Daily Archives: 6 Mar 2014

More Light on the Bill Gothard Scandal: He Got Away With His Perversions For 40 Years

An organization the Duggar family belonged to is under fire after the ministry’s founder was placed on administrative leave after allegations of sexual harassment against women who worked with him went unreported, RadarOnline.com is reporting.

It’s hard to fathom how Gothard was allowed to get away with what he got away with for so very long, his actions harming so many women and girls, with nothing ever being done.  The Catholics don’t, by any means, have a corner on the perversity market.

Bill Gothard founded the Institutes for Basic Life Principles — a ministry which Jim Bob Duggar, wife Michelle, and their children had gathered on several occasions — but after a letter written by a young lady named Lizzie was published in 2012 online detailing what she described as “unwanted and unwarranted emotional and physical attention from a man in a position of authority to young women who could not refuse it,” loads of women would soon come forward with similar allegations.

Gothard also founded the Advanced Training Institute, a homeschooling program in which Jinger Duggar quoted ATI’s theme song in the Duggar’s book The Duggars: 20 and Counting!  …

Once Lizzie came forward, the website Recovering Grace claimed to have identified at least 34 other women by name who allegedly experienced the same sexual harassment and the IBLP Board of Directors had, on more than one occasion, addressed the behavior with Gothard.

In June 2013, Gothard emailed the website hoping to reconcile, and after 12 days of emailing back and forth, the site said on Feb. 3:

“We have had men and women who served in the [Institute in Basic Life Principles] leadership confirm that the allegations are true, although they felt (and often were) powerless to do anything at the time. In fact, we have learned that the IBLP Board of Directors has on more than one occasion addressed this behavior with Bill Gothard, but to no lasting avail.”

“Whereas Bill Gothard has exhibited a 40-year pattern of moral failure, abuse of spiritual authority, and mishandling of Scripture, and is therefore disqualified from Christian ministry, according to Titus 1 and I Timothy 3, we believe that the only biblical course of action is for Bill Gothard to step down from all ministry and leadership positions, publicly repent of the above sins, and exhibit fruit in keeping with repentance (Matt. 3:8).”

Following the push from Recovering Grace, board chairman Billy Boring told World magazine: “After completion of the review, the board will respond at an appropriate time, and in a biblical manner.” In the meantime, Boring continued by saying Gothard “will not be involved in the operations of the ministry. The board of directors will be prayerfully appointing interim leadership.”

There’s a good deal more.  You ought to read it.  But note- the report states so very clearly-

… we have learned that the IBLP Board of Directors has on more than one occasion addressed this behavior with Bill Gothard, but to no lasting avail.”

Ok once- get him help or get him out.  Twice?  You then become an accomplice and an enabler (in the same way, by the way, that when you defend a plagiarist and fraudster in spite of his deeds you become an accomplice and enabler of his as well).  Shame on them.

“Whereas Bill Gothard has exhibited a 40-year pattern of moral failure, abuse of spiritual authority, and mishandling of Scripture, and is therefore disqualified from Christian ministry, according to Titus 1 and I Timothy 3, we believe that the only biblical course of action is for Bill Gothard to step down from all ministry and leadership positions, publicly repent of the above sins, and exhibit fruit in keeping with repentance (Matt. 3:8).”

40 years?????   40 YEARS????????   That’s simply un-Christian.  There’s nothing Christian about his behavior or their blind enabling.  And so during those 40 years this reprobate plied his trade every chance he got.  There must have been hundreds of victims, most unwilling to go through the public shame this depraved pervert has brought on them.

Christians without ethics are not Christian.

The Next Time You Complain About Having to Stand In Line…

Remember the people of China…

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If You Have Not Yet Purchased Niels Peter Lemche’s “The Old Testament Between Theology and History”

You should do so now while you can get it at the bargain price of $2.99.   I think that’s 1 Pound Sterling for the Brits among us.

I’ve no idea how long it will be that price.

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With thanks to Brian F. on the twitter for the heads up.

Something New From TVZ

All the ordering details are here.

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Joel’s Forthcoming Volume

Of all the friends whose books I mention in an effort to spread the word, only Joel L. Watts and Chris Tilling have ever mentioned mine. Accordingly, I am mentioning this book even though it is both unreadable and thoroughly unpleasant.#BecauseThatsWhatFriendsDo

1965059_10203400395038754_101803622_ncoming soon from Wipf and Stock

More on Driscoll and His Willingness to Pay to Have his Book Falsely Puffed

Warren Throckmorton writes

Yesterday, World Magazine published an article by Warren Cole Smith which described a contract between Mars Hill Church (MHC) and ResultSource, Inc. (RSI) for the purpose of elevating Mark Driscoll’s book Real Marriage to various best seller lists.  The arrangement was successful, leading to a week atop the New York Time’s best seller list for advice books. Mars Hill Church does not deny this but spun the arrangement as a means to spread the gospel.

I have a copy of the contract signed by Mars Hill executive pastor Sutton Turner and Mat Miller at RSI. In 2013, Jeffrey Tractenberg investigated RSI for the Wall Street Journal and interviewed various people who had worked with RSI. In that article,  author Melissa Wilson described the RSI strategy as “the secret sauce.” With World’s reporting, the sauce isn’t so secret anymore.

Initially, the contract spells out the numbers of copies needed for individual and bulk sales.

He then shows a photo of the contract.  And then

Apparently, the publisher must be on board with this arrangement as well since the contract requires the publisher to supply the proper number of books. I have asked Harper Collins Christian for comment but they have not replied as yet.

No surprise there, they are doubtless busy circling the wagons and trying to figure out the best damage control.  And then

I spoke to a former Mars Hill pastor last night who told me that some MHC locations had hundreds of books just gathering dust. Some of those bulk orders might still be sitting in MHC storage room.

At least one former ally of Driscoll has denounced the practice of buying one’s way on to a best seller list. Justin Taylor at Crossway Books and the Gospel Coalition tweeted a link to an article by Jared Wilson on the Gospel Coalition website titled:

What’s wrong with buying one’s way onto the bestseller list http://t.co/WdCDYXaSu8

— BetweenTwoWorlds (@between2worlds) March 6, 2014

With some private information excluded here is the entire contract.

It’s all so very wrong.  Why hasn’t Mars Hill removed him?  The ‘church’ is complicit because it has and continues to enable him.

Fun With Iain Provan

Here.  Enjoy.

The ‘Jesus and Brian’ Conference at King’s College, London

All the information you’ll need is here.

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Perversion Wins in Massachusetts

The Boston man arrested in 2010 for using a cell phone camera to take pictures and video up women’s skirts on the subway did not violate Massachusett’s Peeping Tom Law, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

The court found that, though a woman has a “reasonable expectation of privacy in not having a stranger take photographs up her skirt” the current law does not apply because, technically speaking, a woman in a skirt is fully clothed.

Thanks Massachusetts, I hope you enjoy the influx of perverts who will be sticking their cameras up women’s dresses with reckless abandon.  Hooray for America… Hooray for the judicial system…  And mostly, hooray for the perverts…

If You Have Any Compassion at All…

Enter the contest to win a copy of Le Donne and Keith’s ‘Demise of Authenticity’.  Why does entering make you compassionate?  Because look at this photo that Le Donne and Keith have sent when they heard that the entire world had not yet entered:

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Le Donne and Keith

Yes, I was surprised at how young they are too but there it is. Isn’t your heart fragmented seeing such distress? Please enter… I’m sorry, I’m weeping uncontrollably and have to get a tissue…