Bill Gothard: The Biggest Conservative Fraud in Modern Times?

The following is based on a letter originally sent to our family and friends on January 12, 2015. Updated Response to Gothard lawsuit at the end. 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…

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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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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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How to Turn the Hearts of Fathers to Their Children

The Importance of Turning the Hearts of Fathers to Their Children God sent John the Baptist to prepare people for lasting revival so that the church would endure after Jesus returned to Heaven. Jesus’ ministry lasted only three years. At the end of those three years, the revival that began has continued for two thousand years. What God said that John the Baptist would do to prepare the people for Jesus, was to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of children to their fathers.…

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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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Why “Decidedly” Godly Music?

We are excited about the blessings of singing and listening to decidedly Godly music. There is a growing trend of people who are realizing the real value of pure, decidedly Godly music in the church and in the home; music that is not tainted with the music styles that have been used to worship Satan. Our God is a musical God. He enjoys singing (Zeph. 3:17) and listening to singing and music. Music existed before the world began, and Heaven in eternity future will be filled with music. Music has…

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What Music Should Children Listen To?

It is important that children listen to and sing hymns and other Godly music that we normally think of as being for adults, in addition to songs that are geared for children. In fact, children need to be saturated with hymns and other decidedly Godly music. Here is why: Children learn a lot about God through the songs they sing and hear. Hymns are rich with spiritual truths. Many hymns in four or five verses will have 25 or more different spiritual truths that are expressed, while many children’s songs…

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Music for Children

Children love music. A happy child is a singing child who sings and hums as he works or plays. When my wife and I sang in a choral group, one of the things that impressed us was that the singing captivated the attention of four and five year olds for an hour and a half. Music ministers to all age levels in a way that preaching and teaching can never do. The music that you and your children sing and listen to is more important than you may realize. The…

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How to Make Spiritual Truths Stick in Your Mind

The songs that we sing and listen to permanently shape our understanding of who God is and what the Christian life is all about. It is readily recognized among educators that information in song form is easier to remember. It has been stated that “What’s learned in song is remembered long.” Songs that children learn are remembered the rest of their lives. Once a tune is learned a person never totally forgets it. It will always be familiar. The well known song writer Philip P. Bliss once said: “Preaching is…

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