Please keep the Duggar family in your prayers during this time. Based on more than 200 episodes of the Duggars' reality TV show, the positive impact the family has made on millions of people across the globe, and the statements that PEOPLE released last night (see our previous blog post), as well as our own personal interactions with the family, it is clear that Josh Duggar sought forgiveness and guidance years ago and is now following God.
News about the incidents involving Josh, which occurred 12 years ago, was communicated to the public by a media outlet, who had obtained police reports from the Springdale Police Department, this week. When other news organizations requested the same reports, the Springdale Police Department stated that the records had since been expunged. Because of the nature of the incident, the reports should not have been released by the Springdale Police Department.
In his resignation letter to Family Research Council, Josh Duggar expressed deep regret that recent media reports about a dark time during his young teenage years have brought negative attention to the organization.
FRC Action's mission to fortify the traditional foundations of civil society is more important now than ever before, and I'm heartbroken that any attention has been diverted from these noble causes to my wrong actions as a young teenager. I am so thankful for God's grace, forgiveness and redemptive heart that allowed me to transform into a man of faith and testimony. In good faith I cannot allow Family Research Council to be impacted by mistakes I made as a teenager, so I am resigning as Executive Director of FRC Action.
Josh also requested prayer for himself and Anna as they seek to "discover the next chapter of [their] lives." (More on PEOPLE.com)
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