Vision Forum Ministries closed on Monday, not long after its president Doug Phillips announced his resignation following an extramarital affair.
The Atlantic Wire reports that Doug Phillips is an extremely influential leader in the “Biblical Patriarchy” movement, a wing of conservative evangelical Christianity that believes men should have “dominion” over women. Phillips and his organization, Vision Forum, are enormously active in a cluster of related ministries, including the Christian homeschooling movement. The group also advocates against access to birth control and abortion.
Phillips posted a letter on the Vision Forum Ministries website last month, confessing to a “lengthy” extramarital affair and resigning from the organization. He promised to stay away from speaking engagements and public appearances as a representative of the organization while he sought forgiveness, but clearly the organization didn’t feel it could move forward.
A statement on the Vision Forum Ministries website about the closing reads as follows:
In light of the serious sins which have resulted in Doug Phillips’s resignation from Vision Forum Ministries, the Board of Directors has determined that it is in the best interests of all involved to discontinue operations. We have stopped receiving donations, and are working through the logistical matters associated with the closing of the ministry. While we believe as strongly as ever in the message of the ministry to the Christian family, we are grieved to find it necessary to make this decision. We believe this to be the best option for the healing of all involved and the only course of action under the circumstances.
Recently, the Huffington Post reported that Phillips is a leader among conservative Christians who reject birth control and believe that large families are a sign of God’s blessings, as seen in his friends Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s family on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting.” He preaches a message of “biblical patriarchy,” in which a man is called to “rule over his household” and “the God-ordained and proper sphere of dominion for a wife is the household.”