At first glance, Mary Stephens of the Homemaker’s Corner looks like a typical Pearl follower. She is strictly King James Only and believes strongly in submissive wives who are keepers at home. However, she uses God’s Word as her light and the Pearls’ persuasive prattle did not fare well under the searching light of Scripture. She has written an in depth examination of the Pearls. This is not limited to Michael and Debi, but also includes Rebekah and her husband as part of the Pearl Family.
This is quite an undertaking she has started. She apparently has not had time to finish her study, having only answered 3 out of the 8 questions she presents. However, she already has quite a lot up there and I find it quite interesting on a few levels.
For one thing, this is the first time that I have noticed someone who feels strongly that the King James Bible is the only real Bible speaking out against the Pearls. While Michael Pearl does, indeed, use KJV only; she determines that he does not always use it correctly. She also brings up the very valid concern that Pearl appears to believe that the KJV more than the original Greek. (!)
She exposes the fact that the Pearls use very little scripture to back up their conclusions. She actually counts the scriptures they use. The has done a very thorough investigation here. Her conclusion is:
From reading their material it appears that the Pearls are basically offering their own homebrewed child psychology. A little psychology, a little Bible and a lot of the Pearls’ philosophy and ideas go into the mix.
Another good observation is how Pearl seems to have undue influence over his followers and how dangerous that is. Here is another quote from the link in the above paragraph:
Please notice how the Pearls’ speaking, leadership and words have become so important in these people’s home. This is pathetic. Where is God’s word? Why is it that she feels they would benefit so much more from having the Pearls right there to help them? They have the God of the universe, the Almighty, the Great I AM, the Creator of the human race and the Institutor of the family indwelling them if they are saved! And, if they possess the King James Bible, they have His very words and instructions for mankind in their own hands and language. Isn’t that enough?! Apparently the Pearls’ teachings have conveyed to them that God and His word are not enough! This is horrifying.
She also has posted a critique on Debi Pearl’s study of the book of Esther.
I have not found her saying anything anti-spanking so I’m going to assume that I have found another pro-spanker speaking out against the Pearls teachings and tag it according. I also base this assumption on what she said about discipline in her ABC’s of Raising Children (under D for Discipline).
Edited to add: Mary has clarified her position on spanking in a comment to this post.