Institute in Basic Life Principles

Giving the World a "New" Approach to Life!

A Time of Transition

Dear Friends and Supporters,
We are grateful for your prayers and patience as we have all walked through these difficult months. As Board members, each of us has been positively impacted by the relationships, teachings, and opportunities available through the Institute in Basic Life Principles. It is because of our appreciation for this ministry that we agreed to serve on the Board of Directors. We also recognize our duty as Board members, and we bring this statement with great heaviness of heart.
In response to allegations against Bill Gothard, the Board sought the facts through a confidential and thorough review process conducted by outside legal counsel. Many people were interviewed, including former Board members, current and past staff members, current and past administrators, parents, and family members.

At this point, based upon those willing to be interviewed, no criminal activity has been discovered. If it had been, it would have been reported to the proper authorities immediately, as it will be in the future if any such activity is revealed.

However, the review showed that Mr. Gothard has acted in an inappropriate manner, and the Board realizes the seriousness of his lack of discretion and failure to follow Christ’s example of being blameless and above reproach. As a Christian leader, he is to avoid the appearance of evil (I Thessalonians 5:22), and he must have a good reputation, even with those outside the Church (I Timothy 3:7).
We believe God still desires to use Bill Gothard for His work in the Kingdom of God, but we also believe it is important that he be held to the high standards clearly taught in the Scriptures and upheld by this ministry. At this time the Board unanimously agrees that Mr. Gothard is not permitted to serve in any counseling, leadership, or Board role within the IBLP ministry.
We also know that the Word of God teaches that believers should have a good conscience toward God and men (Acts 24:16). We want to encourage reconciliation within families and are very supportive of efforts toward reconciliation with Mr. Gothard or with IBLP. The Board is asking that Mr. Gothard submit to and cooperate with a team of Christian leaders who will direct his reconciliation process.

The Board does not believe that Mr. Gothard’s shortcomings discredit the truths of God’s Word that were taught through him. All of us are reminded of our need to look to Jesus and to His Word “for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (II Timothy 3:16). We are committed to evaluating each part of the ministry on the basis of God’s Word, and we encourage everyone to search the Scriptures to determine what is true, as did the Bereans (see Acts 17).

We look forward to doing all we can to advance the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and to strengthen the local Church. We dedicate ourselves to help build up families and individuals in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We are seeking and praying for a new permanent president for the IBLP ministries. Please pray with us to this end.
Sincerely in Christ,

Board of Directors                     
Institute in Basic Life Principles



Praise the Lord. Ours prayers have been answered, both in the love shown to a man we deeply respect and appreciate and in the firmness and seriousness that our Christian principles and service to the Lord demand. We affirm this board decision and and particularly in the careful distinction between our humanness and the value of the Godly teachings we all have benefited from. It is with fear and trembling that we commend you all for such a balanced and godly path taken. our prayers continue with you and with Bill.

Chris Nicolls

Matthew chapter 7, verses 15 thru 27: "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

24Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

F. Edwards

I cannot believe that it took the Board 3 months to come up with this statement; this is unacceptable.

"Many people were interviewed, including former Board members, current and past staff members, current and past administrators, parents, and family members." Were there no students interviewed? Who was this outside counsel? If it was David Gibbs, he clearly is not "outside" as I saw him in a picture slide show of this year's Big Sandy and he has a long history with IBLP. That is no way, shape or form "outside counsel." Who is this team of Christian leaders that Mr. Gothard is submitting to? I feel like this statement is simply a smoke screen, and not forthcoming at all.

I hope to hear something more transparent and honest soon from the Board.


It seems to me that Bill is the root/cause of many people's bitterness. Read Righteous Indignation.the root needs to be cut off.

Again, since responses are being kept private, you have obviously retreated behind the veil of silence.

Men and Women of God are bold and courageous. You guys are wimps and not to be trusted.


Thank you for this and the Godly way you all have handled the entire situation over the past several difficult months. IBLP, the conferences, seminars, Mr. Gothard's teaching, memories of working at HQ and other ATI facilities was a blessing in my life and continues to be. I often refer back to notes I took during sessions with Mr. Gothard at Counseling Seminars or other events. They have guided and shaped my life in very positive ways and I'm grateful for all God taught me through him. Thank you, to Mr. Gothard for his heart for God and others and thank you to the IBLP staff for continuing on with the ministry that is furthering God's Kingdom in so many ways. I respect you all and am praying for God's blessing & protection over the ministry. ~Monica DeMass

Rachel Wilson

To whoever reads this: obviously they will not allow themselves to be lowered in such a way as to consider publishing anything such as this.

David Gibbs Jr. is NOT "outside legal counsel". It is well known that he has been a close friend of the organization for years- he is a speaker at the ATI conferences for pete's sake. This might as well have been called a completely internal investigation. Therefore, the "results" of this "investigation" will NOT be accepted.

We knew your statement would read this way. Slippery, smooth, defensive words which are only meant to make IBLP save face and still appear good. Even still, I found it hard to believe that at a grievous and somber time such as this, you would choose to open up your letter with praise for yourselves. I almost feel the awkwardness in that for you.

The most shocking, though not surprising thing, is the glaringly obvious lack of any kind of grief for the victims or even any hint of an apology! How hard is it to say "I'm sorry"? When we read the Gospels we see Jesus give us a completely different way of treating people than what has been demonstrated here. It's there in the Scriptures, the New Testament, you are free to read for yourselves.

There is also a complete failure to call sin what it is: "sin". Wow. Also, what exactly does this "reconciliation" look like? Surely you understand that this disqualifies him from ministry forever? Surely you do not intend to continue this organization which is solely based on his teachings? And you realize that between the spiritual abuse, sexual harassment, etc., the many thousands he needs reconciliation with will not accept it before an acknowledgement of his sin and repentance?

I do not speak as one "bitter" about an "experience". I am an adult who spent years in ATI, but it took me even more years away before I even thought to look back and see what was there. What I found shocked me. The twisting and misuse of Scripture at the foundation of the teachings is shocking. For the first time in my life I have been able to begin processing the spiritual abuse and confusion caused by this man and by those who have lifted up his teachings for 50 years.

I hurt and pray for the countless who have turned away from Jesus due to these false teachings, described in Galatians. I am praying for you as well, as you are some of the still blinded, and I pray for so many young people in ATI who have no voice, especially those who, like myself once, do not realize that they do not have a voice.

Greg Smith

As someone who has been blessed by the Basic Seminar, I don't feel like the ax has been taken to the root and I fear that the remaining root will continue to slowly eat away at any remaining voice IBLP had (Matt. 3:10). Sin has been committed - confession must be made to foster a better opportunity for forgiveness and forward progress. I am not accusing the board of this, but I can't help but feel they are more concerned with protecting the ministry rather than the TRUTH. Admit fault, release finances and property (if necessary) - rebuild on a strong foundation of pure, accountable TRUTH for the sake of the King and His soon coming Kingdom.

Gloria Brewster

Thank you for your response. We are praying for all involved.

Linda-Lee Bowman

Thank you for your sincere effort to enter into a conciliatory effort between IBLP/ATI ministry and families who have been sinned against, as well as the public at large, attendees of the ministry, who have been indirectly sinned against by way of cover-up. My husband and I attended probably a dozen or more seminars in the earliest years of the ministry and fielded much criticism for it among our more knowledgeable brothers and sisters in Christ. We were young Christians, fairly new to the local church, and were unable to adequately discern the weaknesses and misleading content of the material offered at IBYC. We did grow in the Lord especially through the concepts of maintaining a clear conscience, seeking forgiveness continually, which strengthened our marriage, and being instructed in the 8 callings of God with regard to suffering. Eventually through solid Bible teaching in an excellent church, we outgrew our infatuation with the seminars. Nevertheless we were horribly grieved at the sin being shouted from the rooftops in the past months through Recovering Grace, which God Himself sovereignly orchestrated. Truly, those who teach the Word shall incur a stricter judgment. "No creature is hidden from His sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account." (ESV)

Three of your statements, I believe, obfuscate serious issues.

1) "At this time the Board unanimously agrees that Mr. Gothard is not permitted to serve in any counseling, leadership, or Board role within the IBLP ministry." That indicates to me that he could even now be present in the ministry in some non-leadership and/or non-counseling role. If not that, it certainly sounds as if when the nebulous "this time" passes, the possibility of his participation or leadership will become a probability and then a reality. At the very least, the door is open.

2) "We are committed to evaluating each part of the ministry on the basis of God’s Word..." Regardless of the absence of legal violation of sexual misconduct, due to the statute of limitations and a less refined definition of sexual harrassment at the time of the "inappropriate conduct," there has been a more serious violation of God's Word: the absence of a standard for evaluating sin in the ministry according to Jesus' words. "Beware of the SIN of the Pharisees, which is HYPOCRISY." (Lk. 12:1) What Mr. Gothard did for decades was beyond inappropriate behavior. It was sin. Surely the functioning Board at that time was aware of the continual hypocrisy, as were so many others, including Gary Smalley. It was sin to teach and require a standard of staff, volunteers and others, calling it Biblical truth, which Mr. Gothard refused to impose on himself, and which others in leadership refused to impose on themselves. He violated the warning by the apostle Peter that those who shepherd the flock of God must not do so by domineering (lording it over -- KJV) those under their charge, nor for any shameful gain. (I Peter 5:2-3) Certainly Mr. Gothard's gain, in terms of his reknown reputation as a Bible teacher and the burgeoning ministry that resulted, was shameful.

3) "We dedicate ourselves to help build up families and individuals in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ." Since the ministry is based entirely on legalistic teachings and requirements in opposition to an understanding of Biblical grace, it is nearly impossible for me to understand how this goal of the Board will be accomplished through a continued ministry of IBLP, using the same foundational prinicples. I suggest that the best way to minister to families and individuals through the IBLP/ATI is to shut it down. That would be extending grace to all who have been affected.

You wrote, "All of us are reminded of our need to look to Jesus and to His Word “for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (II Timothy 3:16)." I trust you will receive in good will my admonitions by pointing you to the reproof and correction of the scriptures. May they indeed instruct you in righteousness as you seek to be conciliatory agents and ambassadors of the Lord Jesus Christ.

A joint heir of the grace of God with you, and a true servant of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Linda-Lee Bowman


I was wondering what, "outside legal counsel" was used?


Either allow comments to be posted or remove the option entirely. 100% censorship is very suspicious and juvenile.


The official response from IBLP is nauseating to me. (And speaking of inappropriate—that too!) This is not the time to highlight the good IBLP thinks they have accomplished and the glorious "plan of God" to use Bill Gothard in future days or to over spiritualize the matter with many quotes of Scripture!! This is a time to acknowledge the sick and twisted damage that has occurred under the watchful eye of Bill (all in the name of God!) and the mutated long-term results of implementing his teachings. Replacing Bill with a new president does not fix the broken system and upside down theology that still leaves the door wide open for many forms of abuse. In the days of Internet it is impossible for one (who wants to know) to be entirely ignorant of the spiritual, emotional and mentally devastating long-term effects of ATI/IBLP. If the board members can give such a positive spin to their long coming statements after their “diligent search,” then their research of these matters are either biased or entirely incomplete. Every story that has been told represents hundreds more still silenced in their mental and spiritual prisons.

Dear IBLP Board Members,
Please quit blinding yourselves! Must you wait to face the truth until this generation AND the next breaks out of their silence? Don’t brush us off as simply “bitter.” Know that we were the central hub of Bill’s great experiment. We lived, breathed, gave up our best years and built our futures on these “biblical” teachings during the most formative time of our lives! If that isn’t enough for our stories to be taken seriously then you simply don’t want to know the truth. If you are well meaning, as I believe you are, then take time to REALLY look and understand. Open your eyes and please stop this insanity. You could be a part of preserving the future of those to follow.

Sincerely, Marla

Ron Stauffer

Dear IBLP,
I've followed this matter for a while now. I'm disappointed that you have presented Mr Gibbs as "outside" anything. He is your legal counsel, he is NOT an outside "investigator" which is I think what you are implying.
You would do well to hire a truly independent outside investigative team like GRACE as was done at BJU. Your reputation and the cause of Christ is damaged by such a closely guarded process as you have applied.
I have been a prison chaplain and have used the IBLP materials for a residential program in prison. But my inmates can smell deception and "smoke and mirrors" a mile away, because they have used this in their criminal lives. Your so-called "investigation" does not pass the smell test.
I cannot in good conscience continue to use your materials for teaching my children any longer either until after a truly independent investigation is completed.
Until then I will advise anyone within my circle of influence accordingly.

Ronald D Stauffer
father of nine, pastor, past chaplain

Dr ThomasbL Mather

We will be praying with you and for you. I appreciate the Biblical stand you are taking. May Gods Grace direct you in all you do


Is it possible that Mr. Gothard will still be allowed to write and publish more "principles" that will continue to lead even more away from a sincere devotion to Christ?
This is a disappointing response from 5 men entrusted with being a catalyst for healing for so many. Please do not stoop to the tactics of Mr. Gothard by refusing to deal honestly with this sin.

Eduardo Lopez

The greatest spiritual influence in my family and in my life has come through the teachings and writings of Bill Gothard. I am forever grateful to God for this humble man, though flawed like you and me. Because of his personal sacrifices in diligently seeking God’s wisdom, now I have a fruitful ministry. I could have never discovered the answers to life’s most difficult challenges apart from IBLP. I am confident the Lord is writing the last and most exciting chapter in Bill’s life.

Dr Gary Kuhn

Our prayers are with Mr. Gothard and IBLP.

Jennifer Utz

Thank you for how you are handling this delicate situation. The ministry has been a blessing to myself and my family. I have been in prayer for the ministry and Mr.Gothard and I will continue to uplift each in prayer. May God bless you!

Raquel Werk

Beautiful response!! So proud of your wisdom and integrity!!! Thank you!!

kim G



Hello I believe that after proper repentance and reconciliation occurs the board should seriously consider reinstating Bill Gothard. Proper accountability of each IBLP staff member would require the board to develop internal safeguards and procedures to prevent any improper conduct between staff. Lets face the facts, the LORD does not have any perfect people to work through. They are all sinners.

Richard Short

This is regarding Mr. Bill Gothard. I don't all the facts about what he has said and done, but I used to work under Doug Phillips with The Vision Forum, Inc., and I know what he did. I would hope that for whatever Mr. Gothard did, he has repented before God and man (particularly with those involved for whatever he did) and that he is seeking to do whatever it takes to make things right. I hope and pray that the board of IBLP will search the Scriptures and make sure that all should be done is done, as to the Lord as directed in His Word. Please let Mr. Gothard know that he is in our prayers. May all involved be loving, honest, truthful, forgiving, gracious, and always looking to Christ and the Word of God for all that is said and done.

We live in a world that scorns God when we who profess Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior fall into sin. May we seek the Lord and His grace.


Hello! I went to my first IBLP seminar when I was 15 years old and I am now well over 50. I have been back several times over the years and have been very blessed by the IBLP teachings and Bill Gothard's service.
When I read some of the comments here, all I can say is "Wow".
A few of these comments are a disgrace and some of the writers really ought to go back to the Basic Seminar. This time they should pay close attention to the sections on judging and bitter envy.
I also read some of the accusations made against Mr. Gothard by the young women on another web site. Apparently they felt they had missed out on something in the youth of their lives because of the IBLP teachings. I believe what they missed out on was worldliness, sin, dispair, and darkness. Some of the testimony by the young women is also a bit contrary to what Mr. Gothard replied with. Throughout life I think we have learned how easy it is to both misunderstand others and be misunderstood ourselves. If I have to choose who to believe about the details of an incident between an emotional teenager (or bitter parent) and Mr. Gothard, that choice is very easy.
Again, I thank God for Mr. Gothard and his ministry and hope and pray for God's perfect will in his future.


Just checking to see if new comments are being added.

Robert William ...

In the mouth of two or three witnesses let every fact be confirmed. Render unto God the things that are God's. 1Pe 2:17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. Ro 13:7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

I worked for Mr. Gothard in Oak Brook in 1986. I never once saw any inappropriate behavior whatsoever. However, I did see Mr. Gothard read his Bible. I did hear him pray. I did see him inspire many good works in others such as Mr. Jim Sammons and Mr. Gary Fraley. I did see him get up very early to be at his office to work with Mr. Fraley on the ATI curriculum to labor for many families 16 hours a day or more in order to give them an alternative to sending their children to public schools. I did experience in my life a greater desire to live for Jesus Christ and to turn away from evil. I have known Mr. Gothard since 1977 and I have never seen him cross the line with any young or older lady but rather I have seen him treat many ladies with the utmost respect and gentlemanly conduct. The words of the Lord Jesus come to mind with regards to stone throwers.
John 8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. 8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
While we all know all have sinned and come short of the glory of God including you, me and Mr. Gothard, we also know Mr. Gothard taught in every seminar all have sinned. I never recall Mr. Gothard ever saying all have sinned but him. I never recall Mr. Gothard claiming or teaching that he was exempt from sin. While he did teach on God given authority he also taught on going to those PRIVETLY who have offended you, as well as taking one or two more with you when necessary and even to the church when necessary. I for one would have to disagree with the individuals who have made it their mission in life to defame such a man who has given his life to serving others. As a part of the bride of Christ myself I must say I have never witnessed what some are stating on the web. Is Mr. Gothard perfect? Of course not. No one is and he never once claimed to be but regularly taught all have sinned and that Jesus Christ is the only one who can forgive sin and be the true Lord of one's life. Mr. Gothard never once led me to believe he was the center of the universe but rather taught me to examine the scriptures for myself. More than once I have disagreed with Mr. Gothard and told him so and why. And yet I know God has used this man to literally save thousands if not millions from an eternity in Hell. And in the final analysis from the Judge of all the earth I believe Mr. Gothard is going to hear very clearly WELL DONE THOU GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT! No he is not perfect but neither are you and neither am I. If you are without sin, then please keep on throwing the stones, otherwise, be wise and turn and walk away and let it be for God to judge.

Jesus said if you do not forgive from your heart neither will you be forgiven. Are you going to let the offenses of others keep you from receiving eternal life in heaven, peace on earth and a merry heart? Mr 11:26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
Lu 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
Matthew 18:32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy.

Carol Perry

Sounds like some of you need the lesson on turning bitterness to forgiveness. Bill Gothard is not infallible. As long as we live in this world we will be hurt, and yes even some of our leaders are the ones who will hurt us. Beware of bitterness.

Rick Brewster

How shocking it is to see these self righteous people posting on this blog. Especially the ones that said they were misled by Mr. Gothard after attending several of his seminars. I for one, can attest to the biblical truths and principles that Bill taught throughout his basic and advanced seminars. From his lonely beginnings working with troubled youth gang members, to the establishment of IBYC, to his expansion of programs in Russia, and beyond, the LORD had His hand on Mr. Gothard.
I can see the evil in the words of those who have left twisted lies in print on here for all to see. Calling out Bill like he was satan himself is sickening. All of you self righteous hypocrites make me want to vomit. You remind me of what Jesus said in John 8:7.
There was only one perfect man to walk the face of the earth and it wasn't Bill Gothard. The sins of a man can be forgiven by someone greater than yourselves. And those sins, whatever they might be, doesn't mean the work of the man during his entire life was bad or unworthy to be upheld in the highest regards.
Again, the wolves are on here, crouching by the door, waiting to devour a great Christian man who may have sinned. I hope you all are convicted enough to judge yourselves by the same standards as you have judged Bill Gothard and his institute. I'm reminded of the Jews, the Pharisees, the keepers of the law in Luke 23:20-24 and I see you indignant hypocrites standing before Pilate shouting for Bill's life and his blessed accomplishments. I pity all of you who are casting stones at such a godly man. I tremble to think how you are representing yourselves to the LORD and I would not want to be in your shoes. Romans 3:23
There are a few biblical issues that I have disagreed with Mr. Gothard on, but none would cause me to doubt the sincerity, integrity, honesty or spirituality of Bill's life, teachings, or his programs.
You all can judge Mr. Gothard and condemn his entire life's efforts. You can judge his actions. If he has sinned, then that's between him and the LORD. I trust the Board of Directors to address whatever shortcomings Bill may have brought upon himself. Bill is an honorable man, and the LORD sets the example on how to ask for forgiveness. I'm sure Bill has taken care of any sin or trespasses he may have committed and those who may have been effected by such transgressions.

I agree with the comments presented above by AC on the 10th of February 2015. I, too, would like to thank Mr. Gothard and his ministry for everything that they have done for me throughout my life. The seminars seemed to come about at times when I needed them most. I wish they still came to town like they used to. God bless you Mr. Gothard as He surely has.

Andrew Yoder

I praise God for what He has done in our early married life through IBLP. For us it truly was Christ's teachings in shoe leather. I said from the very start if we put our trust in a man, we will be let down. If I could say that I have never sinned as a man by having lustful thoughts, and allowed the flesh to take me into vulnerable territory, unintentional misleading words or actions, pride, selfishness, and the list could go on, then I could accuse or judge my brother. We are fighting a spiritual warfare. I am praying that the ministry will not let these bitter accusations destroy the work that has shined the light in this dark world.

Dr. Gary Kuhn

I made a comment Saturday July 19th 2014. Today, June 14th 2018 after reading so many of these comments again my heart is sad...
I want heard the comment, "Christians are the only ones who shoot there wounded." I'm inclined to believe that it might be true after reading the majority that would support the statement. Sad!

Ruth Fairrington

My heart is heavy as I have just read all these letters. I volunteered many years for IBLP in the 60s and decades later. The people I signed up to attend were always thankful for the principles they learned. I am still giving out the triangle ... GOD at the at the left corner and the person or problem at the right corner! I'd always tell the kids...or adults..."it's hard to do but God will help you!"!!! I pray God will bless in his 80's!!!
Ruth Fairrington

Dennis Siracusa

I've been through the Basic Youth Conflicts seminars twice and the Advanced Seminars twice. I have the Character Sketches books and Volume one and two Men's manuals. Two things occur to me today. 1. I have watched a spider outside my kitchen window for the last two weeks and just yesterday, looked through Bill's God inspired materials to see what spiritual lessons he might have gleaned from spiders. So far I haven't found what I hoped for. Second, a pastor taught me a long time ago that we all need to review spiritual lessons over and over because "we leak." In Patrick Morley's book "The Man In The Mirror," he wrote about our need to lead "self examined lives." From what I see above, there is a lot of leaking going on and not enough self examining. At 71, I've learned that I can only do something valuable for God's kingdom, if I allow God to do it through me. Bill Gothard figured that out. I'm finally getting it about myself and the men I met with a breakfast today are getting it too. For my part I would love to talk to Bill about any of his perspectives. None of us is perfect; not even close. I know how to take that into consideration and affirm people for the good and positive they are doing and capable of doing. If Bill is only good for a whipping post and for a garbage heap, I guess I must be too.

Dennis Siracusa

I've been through the basic seminar and advanced seminar twice. For two weeks I've been watching a spider outside my kitchen window so I searched my Character Sketches books to see if Bill and his team printed anything on the connection between spiders and God's kingdom. I didn't see anything yet. As I looked for more current materials on the IBLP site, I was sad to see what has happened to Bill for the last four years and sickened by the shredding I appear to see in some of the comments on this site. I'm 71 and have learned that we all need to lead daily "self examined lives. Patrick Morley wonderfully notes it in "the Man In The Mirror." I don't know and don't need to know what has spawned the harsh comments I've read above. What I don't see is forgiveness, affirmation, prayer for recovery and a willingness to draw on positive Godly reserves that Bill probably still has. Since 1973 most of us have sat back while over 50 million babies have been butchered in our country. I guess we've gotten pretty used to throwing babies out with the bathwater.

Tom Luther

Deep in the recesses of my top dresser drawer is a button with PBPGINFWMY: Please be patient, God is not finished with (any of us) yet. That sums up the endless stressful comments above.

Lisa Swanson

I am not sure what the allegations against Bill Gothard were. But I can testify to the incredible value I have received throughout my lifetime from the Biblical principles, wisdom and valuable insights learned through Bill Gothard. His pursuit of truth and wisdom and insight into God's ways and principles has powerfully influenced not only my life but also has been used by the Lord to deeply minister to the lives of others. I attended Institute in Basic Youth conflicts and other Advanced seminars since I was 15 years old and am now in my 60's. Bill Gothard was a personal friend of our family. All we ever witnessed was genuine integrity and humility. I personally had to work through legalism and some distorted truths to gain the rich insight and to be able to live it out and pass it on to others n a healthy way.

Dana McMichael

So many of these comments are sooo disappointing. It must be amazing to live a perfect flawless life and to be able to throw stones at a brother who obviously fell prey to a tactic of the enemy. Yes, believers are responsible for what they do; but they are as much victims of the works of the enemy as are unbelievers, and deserve the forgiveness that came to us at such a dear price as a Savior's life-blood. "70 X 7" is the rule Messiah himself said to his disciples. I don't see "1" in very many of these posted comments.

I attended several Basic Youth Conflicts conferences as well as several All Day Minister's Seminars over 20 years ago; and there was no disputing the humility of heart of Bill Gothard and his pure desire to advance the lives of many believers in their walk in the Spirit. It is not difficult for me still to honor him this day, and to forgive his failures, I would not hesitate to listen to the insights the Holy Spirit has given him these past few years. It is after times of great turmoil and failure that we are made vulnerable to learn some of the greatest lessons of our lives. To deny the opportunity to learn from someone who has learned through such a crucible of fire is to not understand how the Body of Messiah works and to deny the most precious of fruit.

Be blessed, Bill Gothard. You are greatly loved by the Father and by many who are still pleased to call you brother.

Gary Kuhn

Tom and Dana I agree with you both.
My wife and I attended 25 years of IBLP and two advanced seminars several all day pastor seminars. Bill gothard will forever have a place in our heart and gratitude for his teaching of God's Word.
As I heard one say, And after reading above along with 50 years in ministry I'm inclined to believe statement I heard. "Christians are the only ones who shoot their wounded.,"
Inclined to believe there's some truth to that. We have the written word so shame on us. He that is without sin cast the first stone.

Wanda Purvis

I came here today not realizing it has been 7 years since all the rebuke against Mr. Gothard was written. My time is being spent in the Mediation & Memorization Journal from the Commands of Christ series. I am working on the command “Rejoice”. Thank you Mr. Gothard for being a spiritual father to me. I am 69 and will always value your ministry and hope to tell you in person in Heaven someday. You helped me understand Biblical principles and see our Lord Jesus Christ as the most important person in my life all of these years. I am thrilled to write this to you.

Add new comment