How do we move on spiritually when we have based our lives around the teachings of spiritual leaders like Doug Phillips or Bill Gothard who have fallen?
With the recent scandals involving Doug Phillips and Bill Gothard, it is as if the spiritual rug has been pulled for some families. These men were so influential. People involved with ATI spent years homeschooling their children with ATI curricula, going to the yearly gatherings for ATI. Many families have been connected by ATI and now with their spiritual leader having stepped down, it makes one want to say, “now what?” Do we continue this homeschooling program? Do we leave? Where do we go? If this is wrong, what else is wrong? We’ve seen similar results with those who have followed Doug Phillips, his teachings and ideologies. My e-mails tell me this uncertainty is what many are facing right now.
David Auge sent me one of those e-mails and gave me permission to post it here as a springboard for discussion:
With both of my spiritual “leaders/role-models” growing up in a homeschool family failing morally within a few months of each other, how does one re-adjust one’s gaze on Christ and not become a cynic about it all? There are times where I just want to switch “sides” or not associate myself with certain groups.