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Kevin Swanson defends his friend, Bill Gothard against accusations of sexual harassment, while accusing Spiritual Sounding Board and Patheos.com blogs of dancing on the grave of Christian fundamentalism and Biblical Christianity.
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Last week, I was notified by a Twitter friend/follower that Kevin Swanson had referred to my blog in a recent podcast:
Really? I promote pro-gay, pro-evolution on my blog? Where? He was naming my blog, SpiritualSoundingBoard.com?
Here was Kevin Swanson’s tweet that Chris had seen:
If you haven’t heard the latest on Bill Gothard, this article should catch you up to speed: Bill Gothard, Family Planning and Homeschooling Advocate, Accused of Sexually Harassing Young Women and Teen Girls
My assistant, Kathi, who helps me at the Spiritual Sounding Board Facebook page
was coerced, manipulated, volunteered to spend 6 – I mean SIX hours of time transcribing Mr. Swanson’s flapdoodle. Earlier, I had transcribed only a couple of paragraphs and the verbosity with which Swanson was able to fit within 2 seconds of airtime was staggering. Give that woman a raise already!
It is peculiar that Mr. Swanson publicly named two sites: SpiritualSoundingBoard.com and Patheo.com in his ranting. Those who are familiar with Patheos.com know it is a large network of blogs beneath the umbrella of Patheos.com. At Patheos.com, you will find an assortment religious bloggers: Christian, Jewish, Catholic, Mormon and even atheist bloggers. But interestingly, Mr. Swanson does not identify a specific blogger at Patheos.com. But what does he say about my blog and this mysterious non-named Patheos blog?
Note: Unless specifically noted, Kevin Swanson is talking. Notation is made when Steve Vaughn enters the conversation. “KB,” who transcribed the document, contributed her commentary in pink. Seriously, if you’re going to transcribe for 6 hours, you need an outlet. As I was reading it, I obviously couldn’t keep quiet, so my editorial comments are in green. I’ve only included the comments referring to the blog, but be sure to read the transcript or listen to the podcast as Swanson defends Gothard and blasts Spiritual Sounding Board and Patheos.com. The transcription begins below:
Starting at the 6:00 mark:
You have this kind of thing happening a lot when people are ultimately ignoring the laws of God but taking on their own rules and regulations. Well, all that said, we’re gonna to talk about what is happening right now with fundamentalism, what is happening right now with the homeschooling movement, and precisely what is happening right now with Bill Gothard.
Okay. There’s [sic] some stories right now on Patheos.com, SpritualSoundingBoard.com, which by the way are the apostatizing websites that are dancing on the grave of the old Christian west and certainly anything related to fundamentalism or anything relating to Biblical Christianity. They love it. They love it when they begin to see cracks in fundamentalism.
What is the Christian west, anyway? Are we talking cowboys or what? Sure, you can send me the Finding-Cracks-in-Fundamentalism t-shirt. The fundamentalism that I’ve seen does not match up with the Christian conduct and character exemplified by Christ in Scripture.
Now, friends, right now Patheos and Spiritual Sounding Board are the apostatizing websites working hard to drive another 10% out of the organized historical, Biblical churches to a pro-homosexual, pro-socialist, pro-evolution, pro-atheist agenda. I mean, they’re just so excited if they can…they’re sort of like the aprostalites <Made up word #4> of the left you know.
Actually, I consider Spiritual Sounding Board to be like the pooper scooper of Fundamentalist Pharisee-like crap of religious tyrants, but whatever, Mr. Swanson.
Can we get more to apostatize from the Biblical, spiritual faith, and they’re somewhat successful
mainly because whatever is out there that cloaks itself as a fundamentalist faith often times isn’t that strong anyway. So, anyway. Patheos and Spiritual Sounding Board are dancing on the grave of Bill Gothard and the whole A.T.I. thing right now. This is what’s happened. And the rumors on the street is that there was more sexual abuse of some sort. But here is the deal. As Christians we ought to be very careful when we see these things on public websites, new sites, presenting this information.
Yea, Mr. Swanson, because when 34 women come forward with their personal testimonies telling us that this “man of God” and Christian leader who has led countless families to have “character first,” we need to be careful about “rumors.” To heck with the idea that Gothard is the head honcho of his organization and so there is no place for young women to climb the hierarchical ladder to complain.
But let’s back up a bit. He claims I’ve been (SSB) dancing on the grave of Bill Gothard and ATI, of Biblical Christianity, etc. Did he even realize that I have not posted ONE story on Gothard until this one? And this article is really not so much about Gothard as much as it is about Mr. Swanson and his foolishness. I’ll get to Gothard on my blog soon enough. There are already quite a few articles currently published in the blogosphere. But right now, I’m calling out Mr. Swanson for his behavior as a Christian homeschool leader AND pastor in siding with another Christian patriarchal leader rather than dismissing the personal testimonies of nearly three dozen women.
We ought to demand two or three witnesses in a proper church court or a proper civil court. That ought to be important to us. And, uh. You know. But Patheos and Sounding Board doesn’t really care that much about it. They just get very excited about the fact that there may be some problem, some compromise, in the life of a spiritual leader. And if they can find that, they kind find the compromise, the moral compromise in the life of a leader, they get very excited because now they know that they can toss out everything that guy ever said about God,
Jesus, honoring mothers and fathers, you know, etc., etc. First of all, how do you get a man who is running a parachurch organization to a proper church court? What church court? Who overseas the man? Do you think Mr. Gothard would sit beneath a church court when they are not “over” him? So, if that be the case, you know, they can throw all that out and they can do whatever they want. And how fun that can be, you know. I mean, you know. We don’t have to worry about this adultery thing anymore, don’t have to worry about homosexuality, don’t have to worry about incest, don’t have to worry about pedophilia, we can just celebrate. <Yes. ALL of the writers on Patheos and of course, SSB, is excited about pedophilia, incest and adultery!> You know, I mean we’re free from anything that this Christian leader ever said because there may be some moral compromise in his life. And that’s why
they get so excited, Steve, I think.
Yea, every morning I am excited to share yet another story of Christian leader’s moral failure. I think NOT. No, how about this – – if Church leaders would appropriately deal with sin among other church leaders, blogs like mine wouldn’t need to call them out. But when church leaders remain SILENT about abusive leaders like Gothard, Phillips, etc, that is when it causes mass confusion.
“Silence in response to abuse declares victims to be worthless & builds walls of protection around perpetrators.” ~Boz Tchividjian
SV: <Clearly the village idiot. Sure boss, whatever you say!> Yeah, and that’s. They want to be free from God. That’s why they’re worshiping themselves, or the whole humanist religion. Because they’ve been seeking to be free from God all their lives. And they can’t get free of Him. And it just, it’s like a cockroach trying to get away from the light to get into darkness. And they’ve found that they can’t get away from the light. And anytime that they can find any kind of darkness within the fundamentalist movement
SV (cont.): then they want to go hide there.
If you’d like to read more of the same drivel and appreciate KB’s hard work, click here. KB nor I are responsible for the amount of time that will be wasted by reading this stuff. Do so at your own risk. Or . . . .you can tune in here. It might make good background noise while vacuuming.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5
By the way, if you do happen to read/listen to enough of the podcast, after hearing the word apostasy and the many odd variations of the word, I think you might agree with Kathi and me that Kevin Swanson thinks . . . . .
this is the dawning of the age of Apostasy, age of Apostasy . . . . . . . . APOSTASY!!!!