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Category Archives: Upon Further Review--Twisted Scriptures

Sowing to the Flesh–More thoughts on Mr. Gothard’s Sexual Rules

15 June 2012, 06:00



This article is a continuation of “Mr. Gothard’s Sexual Rules,” a three-part series we ran last December. Mr. Gothard’s teachings on sex within marriage are not among the Institute in Basic Life Principles’ (IBLP) central doctrines. However, this section of the Advanced Seminar is an excellent example of how Mr. Gothard both views the Law and […]

Spiritual Alchemy

8 June 2012, 06:00



A thousand years ago in Europe, alchemists served as philosophers, scientists, and magicians all wrapped up into one. They mixed, stirred, bubbled and distilled chemicals in the search for the fabled philosopher’s stone–the substance that would have the power to turn metals like lead into silver or gold. Their mission was doomed from the beginning, although […]

Character Sketches or Sketchy Characters? Dinah and Tamar

12 April 2012, 07:00



In his Character Sketches series, Mr. Gothard retells many of the stories found in Scripture to illustrate some aspect of character, either good or bad. Often, however, these sketches are better at illustrating how Mr. Gothard will twist Scripture with points that are many times theologically poisonous and logically absurd. In light of the theme […]

Who Speaks for the Church? (An Excerpt)

10 February 2012, 06:00



From time to time, we at Recovering Grace like to republish the work of others who have contributed to the discussion of Bill Gothard and his teachings. This is particularly true when a third party perspective of someone not closely involved with IBLP or ATI is provided, as in the following excerpt. This excerpt details […]

Mr. Gothard’s Sexual Rules: Part Three

30 December 2011, 06:00



(Continued from last week. Click here to read Part 1 and Part 2) Gothard is taking the blessing promised throughout Deuteronomy and applying them to those who follow certain commands from the Mosaic law. The problem with this is that the blessings in Deuteronomy come only by following the whole law (see Deut 28:14 for […]

Mr. Gothard’s Sexual Rules: Part Two

23 December 2011, 06:00



Continued from Part One… I Pet 3:7  – Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. Eph 5:26 – That he might sanctify and cleanse her with the […]

Mr Gothard’s Sexual Rules: Part One

16 December 2011, 06:00



Mr. Gothard’s teachings on sex within marriage is not one of The Institute in Basic Life Principles’ (IBLP) central doctrines. However, this section of the Advanced Seminar is an excellent example of how Mr. Gothard both views the Law and how he abuses Scripture. Both are very important to understanding Mr. Gothard’s overall teachings. However, […]

Part Two: Body, Soul & Spirit

9 December 2011, 06:00



Last week, I presented an alternate view to the 3-part: body, soul, spirit division of the human person. My point was that the Bible uses “soul” and “spirit” synonymously. Because Bill Gothard uses the 3-part system as the basis for many of his teachings (if not the basis, then at least connected with). However, if […]

Body, Soul & Spirit: An Alternate View

2 December 2011, 06:00



If you spend much time listening to Bill Gothard, it doesn’t take long for him to bring up one of his favorite beliefs: Body, Soul, & Spirit. Bill claims human beings are comprised of these three elements and each element serves a distinct function. This approach is technically called trichotomy in systematic theology terms. Over […]

Confusing the Covenants

25 November 2011, 06:00



Bill Gothard claims in the first night of the Basic Seminar that his teachings are based in Deuteronomy 28. He says, “God has laid out a series of principles…laws…and if WE violate these laws, He will bring certain consequences to us as a nation. And he gives us a list of these consequences. The motivation […]