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A Matter of Basic Principles: Bill Gothard and the Christian Life Paperback – August 25, 2003
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Bill's teaching on legalism, law, and grace deserves a careful examination. -- Dr. Samuel J. Schultz, Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
Hopefully this book will help many believers be more sensitive to false teachings -- Bibliotheca Sacra - Roy Zuck Author and professor at Dallas Theological Seminary
These three researchers from Midwest Christian Outreach ... have done a powerful job both in accuracy and fairness. -- Jon Trott, Senior Editor, Cornerstone magazine
This is a must read for all thinking believers who wish to protect their churches -- Dr. Jay Adams, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA
This is a must read for all thinking believers who wish to protect their churches. -- Dr. Jay Adams, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA
Those who have experienced abusive spiritual authority ... will be more inclined to find this book refreshing for its thoroughness -- Christianity Today magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Ron Henzel is completing his Master's degree in Biblical Studies at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL and is Senior Researcher for Midwest Christian Outreach, Inc. He and his wife, Wendy, belonged to a spiritually abusive group (with an evangelical statement of faith) in the Wheaton area for 5 1/2 years. They are the proud parents of their adopted son, Benjamin. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Bill Gothard's organization has many devoted and sincere followers who accept him at face value. He is one of the best salesmen I have ever met...his apparent success, testimonies and achievements are carefully promoted (usually by himself). But what is sadly lacking is the absence of genuine love, Christ's kind of love that "seeks not its own", but the welfare of those it serves. He carefully maintains the image of a super-Christian and keeps himself on this pedestal by pushing away any who get too close and would dare to question him or provide any kind of healthy accountability. He is an authoritarian tyrant whose treatment of others is nothing less than oppressive, heartless and cruel.Read more ›
I should probably also share another observation: I have never met anyone who was not a Gothardite that thought that Bill Gothard was a responsible minister, faithful teacher, or solid Christian. It has been my experience that the only people who think highly of him are his own followers, who tend to be fanatically loyal. Futher, it has also been my personal experience that Gothardites mimic Gothard in responding to criticism: they attack, slander, and defame anyone who goes after their beloved leader, Bill Gothard. These personal attacks are often accompanied by lip service to concepts like "Christian unity" and "forgiveness." It's ugly to watch, but I've seen it, in person, many times. This ugly behavior is not unique to Gothard and his followers, however. It's a classic symptom of those involved in many similar fringe groups.
I was not surprised, therefore, when I saw a few reviews on this site in which Don Veinot was attacked and slandered, Gothard praised, and Gothard's utterly bizarre book on prayer was recommended. I expected this exact type of thing, I'm sorry to say.
Having read both Gothard's and Veinot's writings, I must heartily recommend Veinot's book. It is among the most gentle, fair, and patient displays of genuine Christian character I've ever seen. Don Veinot and his co-authors bend over backwards to avoid calling the IBLP (Gothard's organization) a cult, even though it has all the markings of one.Read more ›
I usually am reticent about books -- especially in the Christian market -- that claim to be critical evaluations of a particular ministry, teaching, or leader. They are usually full of emotive language, sectarian bias, and would best be reserved for use as a journaling exercise for a Christian who needs therapy because he/she has been hurt in the name of Christ. This book does not belong in that category. However, a number of the negative editorial reviews posted here (nearly always anonymously) demonstrate the worst in discernment. The supporters of Bill Gothard who wrote these reviews demonstrate the very deficiencies noted by the authors.
If you have been impacted by Bill Gothard and his ministries -- positively or negatively -- you owe it to the scriptures (1 Thess. 5:21-22, Acts 17:11, for example) to check it out by reading A Matter of Basic Principles.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Now that Bill Gothard has resigned in disgrace, over his inappropriate conduct with many young women at his training centers and IBLP HQ and other places, perhaps people will... Read morePublished 9 months ago by CD
This book helped me to understand more about the abusive cult that i was raised in.Published 9 months ago by shannan
Anybody involved with this organization should read this book NOW#Published 11 months ago by Guinea Pig
Sometimes a good Christian leader can run off course, with very sad results. This is an example.Published 12 months ago by Helene
My son got involved with a young lady that came out of this type of family. We needed this book to help us understand the nightmare that began. An informative book.Published 13 months ago by Robin Garcia
I highly recommend this well researched and well written book that discusses the Bill Gothard organizations IBLP/ATI. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Dennis J. Buenger