Instead the focus is on the beautiful, the youthful and the healthy, as if in denial of ageing and illness. Sadly, this makes the person feel as if they are being called a liar or a wimp.
A Case for Disqualification 3 February We have attempted to fulfill that mission through regularly posted articles primarily written by former students of ATI—articles that have covered a wide variety of issues such as theological discussions of IBLP teachings, personal stories of discovering grace, and bringing to light some of the darker aspects of working at an IBLP Training Center.
What we truthfully did not realize at the time of our launch was the strong undercurrent of depravity displayed for decades at the highest levels of IBLP leadership. As such, most of our attention for the first year of our website was focused on these areas.
In earlythis all changed for us when a young lady shared with us her experiences working for Bill Gothard at Headquarters. In other words, it was textbook sexual harassment. The emails and comments poured in like a flood, and we knew that we had stumbled across something bigger than we could have ever anticipated.
Over the past two weeks, Meg has shared with us her very painful personal journey. And, later this week, we will share yet another account. We have had men and women who served in IBLP leadership confirm that the allegations are true, although they felt and often were powerless to do anything at the time.
In fact, we have learned that the IBLP Board of Directors has on more than one occasion addressed this behavior with Bill Gothard, but to no lasting avail. As Paul states in 2 Corinthians 7: Until we see some evidence of this repentance and a desire to turn from your sin, our organization will be unable to assist you in reconciling with those you have sinned against.
Reconciliation apart from repentance by the offender is, quite simply, impossible. There was never a response to that email.
This response was never received. The ministry nearly came to an end at that point, but Bill was able to revive it with a new group of leaders who were willing to overlook what had taken place. A few short years later, inthe Advanced Training Institute of America homeschool program was created, and with it came a new generation of willing laborers … and young victims.
As our database of troubling information has grown, our team has struggled over what to do with what we know. We have always tried to demonstrate a grace-based approach to our work and ministry, even towards the one man we believe to be the originator of the greatest damage.
However, we also know that God desires both justice and mercy, and that grace does not preclude justice or truth. Every time we hear of another young person struggling with their faith in God, or dealing with chronic health issues because of physical mistreatment and exhaustion while working at a training center, or fighting depression and confusion because they were sexually harassed by Bill Gothard, an inescapable question confronts us: What can we do with this information to ensure that the abuse does not continue to happen?
We based our decision on a passage of Scripture familiar to most ex-ATIers: Matthew 18—wherein Christ teaches us how to deal with a sinning brother. We know that Bill Gothard has been confronted one-on-one many times about his sin, as well as in groups of two and three, so our team believes that it is time for us to engage in the final phase of this process which is found in Matthew And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
This information will come in the form of personal accounts, never-before-published documents and correspondence, and factual reports of events that were swept under the rug years ago.
Guiding our release of this information will be one singular resolution that we hope will put an end to this malevolence once and for all: Whereas Bill Gothard has exhibited a year pattern of moral failure, abuse of spiritual authority, and mishandling of Scripture, and is therefore disqualified from Christian ministry according to Titus 1 and I Timothy 3, we believe that the only biblical course of action is for Bill Gothard to step down from all ministry and leadership positions, publicly repent of the above sins, and exhibit fruit in keeping with repentance Matt.
After two and a half years of publications, we hope and trust that our readership has grown to understand that this statement and this series of posts is not one born of vindictiveness, spitefulness, or gratuitousness.
Each member of our team has donated countless hours to this project at great emotional, mental, and physical cost, and each of us has, in many ways, left our current lives to revisit a time in our lives that we could just as easily forget. But for the sake of our younger brothers and sisters in Christ who are still in danger, we refuse to look the other way and allow the abuse to continue.
Amidst all of this, it is our ultimate calling before God that drives us now as it has since our first day in July It is our deepest prayer that God would use the efforts of Recovering Grace to demonstrate publicly what justice, mercy, and humility look like when exemplified in the church of Jesus Christ.
We would ask for your prayers and support as we embark upon this endeavor. The Recovering Grace Team All articles on this site reflect the views of the author s and do not necessarily reflect the views of other Recovering Grace contributors or the leadership of the site.
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