1. Thank you Naomi. We appreciate your comments. Also, Don Veinot and the other two authors of A Matter of Basic Principles have updated and expanded that earlier edition. The new edition should be available through major book outlets by the end of the month. It is now called A Matter of Basic Principles: Bill Gothard and His Cultish Teachings.

  2. Naomi Sime

    Good article. I recently read a book about Bill Gothard’s teaching – A Matter of Basic Principles: Bill Gothard and the Christian Life -which I would recommend to someone wanting more history about Gothard and examination of his teachings. I didn’t realize how influential it was among believers and how little examination had been given to his teachings. It seems like a lot of it was accepted readily. I didn’t recognize his influence as much until I read the book. I agree with the authors, that the teaching is false, and a distortion of Scripture. I think it is important to take note of this as it may be affecting more people than we think.

  3. Years back I watched a number of episodes of the Willis family’s reality show. My understanding was that Toby Willis, the father and abuser, was raised under the influence of Gothard’s teachings. Even on the show his heavy handed control over the kids leaked through.

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