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Bill Gothard Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Investigation

Posted on | March 7, 2014 | No Comments

(UPDATED) Family-focused speaker whose Wheaton course became a seminar phenomenon faces allegations from more than 30 women.

Update (Mar. 6): Bill Gothard has resigned from the Institute in Basic Life Principles, according to an affiliated ministry email obtained by Religion News Service (RNS), which broke the news tonight.

The popular seminar speaker and his ministry had weathered moral and financial controversies, as well as scrutiny over his teachings, in the past. But recently a whistle-blowing website gathered accusations of sexual harassment from more than 30 women.

RNS, which offers more details, reports that Gothard's resignation cited his desire to focus on fulfilling Matthew 5:23-24, which reads:

Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. (NIV)

Alissa Wilkinson, CT's movie critic, recently posted a personal reflection on her experience with Gothard's ministry.

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[Originally published on Feb. 28, 2014, at 10:59 a.m. entitled "Bill Gothard Relieved of Duties During Sexual Harassment Investigation"]

Bill Gothard, Basic Seminar speaker and home-schooling advocate, has been placed on administrative leave as president and board member of the Institute in Basic Life Principles following multiple allegations of sexual harassment.

Billy Boring, chairman of the board, told CT:

The Board of Directors of the Institute in Basic Life Principles is doing a very prayerful, thorough, and Biblical review in regards to the assertions brought by various individuals and groups. After completion of the review the Board will respond at an appropriate time, and in a Biblical manner.

Mr. Gothard is on administrative …

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