Numerous people have contacted me about the Bill Gothard sex scandal. They want to know, have I heard? I have. Am I going to write about it? Not at this time.
There is so much of this stuff coming out now that if I am not careful I will get emotionally and mentally swamped by it all. While I am glad the light of day is shining on the evil works done in secret, when it comes to Bill Gothard, I will leave it to others to detail his “sins.”
As a pastor, I was not a Bill Gothard fan. My grandparents, see the post Dear Ann, were Gothardites. They tried repeatedly to get me to attend one of Gothard’s seminars. After bugging me for about ten years, they quit asking me.
Out of all the families I pastored over the years, only one family was a devoted follower of Gothard. They used Gothard’s home schooling material and several of their children attended a Gothardite advanced training program in Michigan. Their first question when I candidated at the church was, what do you think of Bill Gothard? Quite honestly, I knew very little about him and I don’t know much more now.
Here are several posts that might interest you:
Is David Gibbs Jr. investigating Bill Gothard? This site has several posts on the Gothard scandal
The Recovering Grace site has a lot of information on Bill Gothard
If you would like to investigate Bill Gothard’s teachings:
Bill Gothard has resigned from the Institute in Basic Life Principles, according to an affiliated ministry email obtained by Religion News Service (RNS), which broke the news tonight.
The popular seminar speaker and his ministry had weathered moral and financial controversies, as well as scrutiny over his teachings, in the past. But recently a whistle-blowing website gathered accusations of sexual harassment from more than 30 women.
RNS, which offers more details, reports that Gothard’s resignation cited his desire to focus on fulfilling Matthew 5:23-24, which reads:
Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. (NIV)
Alissa Wilkinson, CT’s movie critic, recently posted a personal reflection on her experience with Gothard’s ministry….
…Bill Gothard, Basic Seminar speaker and home-schooling advocate, has been placed on administrative leave as president and board member of the Institute in Basic Life Principles following multiple allegations of sexual harassment….
His seminars, which explain “how Biblical principles of life will result in harmonious relationships in all areas of life,” have been popular among many conservative Christian families. More than 2.5 million people have gone through one of Gothard’s Basic Seminars, which began as a course at Wheaton College—his alma mater—shortly after he graduated in 1961..