Colonial dating and courtship

Apparently, we are supposed to judge a book by its cover.

Anecdotal evidence is as good as any other in this system, as long as it conforms to the party line.

The black and white thinker is constantly afraid of recrimination, or given to condemnation of self.

Their goals are unrealistic and unachievable; they are set up for failure.

Inappropriate behavior by Bill Gothard or Gothard leadership? Many more learned than I have better explained the many hermeneutic problems with Bill Gothard’s teachings.

The person who takes a position of even slightly questioning—such as reporting sexual misconduct—must be opposed and blacklisted immediately.

The IBLP “What We Do” page states, “The Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) was established for the purpose of introducing people to the Lord Jesus Christ, and is dedicated to giving individuals, families, churches, schools, communities, governments, and businesses clear instruction and training on how to find success by following .” [Emphasis mine.] The lack of objectivity in Gothard’s teachings is hidden by the overt declaration of Scriptural basis.

To illustrate further, let me give a potential contrast. Gothard’s explanation of the 49 character qualities is presented as fact, when in reality, it is an interpretation of Scripture based on Mr. Some of these interpretations might be good, but they are not objective fact.

In this world, a kiss before marriage is nearly the same level of sin as having multiple sexual partners, and a woman working outside the home cannot possibly also be a good mother.

In psychology, this phenomenon is called “splitting” and is a hallmark of borderline personality disorder.

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