Bill Gothard: The Biggest Conservative Fraud in Modern Times?

The following was a letter originally sent to our family and friends on January 12, 2015. Dear Family and Friends, I have not heard much from many of you about the events that have been exposed over the past year about Bill Gothard and his organization. It is time to break the silence and tell you what I know and where we as a family stand. If any of you, years ago, had seen some of the things that I am going to share with you, I wish you would…

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ATI: Designed Around a False Education “Principle”

The Advanced Training Institute (ATI) curriculum was promoted and sold to pastors and homeschool parents as the best homeschool curriculum in the world. Instead of being the best, it has failed horribly in many ways. The ATI curriculum was produced by Bill Gothard and his Institute in Basic Life Principles and was designed around a false education “principle” that produces results that are opposite of what Bill Gothard stated that they would be. I am writing this so that you or your family do not make the same mistakes that…

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Doug Phillips, Vision Forum and the Bigger Picture

Doug Phillips, the founder and leader of Vision Forum and a leader in the conservative homeschool movement, admitted to having a lengthy extra-marital affair with another woman. This was a bomb shell in the conservative home school community. Phillips was an extremely influential leader in the “Biblical Patriarchy” movement, a part of conservative evangelical Christianity that believes men should have “dominion” over women. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/07/doug-phillips-affair_n_4235191.html http://www.huffingtonpost.com/julie-ingersoll/doug-phillips-the-big-scandal_b_4195155.html The Closing of Vision Forum Ministries The Board of Vision Forum Ministries, on November 11, 2013, released a short one paragraph statement on their website…

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Contrary to Popular Opinion, College or Seminary Education is not Beneficial for Pastors

God is quite clear in many passages of Scripture, and through the example of Jesus, that higher education is not beneficial for pastors. Ignoring all that God has written about the subject, most churches require at least a college degree if not a seminary degree for their pastor. Subconsciously, the church has bought into the belief that the educated few hold the key to understanding the deeper things of Scripture and that Christians need to look to the educated, who are mere men, for answers to the difficult questions and…

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Home “Sunday Schooling”

The answer for the spiritual education of our children in the home church Training children and young people in the ways of the Lord is very important for passing on the faith to the next generation and to their children who follow. Building-based churches have used Sunday school and youth groups for years in an attempt to train children and young people. However, in the last 50 years or so, each succeeding generation trained in the church Sunday school has become more Biblically illiterate than the previous generation to the…

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Preparing for the Future of the Church

A proposed change in the Spiritual education of children and young people It is vitally important that we prepare now for the future of the church. How we train our children and young people has great bearing on the spiritual commitment of the next generation. God has high expectations and standards of conduct for our youth and young adults. Our intentions and motives have been right, but has the spiritual education in Sunday Schools, vacation Bible schools, Christian schools and church youth groups been consistently producing young people who are…

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The Key for Lasting Revival

One of the Godliest kings in the Bible was King Hezekiah. Hezekiah brought about a great spiritual revival and reformation in Judah. God tells us this about him: “And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father did. He removed the high places, and broke the images, and cut down the groves, and broke in pieces the brazen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called…

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Totally Rethinking Church, Part 1: Stepping “Out of the Box”

(Note: The purpose of these articles on Totally Rethinking Church is not to incite a rebellious attitude against the established church or encourage an elitist attitude; but to stimulate your thinking to look at the Scriptures and evaluate the church, so that you can help make the church more like Christ would have us to be.) Millions of Christians in the last several years have been totally rethinking what “church” is and are looking for a deeper relationship with Christ. A spiritual revolution and revival is quietly sweeping across America…

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Totally Rethinking Church, Part 2: Sheep – A Key to Understanding God’s Design for the Church

For many years, I felt like I was not being fed spiritually at church as much as I wanted to be. Many Sundays I felt like I was given skim milk instead of real meat that I could sink my teeth into. The meetings, activities, and teaching responsibilities in the church always kept me busy, but they did not really satisfy my spiritual longings. Little did I realize that I would have to become a farmer to understand God’s answer. Many of the truths in the Bible are given using…

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Totally Rethinking Church, Part 3: A Refreshing Change for Church Leadership

The caring “pasture” shepherd pastor that is God’s plan for Church leadership is the type of pastor that we all have a deep longing for. God’s design for church leadership is much different than what we find in most conventional “feedlot” style, building based churches today. It requires a total reprogramming of our minds of what Spiritual leadership is and how it is carried out. In the process of changing the format of worship from a church building to a house church, we have the opportunity to totally rethink what…

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