Jinger Duggar now supports two of her family’s most forbidden activities as she slams parents’ ‘cult-like’ lifestyle

JINGER Duggar has come clean about various lifestyle changes as she accepts some of her parent’s forbidden activities in her new life.

The Counting On star has opted for more modern Christianity and drifted from dad Jim Bob and mom Michelle’s traditionalist beliefs.

Jinger now supports drinking and birth control circumstantially

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Jinger now supports drinking and birth control circumstantiallyCredit: Instagram/ Jinger Duggar
Her parents denounced both topics throughout her childhood

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Her parents denounced both topics throughout her childhoodCredit: Social Media – Refer to source

Now Jinger, 29, admitted that she has changed her mind about alcohol and birth control, two extremely controversial topics in her parent’s church.

In an interview with People, the reality star explained: “The Bible is very clear about drinking and it simply says that alcohol is not a sin.

“And Jesus made wine at a wedding. But also, it does say that drunkenness is wrong and its harmful to so many people and I see that balance.

“I personally don’t drink, but I don’t have a problem with other Christians, it’s their liberty to drink if they so choose.”

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Jinger then addressed her beliefs regarding birth control specifically, a concept formally rejected by her fundamentalist family.

“And birth control, that’s something that I always thought was totally wrong and I just no longer see it as that.

“Yeah, I definitely have changed,” she claimed.

SHOCKING CONFESSIONS

In Jinger’s scathing new interview, she slammed her “cult-like” upbringing with her parents Jim Bob and Michelle.

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The Counting On alum said she suffered from “crippling anxiety” due to her “damaging” and “harmful” childhood.

Jinger opened up about being raised in a strictly religious household in a chat with PEOPLE magazine.

The TLC alum and her 18 siblings were raised to follow the Institute in Basic Life Principles, a Christian organization established by disgraced minister Bill Gothard in 1961.

It teaches women to be subservient to their husbands, to cover their bodies, and focus on having children.

The Duggars try to implement a conservative dress code, discourage birth control use, and urge the use of parental chaperones while they go on dates prior to being married. 

The children were homeschooled and grew up with strict access to entertainment and television.

“Fear was a huge part of my childhood,” Jinger said.

“I thought I had to wear only skirts and dresses to please God. Music with drums, places I went, or the wrong friendships could all bring harm.”

She went on: “[Bill’s] teachings, in a nutshell, are based on fear and superstition and leave you in a place where you feel like, ‘I don’t know what God expects of me.’

“The fear kept me crippled with anxiety. I was terrified of the outside world.”

Jinger walked away from IBLP in 2017 and compared the organization to a “cult.”

“There are a lot of cult-like tendencies,” the 19 Kids & Counting alum said.

“The teaching I grew up under was harmful, it was damaging, and there are lasting effects.

“I know other people are struggling and people who are still stuck.”

MOVING FORWARD

Jinger’s interview comes after she wrote a tell-all book called Becoming Free Indeed, which recounts how she “began to question the unhealthy ideology of her youth.”

While the reality star has broken away from IBLP, her parents Jim Bob and Michelle have spoken at IBLP seminars and continue to follow its teachings.

The founder Bill, 88, led the church until 2014 when more than 30 women accused him of sexual harassment and molestation over a period of decades.

MODERN CHRISTIANS

Jinger and her husband Jeremy Vuolo have distanced themselves from the Duggars in recent years.

The couple moved away from the family compound in Arkansas to Los Angeles, where they live with their two children: Felicity, four, and Evie, two.

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Jinger often flouts her family’s conservative dress code by wearing tight pants and showing her legs and shoulders.

Jinger slammed Jim Bob and Michelle's parenting methods as 'harmful'

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Jinger slammed Jim Bob and Michelle’s parenting methods as ‘harmful’Credit: Getty
She and her husband Jeremy have chosen a different path for their daughters

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She and her husband Jeremy have chosen a different path for their daughtersCredit: Instagram / Jinger Duggar
The couple left the IBLP church in 2017

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The couple left the IBLP church in 2017Credit: Instagram/jingervuolo

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