. None of us is above doing the wrong thing. May God grant comfort, healing, and direction to their family.

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  137. Joshua, I am glad you came forward and apologized. I am glad you got the help you needed. I always loved the duggars and people makes mistakes. I will continue watching 19 kids and counting. there are people out there that done wrong and won't admit it. I am glad your family is so forgiving.

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  138. God is a forgiving God! The past is the past and society doesn't need to judge in the first place. The only one that can judge is God!

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  139. Josh, if your reading this. As sorry as I am for the girls involved, I am just as sorry for you. I pray that Gid uses this situation to show himself strong in grace and mercy. Just before I came to know The Lord I was in a relationship with another girl for 4 years. Though the world views this as ok, you know and I know, that in the sight of The Lord both of what we have done is sin. Through it I have come to know the love and grace of God very intimately and in a very personal way. I'm so sorry that because of who you are you are going to face judgments and you have already suffered by the loss of your job. All I can say is I still absolutely love your family, the whole time you have been the first to say you are not a perfect family and want others to see Jesus not you. You have a testimony to share so use it to shine the light of Jesus. Have courage good and faithful servant.

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  140. Do not understand the legalities of all of this since he was 17 and underage at he time. I am sad that he had to resign from he Washington job. Would have been different if he were 18 when this all happened, so I guess that is something to be thankful for. As a mother, I would worry about his future career direction and his family. Sending prayers.

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  141. But for the grace of God go I.
    Josh has so changed into a man of God over the years and in my eyes a genuine faith. He knew that this skeleton may be taken out the cupboad when going to work for FRC but he courageously grasped the opportunity knowing the cost.
    His behaviour was clearly wrong and not
    excusable full stop. Yet children & teens, Josh being a young 15yr old, are often
    curious & act especially if unhappy or bored
    or unsettled - I think it was around the
    time of building their new home??
    There's no winners in this situation sadly and I feel for Josh & family, the vilitrol aimed at him, the duggar girls and J-B & Michelle. Yet,
    I pray they will be able to walk that higher calling of Gods grace again, that shines so evidently in their daily lives & encourages me.



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  142. I am so sorry, that we have a society that includes bullying people who call themselves "Christian" yet attack your characters and others on tv. It's sad, because God forgives you, no one should hold it against you. The attacks, aren't warranted. Josh, asked forgiveness, then the Lord into his heart. If GOD be for us, who can stand against us! None!!!! Love y'all! Prayers!!! God bless you.

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  143. My hope is that hearts needing redemption will learn that it is available to them. God can heal many through the confession of a repentant child. God Bless!

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  144. So the story has grown to now include his sister. I am at this moment watching the show on Tlc, snd find myself looking at them differently. Which makes me sad, I have watched them since the beginning. Prayers for all. With a family of soon to 6 hope he is able to find a job.

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  145. Praying for all involved.

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  146. I am a survivor of being molested as a child. I was ignored when I told my mother and neither me or the teenage boys that molested me ever received any type of help. To this day I still have nightmares about it.
    Josh your parents and God saved you! Always be thankful for that and I praise your parents for not only helping you but the victims as well. You have a wonderful family and my 5 children and I watch every episode of your show. We will continue to watch every upcoming episode as well. You have helped me with my parenting skills so much and have touched my heart with Gods words. I only pray that TLC doesn't cancel your show because you have touched so many lives.
    I can only imagine whom found out this information and decided to use it against you not caring about the victims and you Josh. Don't give up on your gospel and ministry! Don't let negative bring you down.

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  147. I believe Josh is truly sorry and this incident is not the business of the public. It belongs to only the people it directly effects. True Christians will not judge him and will honor his apology. He will live with this mistake he does not need our judgments falling on him.

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  148. No one can stand in judgment of Josh. Teens try things. Even wrong things. He wasn't arrested.The authorities were notified. As were others involved. And they went through counseling. Prayers to all involved.

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  149. Praying for the Duggar family!

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  150. Very disappointing and sad. I hope the sisters he molested will get the help the need. Anna, keep your dtr. away from him.

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  151. I'm so proud of your family and Josh and Anna. God has already forgiven and that's what's most important. He has a perfect plan and is using you all to reach so many people. You have no idea how many people may be healed and find forgiveness due to this. We serve a Loving and Forgiving God! Prayers for you all!

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  152. I am shocked and saddened to learn of this, but my opinion of Josh Duggar is still the same. These things happened when Josh was still a child himself. Fortunately, God and Josh's family intervened and got him the help he needed and put him back firmly on the right path. We live in a fallen world and we are all sinners, but our loving and merciful God has redeemed us. God didn't condemn us, and we should not condemn one another. I think Josh is a good, hardworking man who loves his family and leads a godly life. Let's leave the past behind and move forward in confidence and compassion for eachother.

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  153. Praying for you Josh and for your family! I know you are not perfect...I am not either! I committed a terrible sin against my husband and with his help and the love and mercy of Jesus Christ, I have not ever done what I did since then. I believe you and your family will come through this even stronger. Whether your show will continue is yet to be seen...I for one will be sad to see it go but with our mistakes we must face the consequences when everyone else finds out about it! I think you all are a great and loving family and with their support you and Anna will get through this. God Bless!

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  154. Come on give the man a break and accept his apology

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  155. My prayers are with you during this difficult time. Only God is perfect. All families and individuals have dark secrets. I pray for peace and comfort while you weather these difficult times. I also pray for those affected by the mistakes made. Peace for all.

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  156. shocked Praying for them. I looked up to them

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  157. So sorry for this difficult time for your family. Prayers!

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  158. Yes--we as Christians understand that we are NOT perfect...Josh is human and he messed up.. I am very proud of him right now... God has blessed Josh with His grace and he is right with God..That is what matters...To the haters who will probably raise their ugly comments--I say stop.. God speed Josh and keep listening to His word. :)

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  159. So sorry that your family is having a difficult time. Prayers.

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  160. No judging, here. We are all sinners and have fallen short of the Glory of God. Thank you for being honest. The Lord will work His Will through you and this situation.

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  161. "He knows the path that I take. When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold." Job 23:10 (refined--but it has to go through the fire first) Stay strong and transparent. God bless your efforts!

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  162. Forgiven! We have all made mistakes and sinned in our past. He has turned from his sin and sought forgiveness. We are not our past sins. We all loved by a merciful God.

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  163. It's in the past! No one lives in the past. He accepted what he had done was wrong and learned from his mistakes. It takes alot of courage to admit your wrong doings. God forgives you Josh Duggar! You are a good man! Stay strong and keep the faith!

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  164. None of us are perfect. From what I am reading, I believe the Duggars handled this the best way possible. It also sounds as though Josh made up for his sins. God Bless the Duggar Family!!

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  165. If it happen 12 years ago and has not happen again then why is this coming up now? I think people are blowing something up that has been dealt with already and shouldn't be rehashed as long as it is still not a problem. No one is perfect and as long as you never let it happen again then people need to put a lid on it. Love the Duggars and hope this doesn't effect their show on TLC.

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  166. I'm not sure if my last comment went through. Sorry! Just want you all to know I'm praying for you & praying that this can all be an opportunity to share the Lord with more people, not a time where Satan can use it.

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  167. Praying for Josh, Anna and entire Duggar family. None of us are without fault. But we serve an almighty God who loves us and forgives us. What a great testimony of God's redeeming grace. God bless the Duggar family for standing firm in their faith!!

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  168. Perhaps the details of the offense would change my mind, but I doubt it. The difference between Josh Duggar and 99.9% of the rest of us is that he is in the public eye, which makes him a tasty morsel for unprofessional media hounds who dig up dirt on celebrities rather than report noteworthy stories. I certainly am thankful that nobody is interested in digging up the details of my sins from my teenage years or twenties or thirties or forties or fifties. The interesting thing is that the Bible tells us that once we confess sin, God completely forgets them, and yet some people drool over the chance to dig up the dirt. What a sad world.

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  169. Interesting that the People article stated he was accused of being a child molester, was he in fact also not underage, yes. So, the girls were children and he was not? I agree he should have resigned his position but it just shows you how actions even at a young age can live with you forever. Stop talking to the press, lead a quiet life and make it your goal to go and "make disciples of all nations" . You have a beautiful family, apparently God has forgiven you!

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  170. Everyone makes mistakes Josh. If God can forgive you then people should too! Im sorry that your family is having to deal with this so many years later just know that you do have support out there. I love your family so much and look up to yall! Yall's faith is inspiring!!♡♡

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  171. Your family is amazing. No one should be judged by what they did as a teenager. Our prayers are with your family as this will blow up in the media.

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  172. I am glad Josh has repented...but the fact is it did happen and hopefully the sisters have not just received "wash it under the rug" counseling...that they are seen as the true victims and that they shouldn't be made to feel ashamed if they ever need additional counseling or therapy. I pray that each girl is seen as valuable...just as she is to God.

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  173. God is a very loving, and forgiving god, and because Josh truely repented of his sins, we should be willing to accept his forgiveness and move on. None of us are perfect, nor are we exempt from making mistakes in this life. The life of a christian, is the life of repentance. We will always have something in our life that we will have ask forgiveness for. Thank the lord Jesus died on the cross for my sins and I know as his child whenever I make a mistake he is always there ready and willing to forgive me.

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  174. Laura Cappetto MossMay 21, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    We all make mistakes .GOD Bless you Josh and your beautiful Family! We love you and will continue too! We are so Blessed as we watch your family. And the rest of your Amazing Family ! much love too you all. Agape <3. Alway Laura Cappetto Moss.

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  175. Praying for your family!! Your response to everything was such a wonderful reminder. We all fall short but we are all offered grace! Thank you for being wonderful examples of Jesus' love to the world in the good times and the bad.

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  176. Good for you parents sticking by your son,through all this. Lots of parents wouldn't, prayers for you all.

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  177. Linda S. ThompsonMay 21, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    My heart is with you Josh and family, just remember God is with us always and forgives us when others don't. Keep your head held high and bask in your family's love.

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  178. I am a social worker in the state of Georgia and I work with the Division of Family and Children Services. I commend you for taking responsibility for your actions. I do not agree with the others that Josh should be prosecuted. You as parents did what others probably would not have done...you reported it to the authorities instead of trying to keep it a secret. You sought help for Josh and the victims involved. I do not know what your laws are in Arkansas nor do I know what the ages of the victims were at the time. In GA, this could have been viewed as "child on child" and the only thing we can really do is make sure that the victim and the maltreater receives counseling. I am a Christian and I will be praying for Josh, Anna, their children, and the entire family. I have just recently started watching your show and have it recorded so that I can go back and catch previous episodes.

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  179. Wow, I didn't know. Disappointing.

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  180. All of Gods children have made some small or very large mistakes in their lives. He was. A young kid. God for gives all. Its done it should be behind him. Let him live is life. Those without sin cast the first stone. Hold your head high Josh. Remember God gives us no more than we can handle. Bless you and your family.

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  181. I will be praying for your family.

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  182. My family and I are sending our love and prayers for your family and everyone involved. I'm so sorry that this is being brought to the surface again. Many people have done things that we would change if we could. I'm thankful for the sweet blood of Jesus Christ that all can be healed and forgiven of our sins.
    May you feel God's love during this time.

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  183. I'm praying for your family! ! ! !

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  184. did the sisters receive counseling?? why wasnt cps involved and remove the children, Josh should have had to register as a sex offender, 15 is not a child himself, letting him stay or come back in the house is not protecting the children, how did they feel..I liked the show, now i"m not so sure..sorry

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  185. Josh you and your Family have my Love and Support. Thank you for giving Millions of people an example of faith, values,, example,prayer,parenting,love, and being a Great Family. Don't feel touched by hateful, mean response of the people. Those without sin throw the first stone.God Loves you and so do I.

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  186. As a victim of child molestation from age 5-11, I am upset/sad/confused, but I cant help but realize that I was violated by an adult family member. An adult that knew the repercussions of their actions. Josh was a 14 yr old child and therefore curious, hormonal and immature. This doesnt change the discomfort that he put his victims through, but it has to be realized by his victims and all others, that he was a kid. Unknowing of the repercussions, feelings, regret, embarrassment, etc. that this would cause. He was just a boy fulfilling fantasies, but at the expense of innocent little girls and I dont ignore that or brush it off. But I cant help but continue to reel back to "He was a dumb, experimental, little boy". I am so heartbroken to know that anyone fell victim to any violation of trust, love, touch, etc in their childhood, it broke me in so many ways, but now that this has come out and its understood that he was a child, I think it more important to know and hear how his victims feel. How they genuinely are dealing with this and how they respond(ed) to the requested forgiveness that Josh asked for. That is what matters now, not that Josh fell in to the path of negative curiosity and immaturity as a little boy learning his way. I pray pray pray that the girls involved, are genuinely free of the hurt, ick and pain in their minds and hearts and are all ok from this. Please let us hear (even if anonymously) of how they are doing. Josh has admitted his actions back then, to those that mattered at the time, and now that its been brought out, to the world. Move on to how the girls are doing and then be done with this. None of us want all our skeletons to fall out of the closet, so I dont blame everyone for trying to keep it private. I am sorry to you all that it has left your circle and is out in the world. I know you have chosen a public life, but it still makes my heart hurt for you that it was a child misbehavior in a very bad way and would have been easier kept in the family. Be strong, keep your heads up and be honest with the girls that were effected and worry about their feelings and thoughts. No one else's. Some times, what others think, cannot matter or it will hurt too long, too hard. -Devoted fan to real families sharing the real times in a real life. <3

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  187. I don't think josh should be asking for forgiveness from god but from those girls he hurt and took there innocents from. He broke there trust as a big brother. It is a very hard thing to forgive and forget someone you look up to when they break that trust and bond.

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  188. Do you know if they will cancel the show?

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  189. Forgiveness! Spiritual growth! Honesty! Prayers going up for you and your family to receive all of the above. And for all others I pray have done the same. For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of the Lord ! JESUS Christ died for all our sins.

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  190. So sad ppl enjoy destroying other ppl creditabily. Praying for their family. Yes he did wrong but its under the blood of Jesus. Ppl can change thats why Jesus came to save the sinner.

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  191. Frankly, makes me feel rather sick....
    I have loved this family and have learned so much from them.... Now I feel pretty sad, gross, and lied to. I feel most sorry for the girls that were abused as this is now national media and it is a form of re-victimization.
    I wonder if TLC will cancel the show now.

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