Bill Gothard, Discovering Grace, Recovering Grace, lawsuit, sex abuse, sexual grooming, IBLP
Bill Gothard is the founder of Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) who resigned last year as news was surfacing about claims of sexual abuse and harassment of more than 30 young women over the past decades.
Some who have been harmed by Bill Gothard and/or his teachings will immediately understand why the “Discovering Grace” name was chosen. The website, Recovering Grace, has been exposing the personal testimonies of over 30 women who have allegedly been sexually groomed by Bill Gothard, as well as exposing his teachings which are laden with false teachings, extra-Biblical teachings, misogyny, Patriarchal teachings, etc.
The timing is also notable since only 10 days ago, five women filed a civil lawsuit against the Board of Directors of IBLP, the organization Bill Gothard founded. There are scores of articles written about the recent lawsuit and mainstream media has especially noted the connection between the Duggars and Bill Gothard.
Leave it to Gothard and/or his defenders to try to paint a good picture of Gothard and distract people from listening to the voices of victims.
On the top of the new site is an About Us page. No one is identified by name that I can see:
It is our wish to do our part in providing support to Bill and his ministry, giving honor to whom honor is due.
Under the “Did He Do It?” tab, we read more clues as to who is heading this website:
We have watched Bill and the ministry for over 40 years, some of us have lived at Headquarters for years, traveled the world with him, spent countless counseling hours with him, including many late night hours, watched him as he interacted with and counseled others, got to field questions from investigators who were sure he was abusing us. None of us are being paid for what we are doing. We came to Bill’s defense because we still appreciate all he has done for us, we know who he really is, and knew that most of what was being alleged had to be false.
There is a “Testimonial” tab in which only women give glowing testimonies of Gothard and IBLP.
This new website reminds me a bit of the Bill Cosby case. How many defended Bill Cosby for months after the sexual allegations surfaced? Finally, when Cosby admitted under oath that he had given drugs/alcohol to young ladies in order to have sex with them did most people start believing the victims. Bill Gothard has the same kind of die-hard defenders. They refuse to believe anything other than what they want to believe about Bill. How many more victims need to come forward before they will believe the victims are telling the truth?
This new blog site is disappointing, but not surprising. While Bill Gothard painted a dreamy picture of families learning Basic Life Principles and being successful, I know some who would say they are Basic Death Principles because of the harm done and years stolen by abuse.
As the pressure builds, we will see more attempts to hijack the narrative on the legacy of Bill Gothard and Institute in Basic Life Principles.