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How the Teachings of Emotional Purity and Courtship Damage Healthy Relationships

22 July 2011, 05:21

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There are many times that I don’t realize just how much strange teaching I’ve had to undo in my life. I usually don’t realize it until times when I try to explain them to someone else. This happened to me the other night. A dear friend and I were talking about our kids and how […]

Escaping the Religious Noose, Part 4: Wrapping Up

21 July 2011, 08:00

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[Editor’s note: This is Part 4 of a four-part series. Click here for Part 1, Part 2, or Part 3] —CHOICES— In Wisdom Booklets and in other manuscripts, Bill teaches that every choice–no matter how trite–is “good” or “evil.” He teaches that “gray areas” indicate a presence of evil because gray is a mixture of […]

Escaping the Religious Noose, Part 3: Absolute Authority

20 July 2011, 08:00

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[Editor’s note: This is Part 3 of a four-part series. Click here for Part 1, Part 2, or Part 4] Using this verse in a manner not unlike the Jehovah’s Witness movement, Gothard teaches that the kingdom of heaven operates much like the Roman Empire. High-powered individuals at the top require those under them to […]

Escaping the Religious Noose, Part 2: Grace Redefined

19 July 2011, 08:00

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[Editor’s note: This is Part 2 of a four-part series. Click here for Part 1, Part 3, or Part 4] I will never forget the first time I heard Mr. Gothard teach that “unmerited favor” is a faulty definition of grace. His first step in redefining grace was to look up the New Testament word “graciousness” […]

Escaping the Religious Noose, Part 1: Legalism

18 July 2011, 08:00

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[Editor’s note: This is Part 1 of a four-part series. Click here for Part 2, Part 3, or Part 4] My name is Donna. When I was a child, our family became involved with the Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts (IBYC), which was later renamed the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP). In 1986, we […]

An Open Letter from Bill Gothard’s First Generation to Basic Seminar Attendees

16 July 2011, 08:00

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Dear Basic Seminar Attendee, The person who handed you this letter tonight cares about you. They care enough that they took time to bring it to you because they believe in the message and want you to understand before it is too late. This person is someone who grew up in a household influenced by […]

My Childhood in ATI, Part 3

15 July 2011, 08:00

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TRANSFORMATION God really began to do a miracle in our family when I was around 18 years old. Somehow through all of this indoctrination, I began to ask questions. Something about what I was experiencing didn’t line up with what I was seeing and reading in God’s Word. Gothard defined grace as “the desire and […]

My Childhood in ATI, part 2

14 July 2011, 08:00

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The Indianapolis Training Center, 2001

THE EFFECTS Within ATI, Bill Gothard was viewed as a sort of demigod. I remember attending the annual conferences where he was lauded with 10 minute standing ovations. We awaited every word that he said with baited breath, and took it all as gospel truth. We didn’t ask questions, we just accepted it. And that […]

My Childhood in ATI, part 1

13 July 2011, 08:00

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What I share in this story is something that I have never shared with anyone in its entirety except my wife. Some of you will know bits and pieces of this story, and some of you will recognize yourselves in it. I am not going to share names of friends and associates in the ATI […]