Ben Seewald has a few bones to pick with Jim Bob Duggar. The Counting On star is reportedly at odds with the family patriarch over religious beliefs and financial issues. Will their feud drive the Duggar family apart?
An inside source told Radar Online that just about all of the men who married a Duggar daughter have a different way of thinking than family patriarch Jim Bob Duggar. This includes Seewald, who doesn’t see eye to eye on everything Jim Bob teaches.
The two men differ the most on a few specific religious beliefs. Seewald believes in Calvinism and the idea that God controls just about everything, including a person’s religious beliefs. Jim Bob leans more towards traditional Christian thought in that salvation is based on faith.
According to The Hollywood Gossip, Seewald also disagrees with how Jim Bob is managing the family fortune. Jim Bob’s bank account took a major hit after the cancellation of 19 Kids and Counting, but he is starting to rebound now that Counting On is taking off.
Although Jim Bob’s fortune is slowly on the rise, Seewald doesn’t think the family should be concentrated so much on making money. At this point, there is little that Seewald can do about Jim Bob’s money, but there’s no telling how their arguments could affect the rest of the family.
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Although Seewald and Jim Bob disagree on theology, their differences are not driving a wedge in the family. The source claims that the two generally get along with each other and avoid letting their ideological differences get the best of them.
“Overall he’s close to the family,” the source explained. “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.”
Seewald isn’t the only member of the Duggar family that has butted heads with Jim Bob.
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Joy-Anna Duggar’s husband, Austin Forsyth, has also stirred up trouble with the Counting On patriarch. A source claims that Forsyth was a rebel child growing up and that some members of the family are worried that he’ll change Joy-Anna.
There is also talk of a growing feud between Jill Duggar’s husband, Derick Dillard, and the rest of the family. Dillard was fired from Counting On last year after making controversial remarks on social media about the transgender community.
Ben Seewald has not addressed the rumors surrounding his relationship with his father-in-law.