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Articles about how Bill Gothard mishandles the Bible to support his legalistic viewpoint.

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Stories and accounts of the destruction caused by the teachings of Bill Gothard.

Tag Archives: manipulation

Church Celebrities Who are Above Criticism: Bill Gothard

1 July 2015, 06:00

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“He deprives the trusted ones of speech And takes away the discernment of the elders.” (Job 12:20) In a post put up a couple weeks ago, I recounted how, in the late sixties, my dad, Joe Bayly publicly criticized Bob Jones University. He did so in his monthly column in ETERNITY Magazine. It was also […]

The Characteristics of a Sexual Groomer

23 June 2015, 07:54

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When I think back over my life, and what happened to me when I was 20, when I met Bill Gothard, I think of this quote from the character of Rosa Dartle in David Copperfield. With my good, acute memory that never allows me to forget, I can put myself back in that room, that […]

What Sexual Abuse Counseling Can Do to Help You

12 June 2015, 19:59

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Christians and psychotherapy haven’t always had the best relationship. Growing up as I did, adjacent to cultural fundamentalists, I absorbed the following dominant assumptions: You don’t need counseling if you have Jesus. Counselors disapprove of homeschooling and Christianity and might want to take you away from your parents. The only good counselor is a Christian […]

Bill Gothard’s New Website

3 June 2015, 10:42

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Late last night, Bill Gothard’s personal website, billgothard.com, launched a complete redesign with new content. Included in this new content was a statement by Bill Gothard in which he attempts to address some of the issues that we have raised on our site over the past four years. Additionally, there is an entire page dedicated to personal testimonies […]

Manipulation by Humiliation

8 March 2015, 14:13

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Every once in a while a light shines out revealing the truth of our surroundings. Sometimes it only lasts a moment, but we gain insights that change our understanding of the world. Suddenly, the explanation we have been looking for explodes like a flash of lightning. For several years we observed a phenomenon we struggled […]

IBYC Scandal in the News — 1980-1982

10 December 2014, 08:00

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  1. Brief news clip in Eternity regarding IBYC resignations (July-August 1980) 2. The Bill Gothard Tragedy (Plains Baptist Challenger, August 1980) 3. Bill Gothard Steps Down During Institute Shakeup (Christianity Today, 8/8/80) 4. Evangelicals Feel Strain as Churches Adjust to Marriage Failures (Los Angeles Times, 8/16/80) 5. Shaking the Gothard Chain (Eternity, September 1980) […]

You Cannot Pay With Words

12 November 2014, 09:00

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My story is about a leader maintaining a double life for decades and then demanding to pay for his deeds with words and tears. He is outwardly sorrowful that his words and favor are no longer valid currency. My parents were regional and state leaders in the homeschooling movement for years before we joined the […]

Confident Statements Do Not a Solid Argument Make

6 November 2014, 09:00

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A former Advanced Training Institute (ATI) student and Life Focus veteran has tackled both the form and the substance of the IBLP booklet What the Bible Has to Say About “Contemporary Christian” Music: Ten Scriptural Reasons Why the “Rock Beat” is Evil in Any Form at his blog, Throwing Out The Bath Water. “Is there a […]

ATI Failed Me

4 November 2014, 06:00

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Life was normal before ATI. Better than normal, in fact. I was homeschooled, sure, and there was some resulting friction with extended family who didn’t agree with that choice, but for the most part my childhood was happy. I had friends in the neighborhood, made forts in the woods, rode bikes, sledded, skated, played with […]

Why is that Person your Friend?

23 October 2014, 06:00

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A commenter recently asked an obvious question of another: “Why do you think that person is your friend?” That rang a bell in me. There are times, when reading the stories people send me, that I ask something similar in my heart. Why do you think that person is your friend? Why would you keep […]