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Category Archives: Upon Further Review--Twisted Scriptures

Honor vs. Obey

2 September 2011, 06:00



If you asked people familiar with Dr. Bill Gothard (those who favor him or otherwise) what his main distinctive teaching is, many would say “authority.” And indeed, besides the topic of grace, authority is probably the most defining aspect of ATI/IBLP and Bill Gothard’s teaching. This is an immense topic. No doubt RecoveringGrace.com will have […]

Off Beat: Is Rock Music Inherently Evil?

26 August 2011, 06:00

Timothy Estabrooks


In the grand scheme of things, the issue of “rock music” may not seem very important. Of all the many errors in Bill Gothard’s teachings, his misleading teaching on music initially seems much less damaging than some of his more glaring theological mistakes. Yet while it is true that music by itself is not of […]

Christian Karma

19 August 2011, 04:00



Merriam-Webster’s dictionary states karma as: The force generated by a person’s actions held in Hinduism and Buddhism to perpetuate transmigration and in its ethical consequences to determine the nature of the person’s next existence. Eastern religions teach that once we die, we re-enter the cycle of life in a different form. If someone performs good deeds on earth […]

The Unfair Bonus

12 August 2011, 06:00



Jesus must have enjoyed short stories. He used parables frequently. One of those stories appears in Matthew 20:1-16. It arrested my attention recently and I wondered how someone would tell the story in today’s world. Perhaps something like this: The strangest bonus Jim ever received was for a large project he worked on for six […]

When the Gospel Becomes No Gospel At All

5 August 2011, 06:00



The word “gospel” means “good news.” But at some point, the Apostle Paul says, this good news can be turned on its head to become worthless, bad news. When Paul wrote to the church of Galatia, he was angered by the fact that some false teachers (often referred to by biblical scholars as “Judaizers”[1]) were […]

Circumcision, Blue Jeans, & Cabbage Patch Kids: The Danger of Bill Gothard’s “Jesus+” Theology

1 August 2011, 06:00




The Apostle Paul always seemed to know his audience. In writing to the Galatians, he challenged the way in which they were over-selling the law and under-selling the Gospel — a move that paved the way for rampant legalism. Meanwhile in Corinth, Paul was faced with the other end of the spectrum, an under-appreciation for […]

Unredefining Grace

29 July 2011, 06:00



Clouds in the sky

God saved us by his grace (Eph 2:8-9). There is nothing that we did to earn his favor. Spiritually, we were dead! Salvation is a free gift that God freely chooses to give us out of his incredibly huge wealth of kindness. The apostle Paul was so consumed with thinking about God’s grace that he […]

Gothard’s Biblical Inoculation

25 July 2011, 04:00



a set of syringes

Question: How do you insure that your children don’t catch a deadly disease? Simple…inoculate them. In the 1700s, it was discovered that dipping a needle into the pus of a smallpox blister and then inserting that same needle into a healthy person prevented them from getting the disease. The infected dose was large enough for […]