Institute in Basic Life Principles

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Statement Regarding Resignation

The stated corporate purpose of the Institute in Basic Life Principles, Inc. is to introduce individuals to God’s basic way of life through the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Institute remains committed to this purpose and to helping individuals live out their salvation, received by grace through faith, and apply Biblical truths in their daily lives.

A few weeks ago, Bill Gothard respectfully submitted his resignation to the Board of the Institute and the Board unanimously and in unanimity asked him to withdraw it until a review by outside legal counsel was complete and recommendations given. At the Board’s encouragement, Mr. Gothard agreed to withdraw his resignation. However, based on assertions brought by various individuals and groups, Mr. Gothard was placed on administrative leave where he was to have no contact with the ministry pending such review.

On March 5, 2014, Mr. Gothard again submitted his resignation indicating that he wanted to follow Matthew 5:23-24 and listen to those who have “ought against” him. In considering what was in the best interests of the Institute, the Board of Directors accepted Mr. Gothard’s resignation.

On March 14, 2014, the Board of Directors announced the appointment of Dr. Tim Levendusky as the interim president for the Institute. Meanwhile, the Christ honoring review process shall continue and a future statement will be issued once the review is complete and submitted to the Board of Directors.

Board of Directors
Institute in Basic Life Principles, Inc.


Vanessa Justice

You have my trust and my prayers.

Robert Choate

I'm thankful that the board intends to investigate the allegations. I'm disappointed that this statement makes no mention of the seriousness of said allegations, nor of the victims. Finally, no review will be acceptable unless it is conducted by an independent third party, not by the IBLP -affiliated law firm that has been chosen to date. Please consider these things in your efforts to honor Christ, and allow the full truth to be discovered, confessed, and remedied.

Kenneth LeFebvre

Will there be a fully disinterested and objective party to do this investigation? Will the board's statement be an honest and transparent response to the specific allegations, or will it be so vague and generalized as to be merely whitewash?

I was raised to believe the Institute stood for principles, no matter how difficult or, even, damning the truth might be. I'm sorry to say that I've been a bit disappointed in the level of opaqueness demonstrated, thus far, concerning such serious allegations.

Toni Gatlin

The Board "unanimously and in unanimity" rejected Bill's resignation. Could someone representing IBLP clarify whether that "unanimous" decision was made before or after two board members resigned?


Good question, Toni. The unanimous decision was made before anyone resigned.

Mark Laurence

Is there an expected timeframe for this investigation to be completed?

Does the investigation include an overall review of doctrine commonly associated with IBLP? Bill Gothard's teaching regarding hermeneutics, posted on his website states:

" is also reasonable to conclude that if a person who wants to interpret Scripture has sinful habits or practices in his life that grieve the Holy Spirit and quench His power, the Holy Spirit will not reveal the truth of Scripture to such a person. In fact, God warns that such individuals will take Scripture out of context to their own destruction. (See II Peter 3:16.) This result supports the axiom that a man’s morality will dictate his theology and his philosophy."

Bill Gothard has interpreted Scripture for IBLP families for decades. Does the board agree with the above statement regarding a man with sinful habits not being able to interpret Scripture? If so, will this require your organization to review it's foundational teaching for error?

Tim Jaycox

A good clarification that he wasn't forced to resign, but chose to in order to reach out. And also a clarification that once the true and false information is separated, that there will be a statement released.


What process should individuals use to communicate with Bill Gothard as he follows Matthew 5:23-24?


You may contact Bill through his website at

Mrs.Barry Sanborn

I pray the parties involved will have wisdom and discernment because many of Facebook comments display their desire to see the institute shut down....I thank God for this organization and pray they recognize the truth and the guilty party or parties.

Ruth Dueck

I will be eternally grateful for the Scriptural encouragement imparted to me through the ministry of IBLP.

Yesterday, while reading the medicine Resource in WB 17, I was so saddened to think, "All Bill needed to do, was to remember the meaning of his name, "protector."

Continuing in prayer,
Ruth Dueck

Jeff Gill

As a former ATI student, I want to add my voice to many, many others in asking Dr. Levendusky and the IBLP board to quickly appoint an expert third party to conduct a full investigation of the allegations against Mr Gothard. Please do not imagine that anything less will be considered credible or Christ honoring.

Carol White

I am praying that the board will still do the right thing and have an independent organization look into the matter. It would show a lot of transparency on their part and avoids looking like they are simply doing the same thing that happened 30 years ago. I grew up in ATI and pray they truly will evaluate the teachings that many others have shared as being extra biblical and destructive to following Christ. I have good memories of my time at a training center but have also taken years and to remove teachings that kept me in bondage to guilt and living trying to keep a long list of rules that I wad taught would keep me safe from satan and always in good standing with God. I have been able to search the scriptures and been blessed to be under pastors who have a good understanding of biblical exegesis and am happy to say that seeking Christ instead of a list of rules has been true freedom. The board is in my prayers.

Dr. Barry Hitchcock

I am praying for the board and for Rev. Gothard. I have great trust that all the prayers by the board are many and humbled. And are long and persistent in searching for God's wisdom and answers. Please trust God for your direction. There are many who would seek their own verdict in this matter. Let's all pray for God's own working in this situation.


I, also, would hope a fully independent investigation will be made in search of the truth. The truth does set people free, no matter how hard.

Randell Bracey

Our public court system affords defendants the benefit of the "innocent until proven guilty" assumption even though the press seems to ignore this public policy. Should the Church do less in light of the admonition to "think no evil" (I Cor. 13:5b). I will take the "wait and see" approach. No matter how many witnesses there are for the prosecution before investigation, they remain untested witnesses. "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." (I Thess. 5:21) A rush to judgment is typical of we who are fallen humans ourselves, but it is not characteristic of our wise God. "Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth." Prov. 19:2

M Gilbert

May God alone be sought, honored, and praised. God is our Defender. He alone will test the fruit from this ministry through the years. I, for one, am deeply grateful for how the Lord has used this ministry resource in my family's life. God is God and much bigger than any man's ministry. It is people who have made the principles legalistic - not Mr. Gothard. We have a responsibility to be Bereans. May he who has no sin cast the first stone. I am deeply grieved that Christians are the only ones who shoot their wounded. As for the alleged victims - applying the principles of God's Word bring healing and freedom - our God is a redeeming God and uses these things for GOOD in our lives. Why aren't we looking to the Lord for His healing rather than pointing fingers at those in the same foxhole as us?

Joanne Rohan

Matthew 5:
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Roy Magnuson

Our Father bless the Levendusky's with your wisdom. Anoint them by your Spirit for this hour to move boldly and Biblically forward that your name would be glorified, your people inspired and sanctified, and IBLP purified and more evangelistic than ever before. May sinning and grumpy and backbiting people have no influence or place in the revival of this, your work. And finally Oh Lord, we ask that any doctrine not wholly scriptural and therefore dangerous will be properly revised and tweaked so that the weak and innocent might be protected, the disciple might grow strong, virtuous and righteous and the mature in Jesus, the fathers might bear more fruit and lasting fruit for your kingdom of light. We praise and adore you Our Father in heaven for what you are now doing. May each one of us be humble and strong in the Lord, wearing each piece of the armour our brother Paul requires. Help us to be confessing Christians as well as meditating disciples of Jesus Christ our Lord. May His nine beatitudes take up their rightful place in our lives and in the theology of your church wherever it is in the whole world we pray in Jesus name. Amen.
Stand tall for Jesus Christ my friends!!
Roy G. Magnusson

Dr. Scott Grego...

Scott Downing:
March 28, 20:14

I am grateful to the Board of Directors for desiring to faithfully and Biblically work to resolve these issues. I and my family have been blessed greatly by the IBLP seminars and publications. We will continue to be blessed by them! We will be in prayer for Dr. Gothard, you as the Board of Directors and for all those who are deeply concerned to have these issues resolved. Here are some Scriptures to help in being sure that we, on the outside of this situation do not adopt a worldly "mob" attitude and judgmental spirit: "An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression. A man's pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit." (Proverbs 29:22-23) "He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he." (Proverbs 16:20)
"Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, YE WHICH ARE SPIRITUAL, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; CONSIDERING THYSELF, lest thou also be tempted." (Galatians 6:1)
We are thankful to God for all of the benefits we have received through Dr. Gothard's ministry. We pray that all who have any grievance will be heard and loved through the entire process. God will bring healing, for He alone is able.

Henry Jaegers

I attended the advanced seminar in 1978. During that time we had a pastors session. We, pastors asked him all kinds of questions that anyone could dare to ask. I was totally impressed with the candid and transparent way that he answered. The seminar was free to alumni and the hospitality and food were beyond generous. To me Bill Gothard is experiencing what Joseph experienced. His teachings surrounding the Sermon on the mount are more than academic. He had to understand them through experience. I have read the various allegations and they do not harmonize with what I know to be true. One question that no-one seems to ask is "Why if He was true to his wisdom did he not surround himself with protection against such abuses. I believe that he did and they can testify against such alleged abuses. I believe that my confidence in Bill is earned and I look eagerly for him to be cleared . I believe that truth shall prevail because the God of truth is who he serves. Henry Jaegers

Dr. Raymond C. ...

We love and respect IBLP and ATIA. We didn't agree with everything in these programs, but we grew in the LORD God and so did out children. God’s Word, the Bible, will prevail and guide those in leadership.

Ed Vise

Mr. Gothard would better be served by focusing on Mark 9.42, "But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea." These young, impressionable and innocent girls were scarred for life by his unwanted and unwarranted approaches. By the way they are no longer little girls, they are adult women and deserved to be treated with the respect they deserve.

My own life was positively influenced by Bill’s teaching on doing nothing that would give an impression of impropriety. He should have listened to his own advice and counsel. The board cannot allow this to be a repeat of 1980. As Paul instructed Timothy about errant ministers, "Do not receive an accusation against an elder except from two or three witnesses. Those who are sinning rebuke in the presence of all, that the rest also may fear." (1 Tim. 5.20). There are way more than 2 or 3 witnesses. The world is looking to this board to apply the scripture and what the seminars have been teaching for decades.

Mrs. Robert Truax

I believe that Dr. Gothard is innocent of allegations brought against him. He is a godly man who has devoted his whole life in service of the LORD. It saddens me to know that the Board accepted his resignation. Satan will do anything to destroy Dr. Gothard and this ministry. Will Satan means for evil God will work out for Dr. Gothard's good, Jesus sake, and His glory. I am praising God for the impact Dr. Gothard has had on my life. We all need to hold Dr. Gothard up in prayer.

Tim Jaycox

Certainly we should be praying during this time, that the truth will be manifest.

Art Shady

The world, and unfortunately God's people are very willing to attach unmercifully when such accusations are made. God's army is the only army that shoots their wounded. Many of the accusations as far as I can see are ambiguous, therefore it would be immature to comment until Brother Gothard has had an opportunity to tell his side.

There is one other element that I think many in the press and outside the ministry are failing to recognize, and that is this is bigger than Bill Gothard. He is a man and being a man is subject to like passions of all men. Thank God for the blood that cleanses us from ALL sin. The bigger picture is that this is not just about Brother Gothard, this is Satan wanting to stop a ministry that has been a thorn in his side for a half century. America, and families everywhere need the Institute for Basic Youth Conflicts. Let's not lose focus and make this only about Bill Gothard, but let us help Brother Gothard by showing humility toward him too.

Galatians 6:1-5 "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden."

Guy Cooksey

I found out about of Mr. Gothard's resignation yesterday. I was planning on having a Basic and Advanced seminar in August at my church (which I am privileged to pastor). However, due to what I am now reading, I have to cancel this seminar. I cannot have Mr. Gothard's name attached. I am sorry for all that has happened, but it does behoove this ministry Board to be absolutely thorough and above board when investigating these serious allegations. 34 eye-witness accounts, including 4 molestation accounts are, indeed, serious. We in the Body of Christ will be watching.

Paul Wilson

I am so grateful for the vulnerability demonstrated by Bill Gothard, and the interim leadership team appointed by the institute. These are not easy times for any of us.

Allegations like this are always serious, wherever they appear. I do fear, however, that some of us who point them out do not consider the extreme danger of bringing such allegations to the forefront. First this can bring great harm to the cause of Christ, and cause us to question God's own strategy in bringing the world to Christ.

Throughout History He has always used the weak and beggarly elements of the world to bring about His purposes.

I was one who found identification in the struggles of Bill as he shared them, amidst the many, many principles God gave him in the midst of his personal journeys with Christ and His Word over the years.

The apostle Paul called preaching foolishness - because it is that very thing that most of us grab on to! We need it, because we cannot appreciate truth, unless it comes in a package we can identify with.

Teachers even have more vulnerability than preachers at this point, because they are evaluated more closely, as Paul and James both indicate.

Bill himself warned us about this many times. And, yes, he has probably taken risks he should not have taken in the process. But, haven't we all done the same thing, and maybe even now?

To understand Christ, we have to understand the same dynamic at work, even in this.

I quote the apostle Paul. (2 Corinthians 5:21) "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."

He was accused, and every last one of us will face our own battle! May we all be More than Conquerors through Him that loved us!

Thank God for His unspeakable gift!

Paul Wilson

Jerry Wood

What ever happened to innocent till proven guilty? If everyone punished folk on allegations, none of us would survive. Self-righteousness abounds in the present day as in the past (crucify Him, crucify Him is still the first response to allegatons) Is there anyone that does not need mercy? I pray for Bill and the staff at IBLP as well as the accusers.

Daniel Greer

Dear Dr. Levendusky and IBLP Board,

Would it be possible to share with us a status report of the continuing review? For all of us who grew up in the ATI program, our legacy is strongly impacted by the resolution of these issues with Mr. Gothard. I'm sure there is communication with current ATI families and IBLP staff, but the thousands of students who graduated from the program are huge stakeholders as well. We would appreciate being kept up to date and involved in the resolution of these issues. I appreciate the complexity and delicacy of the issues facing the Institute at this time. Please do not allow Mr. Gothard's legacy or legal concerns to delay appropriate resolution and communication on these matters.


Daniel Greer

Mavis Judkins

When one reacts against the truth, the tendency is to 'kill the messenger'. I am waiting for God to 'bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.' God has used Bill's ministry GREATLY in our lives and our family. I am forever grateful!! I am praying for him during this great trial.

Ross Clark

1 Peter 4:17
My background is a Pentecostal one, and over the years the number of our own ministries which have gone south for the sort of things Mr Gothard has been charged with is significant. I thought, indeed, it was a problem specific to us as Pentecostals.

I know now that that is hardly the case, but one lesson I have learnt over the years is that attempts to cover something up (like the debacle in 1980) are often perceived as being a worse offence than the original offence. Could whoever is investigating these charges please keep that in mind.

John Royalty, DO

Whether he is a sinner or not, I know not. One thing I know, that before attending the basic youth seminar at Constitution Hall at the end of 1972 I was a college dropout with a D+ average – and a burned out rock and roller. In 1980 I was a physician. After finishing a one-year rotating internship in Allentown Pennsylvania I began practice in Fairfield Illinois – delivering babies, making house calls, and being paid in pecan pies. After paying off school debts I returned for more education, completing approved programs in general surgery, vascular surgery, and cardiothoracic surgery. I've been able to complete the board requirements for each training program and received a fifth board certification by the American Board of Quality Assurance Utilization Review Physicians. Was this a coincidence? I don't think so. It's been quite a ride for me.

Alfred Corduan

Don't worry, Daniel . . . ATI families are not being given any more information at the moment than anyone else. The board is quite busy, that I know. I suspect something will be happening soon, just based, again, on the pace of activity. Just pray that the Lord will straighten this out as only He knows how . . . for His name's sake. I am sure He will.

Gary Sellars

"I was raised to believe the Institute stood for principles, no matter how difficult or, even, damning the truth might be. I'm sorry to say that I've been a bit disappointed in the level of opaqueness demonstrated, thus far, concerning such serious allegations."

Excellent remark. When we raise high standards (as we ought), it's a given that we accept responsibility and accountability to those standards.

I have so much appreciated the IBYC, which became IBLP, and Bill Gothard's wisdom and insight in Scripture, along with what I remember as his humility in admitting and confessing some of his own faults in his journey.

I never appreciated his critics because *no one is perfect in their understanding of Scripture*--NO ONE, and the mean-spirited and uncharitable attacks against Bill were totally uncalled for.

However, when the accusations regarding propriety, covering sin, etc., came to light, that was an entirely different matter and while I'm very saddened and disappointed in the grievous errors it appears Bill has made, I still rejoice in the good that the ministry has accomplished in the past and hope Bill comes to a place of full repentance and restoration, because, the fact is, his sins are about on par with all the rest of us. This is why we are so grateful for our Wonderful Savior.

I encourage everyone to remember what our Lord told us so very clearly in Matt 7:1-5 and remember when we're examining anyone, we have been and are very likely to be again, in need of mercy and grace.

Vin Vaichus

We should care for Mr Gothard and pray for him just as if it was us in the same situation. I in no way make light of the allegations that are being made against Mr Gothard but even if they are true, we must remember it does not make any of the fruit that has been brought forth through Mr.Gothard years of service to our Lord Jesus any less valuable. A good tree bears good fruit; countless thousands have been changed by the biblical truths presented at IBLP seminars and through the literature. Those truths have not changed because a brother in the Lord may have sinned. We should not stop using the life changing seminars which are based on the truths of Gods word because a brother may have sinned. To make such a decision would be akin to not teaching from the Psalms anymore because David committed adultery and murder. If Mr. Gothard did these things God will work closely with him using mercy and grace to restore him as the Father to whom we know and trust always does when we have a broken and contrite spirit.

What we should NOT DO is stand in the temple as a Pharisee and say I am glad I am not like that publican over there. We are no better nor deserving of God's mercy and grace and we too have sin in our lives; lest you deny the Word of God which says as much. (If any man says he has no sin he is a liar.)

Mr. Gothard is a man; that's it, just like you and me and is loved by God and is forgiven such that he might not sin anymore. But ask yourself, if you are a man, how many times in this lust filled world have you looked a woman with lust in your heart. How many times have you taken a second look at a woman as she walked by? or you stared at her body? Be honest and look down in the dirt to see Jesus writing just how many times you are guilty of such sin before judging another. "Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things." The world is watching to see how we bring a brother along gently and in the same love that God showed you and me. To whom is forgiven much loveth much.

We are no better than anyone else and this is what the world needs to know. The world needs to know that this man of God, who if he sinned is guilty, but who has a city of refuge, in a Holy God. They need to see our compassion is new every morning just as our Saviour. The world needs to see Love in action by being patient, not keeping record of wrong, not rejoicing in evil, trusting, hoping, not being rude, rejoicing in the truth. The world needs to see that as SALT we bring a preserving effect to each other by restoring one another gently. The world needs to see a desire for restoration and not condemnation. A righteous man falls seven times but he gets up. At whatever point we judge another we condemn ourselves.

What did people say about David after he committed adultery and murder? Did people speak well of him? Did they gossip about him? Did they forget about his good deeds in those dark times? Well, what I can almost guarantee is that no one said:
"Now there is "a man after God's own heart" and I know that one day God will use sinful David to pen a large portion of the Holy Scriptures."

God's ways are not our ways; His thoughts are not our thoughts. MERCY TRIUMPHS OVER JUDGEMENT.

Just think how many more people in the world would be influenced for Jesus Christ if there were 50 men as dedicated to the gospel as Mr.Gothard.

Let's be careful how we treat a brother in Christ. We will be accountable for every word we speak...and oh how unruly the tongue is!

Our Lords favor,
Vin Vaichus

Don Rubottom

I commend IBLP for not screening out comments that are less than supportive of Bill Gothard. I pray that IBLP will be enabled to clear up all allegations and all claims regarding the teaching in a way that all will acknowledge as being humble and honorable. I also ask that IBLP post regular updates on any investigations and plans for reviews of teaching. I urge IBLP and all its adherents to put the Word of God and Obedience to Christ ahead of any man, any organization and any teaching of man or men. May the Grace of God rule in our hearts.

Robert W. Booth, Sr.

Having known Mr. Gothard since 1977 I am happy to give my testimony of the way the living Lord Jesus Christ used His servant to change my life for the better. I am also happy to say having worked with Mr. Gothard at the IBLP headquarters in 1986 I never once saw anything inappropriate in fact just the opposite. I saw a man totally committed to the will of God for his life and obedience to the commands given by God to all men, such as love your neighbor as yourself and love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, be born again, do not commit adultery, avoid all appearance of evil, remember the poor, help the weak, seek first the kingdom of God, let your light shine, abide in Christ, forgive one another, bear one another's burdens and many others. And in stepping down to seek reconciliation again the command of our Lord Jesus to leave your gift at the altar and go and be reconciled to any who has ought against you. From my perspective Mr. Gothard as he has sought to do all of his life is not only hearing what Jesus said, but doing it obediently as an example by seeking forgiveness and reconciliation.
As our Lord said in Mt 7:24 "Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:"

Mt.5:23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

Gary Sellars

Re: Mark Lawrence
" is also reasonable to conclude that if a person who wants to interpret Scripture has sinful habits or practices in his life that grieve the Holy Spirit and quench His power, the Holy Spirit will not reveal the truth of Scripture to such a person."

Twice in the OT and at least four times in the NT, the Scriptures say, "let every fact be established in the mouth of two or three witnesses," not "it is reasonable to conclude. . ." God speaks to whomever He chooses, whenever He chooses and the man is a liar who says, "God spoke to me because I do not sin," your eisegesis notwithstanding.

This is the age of grace. I know no man who doesn't sin, but when challenged on any sin, most Believers will not be quick to admit or humble themselves about the specific sin with which they've been confronted. It is evident, is it not, that our sanctification is a gradual process and "by faith, we wait for the hope of righteousness"? Gal 5:5

To suggest, impose or pretend that one's doctrine is in error because he sins is a bit strange and pretentious, since both these facts are evident: that no man is sinless and no man has perfect doctrine.


1 Corinthians 6:1-8

1 If any of you has a dispute with another, do you dare to take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the Lord’s people? 2 Or do you not know that the Lord’s people will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? 3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life! 4 Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, do you ask for a ruling from those whose way of life is scorned in the church? 5 I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers? 6 But instead, one brother takes another to court—and this in front of unbelievers!

7 The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? 8 Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers and sisters.

John Morris

I hope that the board (and everyone else, including me) realizes that these upheavals could have and should have been handled earlier. Having been in several churches, all of the upheavals, scandals, situations were not handled in the beginning. Thus, they lingered... gathering steam, allowing rumors to propagate, allowing emotions to swell, allowing trust in leaders to erode, and allowing the accused to become bolder in his actions. In every one of these situations, the accused denied any wrong doing when he was first approached, each leader was approached and confronted by the offended (as put forth in the Bible), subsequently, other leaders in the churches turned a deaf ear to reports of wrong actions on the part of the leader, and the body was injured due to those other leaders refusing to consider the reports with any grave concern for all parties concerned. Love does not allow us to let such situations fester, but fear, anger, and denial do.

Let us learn a lesson or ten when we consider the recent troubles within IBLP and repent for our failure to take Biblical action (in Biblical love) to end such non-Biblical situations..


May Dr. Levendusky NOT repeat the same mistake of Bill Gothard: Meeting alone, privately with ladies.

"Abstain from all appearance of evil." 1 Thessalonians 5:22


Just checking to see if new comments are being added.

Bill Hilburn

I am forever grateful for this ministry, since 1970. It took a long time to get it in my heart.

Lorraine LeMon

Searching through my library at Home for IBLP material on Relationships I was sadden to see the resignation of my brother Bill Gothard. I must admit this hurts my heart. I do not know whether the allegations are true but I do know that the word of God commends us as "Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted." I also realize that if the sin exists, the accused has to be willing to submit to the restoration is my prayer that those in charge make sure they have a plan of restoration in place....for often times we as Christian fail in this area....and as always...the World is watching. I love and cherish the work God wrought through this man and will pray for him and those left with the great responsibility of handling this matter. May they use the same measuring tools they would like to be measured by...for we are all but mortal men.

Julie Berry

I would like to see more updates concerning the situation of Mr. Gothard. I'm sure there are MANY of us that are just as interested in the process that seems to be taking forever to resolve. Please keep us informed.
Thank you.

Dale Friesen

I will always be thankful for this ministry. It has helped me soo much in soo many ways. Other than becoming a christen thirty-five years ago this has been the best thing that ever has happened to me. Never forget how Bill Gothard took care of my self and family through this ministry and we all grew in amazing ways. Gave me back the value I so desperately needed. Thank You IBLP (Bill Gothard)


May God bless all involved in this situation and give wisdom to everyone. Perhaps at this latter date things have already been resolved. May the Lord work in this situation whatever it may be. I have attended probably 7 or 8 basic seminars, a minister's seminar, an advanced seminar, and the anger seminar. I didn't agree with all of it but did learn much, thanks be to God.

Dr. Ron Unruh

I am now a retired pastor. In my early years my wife and I attended Gothard’s courses enthusiastically. Although I was aware years ago that Bill had resigned, I stumbled now on this page and I have surprised to read the promises of an update to this matter on this page in 2014, but with no such follow-up comments. Do you think this could be corrected so that it doesn’t reflect badly on the organization, as I believe it can right now. Thank you.


Pastor Unruh,

The future statement mentioned in this article was published on June 17, 2014, and can be accessed here. We continue to pray for and work towards reconciliation with those offended, but no other statements have been made.


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