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TC: “Training Center” or...

TC:  “Training Center” or “Torture Chamber”

Bill Gothard has always had an interest in and love for the “juvenile delinquent”, young people that have been consumed in sin and rebellion, seeing them brought to Jesus and their lives reclaimed.  His early ministry was focused on the gangs he encountered in Chicago and resulted in the “Basic Youth Conflicts” seminar. With a […]

Umbrellas of Authority: Protection f...

Umbrellas of Authority:  Protection from a Hideous Reign

In “Questions” a poster called “Incredulous” expressed her grief with the “Umbrella of Authority” teaching that Bill is well known for.  The “umbrella” concept is an analogy for the way that he believes God’s authority functions, fundamentally to protect us from forces or temptation greater than we can bear.  And we must be so clear […]

Adopting a Scriptural Position

Adopting a Scriptural Position

The topic of adoption has been a contentious one because Bill, perhaps uniquely, has raised some concerns about the scriptural basis of our modern day practice.  Part of this is his position that some family problems involving adopted children who are in a destructive spiral cannot be solved without a permanent separation of the adopted […]

Board Suitor

Board Suitor

We received the following question from Dan: “On the RG website there is an account of a woman who claims Bill asked his Board for permission to marry her. Not sure if I have this exactly correct but I think this was the essence of it. Have you ever confirmed this with either the Board […]

Minor Feet

Minor Feet

Pam, a poster, asked a series of questions in another thread about the “foot tapping”, “footsie” allegations against Bill. Still quite the top topic, it is worth its own thread. Questions “This is about the foot tapping behavior. So first of all, he admits it.” WHAT he admitted to is, of course, vitally important. Bill […]

About the Lawsuit

About the Lawsuit

With the amended lawsuit this week against Bill and IBLP bringing the total – and final – number of plaintiffs to 18, my friend Chris asked for a reaction.  Because we interact with Bill fairly regularly it is inappropriate to offer a detailed response at this time.  But my comment to Chris was: Let’s see . […]

Exhibit B: Tua Culpa

Exhibit B:  Tua Culpa

Mea Culpa means “I am guilty”, a Latin phrase of confession introduced to the modern idiom from the Catholic Mass.  Over the years Bill has publically acknowledged having fallen short before God and man in a number of areas as he has sought to correct faults that have been brought to his attention.  There are those who have […]

New Math

New Math

Mathematics is a wonderful discipline, one that some of us love.  We know that numbers matter and don’t like to be abused.  They speak to the carefulness and veracity of those that would purport to report on a matter. So here are some numbers as we have found them that don’t seem to add up: March 7, […]

Challenge: Watch Session 1 of the Ba...

Challenge:  Watch Session 1 of the Basic Seminar

We commented that a non-trivial number of Bill adversaries, including some “regulars” on Recovering Grace have never attended a single IBLP seminar or program, let alone met Bill.  My friend Chris Symonds replied asking whether this should matter.  In response we said: “I really do like you, Chris. Your opinions are important, but not nearly […]

Bill and Music

Bill and Music

Question: “What music is or isn’t acceptable and why it is the case?” Bill’s perspectives on music are never far from the discussion, often cited as the first thing that those that oppose him rejected.  He is known for his condemnation of all rock music, Christian or otherwise, counting it as one of the gravest challenges to the […]

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