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Jim Bob Duggar vs. Ben Seewald Feud: Worse Than We Thought?!

For several months now, we’ve been hearing rumors about an ongoing feud Jim Bob Duggar and his son-in-law Ben Seewald.

The cause of the discord is said to be a number of differing views regarding religious doctrine that would no doubt seem minor to anyone not deeply involved with the particular sect of baptism that shapes every aspect of the Duggars’ worldview.

But for Jim Bob and Ben what’s at stake is no less than the immortal souls, as well as the fates of Ben and Jessa’s two children.

Some of the disagreements can be easily understood by outsiders:

Ben holds a number of “liberal” beliefs (meaning they fall to the left of Jim Bob’s far-right ethos), and the Duggar patriarch believes that by supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and refusing to condemn all gays to hell, Seewald is defying not only the teachings of the Baptist church, but the very will of God.

But apparently, what concerns Jim Bob even more is some of Ben’s more arcane beliefs, which apparently fly in the face of the central tenets of Jim Bob’s beloved Quiverfull movement.

Insiders say the biggest point of contention is Seewald’s Calvinist beliefs.

One of the more controversial teachings of Southern Baptist Calvinism is that of predestination, or the belief that one’s salvation and path through life are pre-determined.

It’s a belief that’s shared by Jinger Duggar’s husband, Jeremy Vuolo, and apparently the doctrinal differences have created a deep rift within the Duggar clan.

“Every one of the guys have married into the family have their own way of thinking,” a source close to the family told Radar.

“Their beliefs aren’t always going to reflect every little ideal Jim Bob and Michelle embrace. There are a few differences in religious thought processes.”

The insider adds that Ben has been able to maintain close ties with most of his in-laws despite some major ideological differences–but it hasn’t always been easy.

“Overall he’s close to the family,” the insider continued.

“Most everyone tries to agree to overlook things that aren’t in alignment with their thinking. If there’s something that comes out they tend to work it out quickly.”

That said, Ben isn’t the only son-in-law with whom Jim Bob is currently locking horns.

It seems certain revelations about Joy-Anna Duggar’s husband, Austin Forsyth, recently came to light and Jim Bob is not pleased with what he’s learned:

“There has been a lot of talk about the character of her new husband Austin,” a source told Radar in September. “He was more of a rebel child.”

The situation has reportedly led to a generational feud that shows no signs of being resolved any time soon.

“There’s a lot of outrage between increasingly divided factions,” says one insider.

Thus far, Jim Bob has been able to maintain the outward appearance of civility.

But those familiar with the situation say it’s a veritable powder keg that’s liable erupt any day now.

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV’s most controversial family.

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Jim Bob Duggar: Richer Than Ever, Still Feuding With Ben Seewald

How’s your 2018 going so far?

From a financial standpoint, you’re probably not starting the year as strongly as Jim Bob Duggar, but at the same time you’re not responsible for dozens of increasingly scandal-prone children and in-laws, so you’ve got that going for you … which is nice.

Yes, despite Jim Bob’s “high-class” hoarding and near financial collapse, it seems the Duggar patriarch is once again living high on the hog.

A new report from The Richest has Jim Bob’s net worth at roughly $ 3.6 million.

That’s not as much cash as it may sound like, due to the aforementioned wealth of mouths to feed.

But it’s also much better than Jim Bob’s been doing in recent years.

As recently as early 2017, JB was said to be on the brink of bankruptcy thanks to a string of financial miscalculations and the declining popularity of his family’s once-beloved reality show.

We recently learned exactly how much the Duggars are paid for Counting On, and it’s not quite as much as you might expect.

Sources say the family pulls in $ 25,000 per episode.

It’s a lot of money for just a few days’ work, but it’d also divided roughly 47 bajillion ways.

Of course, that doesn’t mean Jim Bob is struggling. Far from it, in fact.

These days, he’s back to gloating about his wealth (just as Jesus would do) at pricey financial “seminars” hosted by his friend Jim Sammons.

JB spoke of his fondness for the debt-free life in a recent seminar, telling the assembled crowd:

“After just seeing the first session, the truths from God’s Word being taught through Mr. Sammons began to convict me of my need to ‘owe no man anything but love.’”

Obviously, most of Jim Bob’s kids and their spouses are inspired by his ability to earn, but there’s at least one member of the family who thinks the Duggar patriarch has lost his way.

We’re talking, of course, about Jessa Duggar’s husband, Ben Seewald.

Jim Bob and Ben have clashed in the past over differences in their religious views, and it seems they’re once again butting heads.

Ben reportedly doesn’t think his father-in-law’s devotion to amassing a Scrooge McDuck-like swimming pool full of gold coins is particularly godly, and it seems he’s not shy about making his feelings known.

Jim Bob needn’t worry, of course, as he has the full support of the rest of his family, particularly Jill Duggar’s husband, Derick Dillard, who’s currently unemployed, but has taken to asking fans for money online, thus keeping the greed alive for a new generation.

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV’s most controversial and eternally thirsty family.

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Jessa Duggar Wows Fans With Anniversary Letter to Ben Seewald

Hard to believe, but it’s been three full years since Jessa Duggar married Ben Seewald in front of 1,500 of their closest friends and relatives.

The Seewalds celebrated their anniversary on Wednesday, and Jessa marked the occasion with a touching open letter to the father of her two children:

“I thought we’d reached the pinnacle of our love on this day, three years ago… but since then, you’ve taken me from the mountain top up into the clouds! Darling, I love you more today than ever before,” Jessa wrote on her personal website.

Yes, she busted out the Austen-esque purple prose right from the start.

From there Jessa continued to sing Ben’s praises, but she also conceded that there have been some rough patches during their time together.

“Sure, we worked through our squabbles and disagreements, like anyone else. But because of your meekness and gentleness in the midst of trials, I always come out loving you even more,” she wrote.

Jessa being a Duggar, she devoted much of the letter to praising Ben’s piety, writing:

“When I wake in the wee hours of the morning to tend to Henry and you’re not beside me in bed, I know that you’re already up reading and studying your bible. 

“Many a time I have walked into the spare bedroom and discovered you there, kneeling beside the bed, in prayer… and it’s brought tears to my eyes.”

She added:

“I have loved our recently developing family devotions, as you lead us in prayer and reading the word. And though I laughed a bit and felt a teeny bit awkward at first, I’m now especially loving the aspect of singing together, with the boys, in family worship.”

There have been rumors of Ben butting heads with Jim Bob Duggar over religious differences, so Jessa might be subtly assuring fans that Ben is sufficiently devout and all is well on that score.

Jessa’s sense of humor shines through in her letter, and she affirms that Ben is a bit more “modern” than the other Duggar men by revealing that he’s skilled in a wide variety of household chores:

“Ok, can I brag on your cooking skills for a min? How is it that you can think up recipes off the top of your head, and they actually taste good?” Jessa writes.

“I, on the other hand, try to be a cool chef… so I substitute sour cream when we run out of milk for the pancakes. It’s dairy, right? No, that was not ok.”

Jessa concludes by praising Ben’s sense of humor and selfless devotion to making her happy:

“You’re one of the most down-to-earth and humble people I know. I love that we have fun and laugh together,” she writes.

“I love your made-up jokes and your cheesy play on words. You have me laughing out loud all the time. I genuinely love your sense of humor. 

“The list of the things I love about you is endless. I am forever being reminded of just how incredibly blessed I am to call you mine.”

Happy anniversary to these perennial fan favorites.

Here’s to many more!

Watch Counting On online to relive Ben and Jessa’s years of wedded bliss. 

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Jim Bob Duggar: Clashing With Ben Seewald, Jeremy Vuolo Over Religious Beliefs (Exclusive)

Jim Bob Duggar is almost as well known for his ultra-conservative religious views as he is for the massive brood of children he’s raised with wife Michelle.

Jim Bob’s views on issues such as birth control, women’s rights and homosexuality have earned him scorn from critics, and accounts   from insiders indicate that the Duggar children – daughters in particular – face harsh consequences for defying their father’s code of ethics.

But once Duggar women leave the nest (which occurs only after marriage), it’s their husbands who determine everything from how they dress to how they worship.

And it seems Jim Bob now wishes he’d been more selective when in helping his daughters select mates.

As we’ve reported previously, Jim Bob has butted heads with his sons-in-law over a wide variety of issues.

Jinger Duggar’s decision to begin wearing pants after marrying Jeremy Vuolo (Under Jim Bob’s rules, Duggar women are only permitted to wear florr-length skirts.) may have attracted the most attention, but it’s the more arcane doctrinal disputes that are creating the deepest divisions.

A source who formerly held close ties to several members of the Duggar family tells The Hollywood Gossip exclusively that Jim Bob is deeply upset by many of the views held by both Vuolo and Jessa Duggar’s husband, Ben Seewald.

As a result of the patriarchal structure of their home lives, these views are now being espoused by Jinger and Jessa, and our source says Jim Bob is extremely troubled by his daughter’s new beliefs.

“He’s allowed a division in the family to occur,” our source says of Jim Bob. “He knows it’s not a true doctrine.”

It seems the major point of contention is Vuolo and Seewald’s adherence to the doctrine of Calvinism, which holds that only a pre-determined “elect” is eligible for salvation.

Jim Bob’s life is centered around the conviction that salvation is available to all through the grace of God, so it’s not hard to see why he takes issue with Vuolo and Seewald’s belief in pre-destination.

Apparently, Vuolo’s rebellion against Jim Bob’s belief system did not come as a surprise, as the Texas-based minister has long preached Calvinism to his congregation.

Many now believe that Vuolo’s beliefs played a role in Jim Bob’s hesitancy to approve of Jinger and Jeremy getting engaged.

In fact, it seems Jim Bob may have only given his consent after realizing that he was no match for Jinger’s stubborn streak.

Seewald, on the other hand, was not expected to offer much resistance to Jim Bob’s views, in part due to his submissive nature and the fact that he’s beholden to the Duggars financially.

“Very quiet, reserved, but he’s a Calvinist,” says our source, adding that Jessa makes most of the major decisions in the Seewald household.

“His wife is the boss. She holds the key to everything – money, you name it.”

Seewald’s more liberal beliefs have caused him to run afoul of Jim Bob in the past, but it seems it’s only since Vuolo joined the family that Ben’s been vocal about his Calvinist views.

As a result of Ben gaining an ally, it seems the Duggars are in the midst of a power struggle worthy of Game of Thrones.

“The things you see when the cameras aren’t rolling aren’t necessarily so when the cameras are off,” our source says of the deep ideological divisions that threaten to tear the family apart.

The insider believes that Jim Bob will ultimately be triumphant in his struggle against his sons-in-law, noting that the former politician is such a force to be reckoned with in his hometown of Tontitown, Arkansas that locals have taken to calling the area “Duggarville.”

“You really have to be around these people to understand how cultish they really are,” our source says. “Everything is controlled by Jim Bob, all the money in that place is controlled by Jim Bob.”

“Jim Bob does what Jim Bob wants to do,” he adds. “Sometimes, people who have a little bit of clout just do whatever they want.”

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Jim Bob Duggar: Clashing With Ben Seewald Over Religious Beliefs?

If you know anything about Jim Bob Duggar aside from the fact that he’s very big on procreation, then you know that the father of 19 is deeply religious.

In fact, aside from the staggering size of his brood, it seems to be Jim Bob’s strict fundamentalist beliefs that attracted television producers and audiences to his unique story.

But it often seems that for every one fan who’s drawn to Jim Bob’s piety, there are 100 who are disgusted by his cultish views or who revel in pointing out his hypocrisy.

From an outsiders persective, it seems that Jim Bob rules over his household with an iron fist.

And indeed, the Duggars enforce a patriarchal system that gives Jim Bob a disturbing amount of autonomy over the lives of his wife and daughters.

But he exercises no such control over his adult sons or his daughters’ husbands, and it seems that even within the extended Duggar clan, Jim Bob’s uncompromising belief system has proven to be a source of strife and conflict.

We already knew about some of the more obvious ways in which Jim Bob’s beliefs differ from those of the men who have married into his family.

The most commonly cited example is likely the fact that Jinger Duggar is permitted to wear pants now, as her husband, Jeremy Vuolo, doesn’t share Jim Bob’s belief that women should only wear skirts.

Yes, once the Duggar girls marry, their husbands assume control of their lives, which may be why Jim Bob is taking some seemingly minor religious differences with his sons-in-law so seriously.

A source tells the The Hollywood Gossip exclusively that Jim Bob has openly disagreed with Jessa Duggar’s husband, Ben Seewald, on a number of different issues, particularly Ben’s belief in the doctrine of Calvinism.

Seewald and his family are adherents to the teachings of an Arkansas pastor named Kevin Smead, one of the nation’s formeost propnents of Southern Baptist Calvinism.

One of the more controversial teachings of Calvinism is that of predestination, or the belief that one’s salvation and path through life are pre-determined.

Ben has openly split with Jim Bob on a number of issues, such as when he publicly supported the Black Lives Matter movement, but it’s reportedly his beliefs in Calvinism and predestination that are of particular concern to Jim Bob.

Our source, a former employee of the Duggars, accuses Jim Bob of being unfaithful to his beliefs and accepting Ben’s influence over his daughter as a means of maintaining the illusion of wholesomeness and family unity that’s so essential to the Duggar brand.

“They chase they almighty dollar instead of their doctrine,” says the insider.

“When the cameras aren’t rolling, it’s a whole different life,” he adds. “It’s all about money. It’s crazy.”

The source adds that he believes fans would be shocked to see “such a division, doctrine-wise” within the Duggar family and the rift that it’s caused between generations.

Watch Counting On online to see the illusory world that the Duggars present to their legion of devoted fans.

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Jessa Duggar Pens Adorable Letter to Ben Seewald for His Birthday!

The Duggars have their problems, everybody knows that, but sometimes, every once in a while, they can actually be pretty cute.

And this weekend, one of them was darn near precious.

On Friday, Ben Seewald celebrated his 22nd birthday. Yeah, you’d think he’d be a little older, what with being married with two children, but hey, it’s the Duggars.

What can you do?

So Ben had his birthday, and to celebrate, Jessa Duggar wrote just the sweetest little letter to him and slapped it up on the family’s website.

She begins the letter by telling Ben that she’s been reminiscing about how their relationship began, and “just thinking about how blessed I am to do life with you!”

“When first I laid eyes on you,” she writes, “a dapper seventeen-year-old young man, I never could’ve dreamt of what the future held for us.”

She explains that the first time she met Ben, they were at church on Sunday morning, and their eyes just happened to meet across the pews.

“Our first conversation was slightly awkward because we both wanted to say ‘Hey!’ but we were a bit nervous,” Jessa recalls.

“You tried to break the ice. ‘Is that an iPhone?’ you questioned, pointing at the device I was fumbling around in my hands. I held up my beat-up iPhone 3 in a lime green case.”

“‘Yeah, it’s an ancient one.’ You were an android user at that point (though I’ve since converted you), so I guess that was a genuine inquiry.”

After that, their families interrupted, and their first conversation was over.

Ah, young love.

Jessa says that after that first meeting, it took three weeks for Ben to show up at the Duggar’s church again, and after that service, her brothers invited him over to the compound.

They seemed to have a good time, so Ben made the trip back once a month, and after a while, he brought up the idea of transferring schools to be closer to Jessa.

This whole time, if you can believe it, she wasn’t sure about his age, and when she found out that he was over two years younger than her, she thought “Surely he wouldn’t be interested in an older gal.”

But he was!

“Over those next few months,” Jessa says, “we talked a lot during your visits. And the more we talked, the more I started to fall for you.”

“It was as if I couldn’t help myself. I didn’t know many guys in their 30’s with the passion for Christ that you had! I was amazed by the depth of the spiritual conversations we would have. You went deep with God.”

How could a girl resist that?

They continued meeting, and between meetings, they texted. Eventually he asked her on a date, and then shortly after that, they decided to “spend forever together.”

Jessa — sweet Jessa — says that she told Ben to “buy me a ring from Claire’s,” and that she “didn’t care if it turned my finger green if it meant we could save up quicker for our future together!”

But he saved up until he could buy her a diamond, and almost a year later, he proposed in a chapel decorated with candles and rose petals.

After that, of course, they had their gorgeous wedding, then began their life together.

She makes a long list of things she loves about Ben, including the way he supports her but still pushes her to try things out of her comfort soon, his corny sense of humor, and his tenderness.

“You are so tender with our children,” she gushes. “Spurgeon loves wrestling with you, and playing hide & seek. Henry loves ‘talking’ to you! His face lights up and he gets so excited when you’re around!”

“There is just so much more that I could say,” Jessa finishes, “but I shall close for now with this: I know that I married up. God has blessed me beyond measure in giving me you! I am so thankful for you!”

“Happy birthday, Lovey!”

Congrats on all the love, you crazy kids.

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Ben Seewald: SLAMMED For Attacking Catholicism!

As you’re probably aware, the Duggars are no strangers to controversy.

At this point, they’ve been the subject of so many public outcries that it feels necessary to separate their scandals into different groups:

There’s the atrocious (the family going to great lengths to cover up Josh Duggar’s sex crimes), the laughable (uproar over Jinger Duggar wearing pants), and, of course, the ideological:

That third type might be the most complicated, as the Duggars have some very strange beliefs (many would say some very destructive beliefs), and yet their extreme conservatism is a large part of what’s made their reality shows so popular.

As evidenced by our current political climate, centrism is out, fanaticism is in, and a truly depressing number of Americans like their religion served up with a side of bigotry.

In the past, Jessa’s husband, Ben Seewald, has been considered the most liberal member of the extended Duggar clan.

(Liberal by Duggar standards, of course, meaning that Ben doesn’t believe Colin Kaepernick should be loaded into a catapult and launched over Niagara Falls into Ontario.)

Now, however, Ben is taking a good deal of well-deserved flak for apparently devoting much of his time and attention to arguing to Catholics that their religion is stupid and they’re gonna burn in the hottest part of hell.

Ben posted the above photo on Instagram this week and announced that he’s been boning up on his anti-Catholic rhetoric.

He captioned the image:

“About halfway through reading this. Dr. James White has debated many of the top Roman Catholic apologists and is highly knowledgeable on the real issues that, yes, still matter today.

He added:

“This is essential because many have no idea what the REAL issues actually are between Catholics and Protestants.”

A little background before we delve into the response to Ben’s anti-Catholic crusade:

For one, Dr. James White is not a real doctor, but instead a theologian who has dedicated his career to discrediting Catholicism, so it’s not like Ben is getting a fair and balanced look at the faith he’s decided to put in his crosshairs for some reason.

On top of that, Ben’s caption suggests that there’s some deep mystery about the differences between Catholicism and Protestantism.

There are differences of belief, but they’re not exactly kept secret.

Last we checked, Catholics don’t have to shell out six figures to Tom Cruise to find out what their religion is all about.

The reaction to Ben’s photo was mixed, but not surprisingly, it seems like his strange distaste for Catholicism cost him quite a few fans:

“Catholicism isnt a cult,” wrote one fan.

“I am a strong Catholic and the way Protestants depict us is abominable,” commented another.

“Why do you have to hate so much? We are just as faithful as you and just as loving … WE ARE CHRISTIANS TOO!!!”

Between this and Ben’s weird outrage over faith-based films that don’t depict Christian beliefs exactly to his liking, it seems Seewald is fashioning a career for himself as the king of the religious hot take.

He’s becoming a sort of Baptist Alex Jones, and it’s not a good look.

We’re sure he’s got the support of his in-laws, but attacking other branches of Christianity will likely make it far more difficult for Ben to his deeply pious TV audience.

Watch Counting On online to witness Ben’s attempts to make a name for himself as a fundamentalist firebrand.

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Ben Seewald Slams The Shack: Why Is He Flipping Out Over a Movie?

There was a time when Ben Seewald was credited with being the most progressive-minded member of the Duggar clan.

Ben has expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement, and he generally takes a more inclusive and justice-minded approach to social issues.

But at the end of the day, Ben relies on his wife’s famous family for financial support, which may be why he’s joined his in-laws in taking a hard-line stance against a movie you’ve probably never heard of:

The film is called The Shack, and apparently, it’s got the evangelical community in an uproar over what some see as a blasphemous portrayal of one man’s relationship with God.

The Shack stars Octavia Spencer (?!) as an otherworldly being named Papa (?!?!) who helps a grieving father cope with the murder of his daughter.

Predictably, the film is being roasted to a crisp by critics and widely ignored by audiences, but there’s a select group that’s ready to arm themselves with torches and pitchforks and storm your local Regal Cinema, and it seems Ben Seewald is their unlikely leader.

You would expect an uproar over Octavia Spencer’s career choices (Does she know she won an Oscar?), but it turns out the furor is rooted in some sort of theological dispute.

You see, The Shack argues that all good people will be rewarded in the afterlife regardless of the specifics of their religious beliefs – a notion first set forth in the 1989 ecclesiastical allegory All Dogs Go to Heaven.

Okay, we might have made that last part up, but the fact is, Ben and his band of crusaders are of the belief that the God of The Shack is too forgiving, too merciful, too … Christlike.

You’d think an unemployed father of two would mostly be busy scouring the want ads, but it seems Ben has time to get all fired up about a movie.

Yesterday, Seewald posted this takedown of The Shack on his Instagram page:

He also linked to an article with a six-point anti-Shack argument because 2017 is officially the most ridiculous timeline.

The piece argues that the “the God portrayed in The Shack seems casual and unconcerned with holiness, which is inconsistent with what we see in the Bible.”

We have no intention of ever seeing this movie, but based on that description, we’re guessing God is portrayed a bearded and heavily stoned Jeff Bridges.

Anyway, it doesn’t sound like this movie is causing anyone any harm, so why is Ben so worked up?

Well, if you’ve heard the recent rumors about Seewald’s net worth, you know that the dude may soon find himself in dire need of cash.

Ben doesn’t have a job, and in fact, he’s never been employed in his adult life.

Right now, he seems focused on making a career for himself as a preacher, which can be a lucrative profession if one builds a large enough following.

These days, of course, the easiest way to do that is to spew hot takes on social media.

As far as we can tell, that’s why Ben’s taking the firmest anti-Shack stance since Kobe Bryant circa 1997. Zing!

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Ben Seewald Net Worth: Is Jessa Duggar’s Husband Broke?

Ever since Jessa Duggar married Ben Seewald back in November of 2014, fans have openly speculated about what – if anything – Ben does to help support his young family.

The scrutiny intensified when Jessa gave birth to her second child last month. 

The Seewalds are now a family of four, and Jessa and Ben are still planning to adopt more kids, yet neither of them appear to have held down a full time job at any point in their adult lives.

Jessa’s unemployment is expected, as Duggar women are forbidden to perform any work that doesn’t fall under the umbrella of stay-at-home mom duties.

Many fans have justified Ben’s lack of work as one of the luxuries that accompanies reality TV stardom.

After all, the Duggars must be worth an outrageous amount of cash after all of their years on TLC, right?

Well … not so much.

Back in 2015, just before 19 Kids and Counting was canceled amidst the fallout from the Josh Duggar sex scandals, several media outlets reported that the Duggars net worth was roughly $ 3.5 million.

That’s a lot of cash, to be sure, but it’s important to bear in mind that that was split between the 21 original castmembers.

Since that time, the extended Duggar family has only expanded, adding four in-laws and multiple numerous third-generation offspring.

The family took a major financial hit when 19 Kids was canceled, but they rebounded nicely with the awkwardly-titled spinoff series Counting On.

But thus far, the show has failed to yield the sort of ratings that made 19 Kids such a hit.

Though it’s been on the bubble since its first episode, the show keeps getting renewed, and Jessa and Ben were paid a reported $ 400,000 for season three.

Again, not exactly chump change, but far from “never work again” cash.

With two mouths to feed, the Seewalds would find themselves in quite a tight spot as unemployed homeowners without a career history between them.

There was brief talk of Ben finally finding a job last month, but it turned out it was one-time gig speaking at a Texas evangelical convention.

The Duggars have stated that Ben is interested in becoming a preacher, but thus far, he has yet to take any steps toward what he hopes will be his future career.

Instead, Ben is reportedly doing his best to help around the house.

“He’s gotten so good he could do it with his eyes closed,” Jessa said of Ben’s diaper-changing skills.

It’s great that he’s breaking with his religious community’s views on gender roles and assisting with housekeeping and childcare duties, but eventually Ben may have to make himself useful in a way that involves a paycheck.

After all, with 18 siblings, Jessa’s not wanting in terms of free help around the house.

Watch Counting On online to see relive Jessa and Ben’s road to the altar.

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Ben Seewald: Planning a Career in Politics?!

The question of what Ben Seewald does for a living has been on the minds of Duggar family fans from the time he was first introduced as Jessa’s suitor.

The Seewalds are beloved by Counting On obsessives, but the nagging question of how Ben spends his time when he’s not filming the show (men helping with housework and child care is virtually unheard of in the Duggar clan), seems to loom large on social media.

For a brief period last month, it was widely rumored that Ben had found a real job.

Then the truth came out:

The “job” was one-time speaking engagement at a faith-based gathering in Texas.

Basically, Ben would be using his star power to help sell tickets.

Not exactly hard labor.

But fans who are a bit put off by Seewald’s apparent work allergy will be pleased to learn that he seems conscious of the fact that reality TV fame doesn’t last forever.

And it’s likely for that reason Ben is slowly forging a career path for himself.

If you follow Ben on social media, you may have noticed that his posts have become increasingly political in recent months.

Here’s a recent video in which Ben is all, “Separation of church and state? I don’t think so, Founding Padres.”

It’s clips like that that have led fans to believe that Ben might be preparing for a future in politics.

Couple his web presence with the associate’s degree in political science that Ben recently earned from Arkansas’ National Park Community College, and it’s not hard to see why viewers believe they might be seeing Ben’s name on a ballot in the near future.

Of course, it’s likely that not all Duggar fans will be on board with Ben’s political beliefs.

Ben is more liberal than his in-laws, and has drawn criticism from the family’s far-right fan base for expressing his support for the Black Lives Matter movement and Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit for the national anthem.

In fact, it looks as though Ben would probably describe himself as a right-leaning moderate.

Centrists used to be the norm in American politics, but these days they’re about as rare as unicorns.

Which means that despite his fame, Ben will probably rise through the ranks about as high as the Tontitown School Board.

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