Jessa Duggar Seewald may not be defending Josh Duggar anymore. The former stars of “19 Kids and Counting” appeared to be united in standing behind the eldest brother this summer, but Jessa Seewald seems to no longer be defending him. She shared a blog post through Facebook and Twitter that called Josh a “hypocritical Christian” and “a pretender.”
— Jessa Seewald (@JessaSeewald) September 1, 2015
Jessa’s post was retweeted by her husband Ben Seewald, as People noted. The post itself was written by Michael Seewald, Ben’s father. In the entry, he slams Josh Duggar for preaching Christian values while he was looking at pornography and attempting to have an affair via the Ashley Madison website.
“Josh was a pretender,” Michael Seewald wrote. “True Christians fail often, but their lives are truly being conformed to the image of Christ. Do not look at Josh and justify your own sins by dismissing the reality of genuine faith and a holy God. When you stand before God, you will not be compared to hypocritical Christians.”
Josh Duggar admitted his struggles before reportedly entering rehab Aug. 26. “I have been the biggest hypocrite ever,” he said in a statement. “While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the Internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife.”
Before sharing the blog post, Ben and Jessa Seewald posted on social media Monday a sermon that talked about adultery. Their decision to post the adultery-themed sermon appeared to be pointed at the porn-addicted reality-television star’s latest scandal.
During Josh Duggar’s earlier scandal centered on the revelations that he had molested several young girls while he was a teenager, Jessa Seewald defended him. “I do want to speak up in his defense against people who are calling him a child molester or a pedophile or a rapist ... I’m like, that is so overboard and a lie really,” she told “The Kelly File” (via Fox News) in June.
Jessa Seewald is the only Duggar to share a post that harshly criticizes Josh, but other family members have expressed their disappointment. His parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, addressed his choices in a statement when he went into rehab. “He has also brought great insult to the values and faith we hold dear,” they wrote.
Sister Jill Duggar Dillard also vaguely hinted that the issue was taking a toll on the family in her own blog. “[August] has ended on a sad note for my extended family. Please do pray for our family,” she shared Monday.