There is no exception. The heart, whether male or female, is wicked. God does not rank sin on a hierarchical ladder. Humans do, but God doesn’t. James 4:17 clearly states, “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” Based on James’s definition, I sin countless times a day. I curse, I worry, I am unkind, I gossip, and the list goes on. Whether you and I admit it or not, God knows. He is able to search our hearts and examine our minds because He MADE us.
Dictionary.com defines “normal” as follows: conforming to the standard or the common type; usual; not abnormal; regular; natural. Based on the above information, I feel confident in surmising that Josh Duggar is normal. Yes, Josh Duggar is normal, just like you and I are. Before we accepted Christ, we all conformed to the standard or common type–the SINFUL type. Psalm 14:1 has this to say about people pre-salvation: “Only fools say in their hearts, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good!”
What Josh Duggar did is unpardonable except by the blood of Jesus Christ. This means that you and I don’t have the capacity barring the grace of God to extend mercy towards him after such repugnance emerges. But God does what God wants. And he made a way for even molesters to be reconciled to Him. What’s more is that God turns what the enemy intends for evil into something GOOD (Genesis 50:20).
Even after we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, we are still capable of sinning. The difference post-salvation is that because you and I are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17), there is now no condemnation (Romans 8:1). Surely David is not alone in his fervent and contrite prayer to God, begging Him to “create in [him] a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within [him].” Later on in this same Psalm 51*, David recognizes God’s mercy, saying, “[His] sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart [He], God, will not despise.” You see, God examines the heart not the outward appearance (1 Samuel 16:7). What you and I see is only part of what God sees. God knit us in our mothers’ wombs (Psalm 139:13). Surely He knows us from the inside out. Our frame CANNOT be hidden from Him (Psalm 139:15).
According to the Duggar Family Official Facebook page, Josh Duggar has said regarding the molestation allegations: “I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life. ” As Romans 10:10 reiterates, “For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” Because you and I cannot possibly examine Josh Duggar’s heart as that is God’s job (Jeremiah 17:10), we are to rightly assume that his statement means he has accepted Jesus Christ as his savior. “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).” You may say, “But, wait, that’s not fair!” You’re right! It’s not. That’s the point. “But God showed his great love for [all of] us by sending Christ to die for [all of] us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8).”
*David penned this Psalm after committing adultery with Bathsheba.