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A Matter of Basic Principles: Bill Gothard and the Christian Life

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  53 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
This is a must read for all thinking believers who wish to protect their church.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 25th 2003 by Midwest Christian Outreach (first published 2002)
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Sheryl Tribble
Aug 25, 2016 Sheryl Tribble rated it liked it
I would have liked to see the authors grapple a bit more with Gothard's dreadful theology and a bit less with his life, but whatever. They certainly covered his theology enough to show how far off base he is -- when a Christian's understanding of grace is as flawed as Gothard's, they've lost all credibility as a leader for anyone who knows their Bible.
Nathan
Apr 27, 2012 Nathan rated it really liked it
Recommended to Nathan by: Bro. Spencer
This book was highly recommended to students by a professor at Ambassador Baptist College. It is a (in my opinion, well-deserved) polemic against Bill Gothard and the Institute of Basic Life Principles. Ambassador is part of a movement within Fundamentalist Christianity that can at times be a little too eager to draw a hard line against their very close neighbors, to the point that they recommend books critiquing those neighbors written by people who live even further away. This can be ...more
Matt
Aug 07, 2008 Matt rated it liked it
Shelves: christian
This book was also co-written by Joy & Ron Henzel. If you were ever involved with the ministry of Bill Gothard or are thinking about it, this is a must read. The book surveys many of the dangerous aspects of Bill Gothard’s teachings and ministry. The book serves as a warning of the trap of taking extra-biblical practices and making them Christian “identity markers.” The downside of the book is that it sometimes comes across as an exposé, although the authors try to maintain fairness and ...more
Brian
May 01, 2011 Brian rated it really liked it
Veinot is shrill at times, but he reveals it is shrillness from continual frustration at the doctrines, practices, verse-manipulating and all-out shifting slipperiness of one of Evangelicalism's foremost leaders. Will probably not convince those already under Gothard's influence to get out if they like him, but if you are curious and want to know more, this is a sound warning of what can happen even to a Christian.
Barry Black
Jul 28, 2016 Barry Black rated it it was amazing
EXCELLENT.
Very well written.
Chapters are introduced with great analogies with historical culture.
As a "Gothardite" in the early to mid-80's i recall much of what
occurred as recorded in this book, and I was enlightened by what
was happening during that era of IBYC/IBLP.
In light of the events revealed in the past couple of years, this book
is well worth reading.
Leigh
May 14, 2010 Leigh rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
A MUST-READ for all Christians, or anyone who has ever been to a "Seminar" Very tastefully done, no slamming or belittling, and enough humor to lighten up the serious nature of the book.
Lisa of Hopewell
Aug 16, 2010 Lisa of Hopewell rated it really liked it
Fans of 19 Kids and Counting should read this--all about the "homeschool group" the Duggar family belongs to and it's founder Bill Gothard.
Kelley
Jan 13, 2013 Kelley rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Read to protect yourself, your family and your church from unbiblical/extrabiblical practices and legalism.
Jorgen
Feb 26, 2016 Jorgen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chilling. No surprise that his veil has finally been torn down. Completely surprised that it took so long, especially with a book like this being around for more than a decade.
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