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Bill Gothard Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Investigation

(UPDATED) Family-focused speaker whose Wheaton course became a seminar phenomenon faces allegations from more than 30 women.
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Update (Mar. 10): The full text of the ministry email revealing Gothard's resignation can be read here, courtesy of Homeschoolers Anonymous, which broke the news.

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Update (Mar. 6): Bill Gothard has resigned from the Institute in Basic ...

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Jeff Gill

March 13, 2014  7:07am

Unless and until further information emerges, please don't think that the review being conducted by IBLP is anything but an attempted whitewash. They have asked David Gibbs to conduct the review. He is a long time associate of Gothard. He is speaking at their family conferences this year. And he has been associated with the wrong team in previous church sexual misconduct cases. So far IBLP have shown no visible interest in finding out the truth.

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Jim Rolf

March 10, 2014  4:36pm

Lee Hall, "Thirty women? Come on! That alone sounds bogus to me." Actually, to me it is compelling. If you want more details, see extensive history from many of these 30 women here: http://www.recoveringgrace.org/ jim

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Lee Hall

March 09, 2014  11:17am

Dear Wendy, you might want to know a little more about the man and what he teaches personally before you criticize him so broadly in a public forum. It appears you only know a little bit from second-hand experience in your home. To speak of "Gothardism" is surprising. Gothard is a fundamentalist and it is only your own world-view that gives that word a positive or negative twist. Fundamentalists are a large part of the Christian church and should be treated respectfully. Whistle-blowers abound and anyone who serves in a public manner is subject to them. I, too, would like more information on the actual allegations and will be surprised if they are ever released to the public because they are likely to be insubstantial. Thirty women? Come on! That alone sounds bogus to me.

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James Cowles

March 09, 2014  10:46am

I wonder if focusing on Matthew 5:23-24 is the Gothard equivalent of "spending more time with my family".

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James Cowles

March 09, 2014  10:41am

@ Rick Dalbey ... "But most of us survived. Except my buddy James C. What I learned is once born again, we are responsible to our conscience. No man can over-ride your personal God-given convictions. The Holy Spirit is more powerful than we give Him credit for." The Gothard cult was one of the factors in my de-conversion to atheism -- ONLY one factor, but still ONE. So I mustn't be TOO vehement in my execration of Billy G. & Christo-fascism. Daily I thank the FSM -- that moves in mysterious ways, Its wonders to perform -- for using Gothard & Co. for that.

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