Blessed Are the Ex-Peacemakers: Bill Fields War on the Church

(This originally appeared in the Summer/Fall 2001 edition of the MCOI Journal, Beginning on page 8) Back in the late 1980s, Joy and I were discussing a personal issue and felt the need to get some solid spiritual advice. We thought the input of a godly Christian professional would be helpful, so we asked our senior pastor for the name of a good Christian counselor outside the church. He referred us to Bill Fields, president … Continue reading

Bill Gothard’s Double Standards

Recovering Grace is a website which hosts discussions of the teachings of Bill Gothard and his Institute in Basic Life Principles. They do this in an effort to help those who have been hurt by Gothard’s legalistic and authoritarian teachings. On February 19, 2016, Recovering Grace was forwarded a letter which had been sent to an attorney representing a number of individuals who have filed suit against Bill Gothard and the Institute. This letter was … Continue reading

Bill Gothard’s Powerless Gospel

(This originally appeared in the Winter 2001 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 10) By Dr. Harry Adams Christianity is the faith of the cross. “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ”(Gal. 6:14). The sufferings of Christ obtained for us what we could never obtain by ourselves with respect to salvation and sanctification. Therefore, the Apostles’ writings abound with references to the cross, the … Continue reading

When Gothard Comes to Church

(This originally appeared in the Winter 2000 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning in page 4) By Keith Gibson The ministry of Bill Gothard has unquestionably affected the lives of millions of people. The teachings of his Institute of Basic Life Principles (IBLP) influence the daily decisions in thousands of homes across America, making him one of the most significant religious leaders of this era. Many of his followers give glowing testimonies of changed lives … Continue reading

Bill Gothard ’s Evangelical Talmud, Part 3: Gothard and the Law

 (This originally appeared in the July/August 1998 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 6) In Parts 1 and 2, we assessed some of the teachings of Bill Gothard and his Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) through a chronological approach. While we wish to maintain that basic perspective in this series, this article covers such a vast and pervasive topic in Gothard’s ministry that it will depart from the chronological format. To evaluate … Continue reading

Fear of Flying

(This originally appeared in the March/April 1998 edition of the MCOI Journal) People often wonder why it’s so hard for people to leave cult groups, even when they’re made aware of very damning facts about the group. Even more mystifying is the loyalty people exhibit toward their group, long after they’ve left on their own or have been kicked out. People who have been horrendously treated by their former “friends” in the group still carry … Continue reading