Michael Ferris, on behalf of HSLDA, speaks out against Bill Gothard, Doug Phillips and the teachings of Patriarchy in A Line In The Sand. It’s a shame they still recommend abusive books, such as those by Dr. James Dobson and John Rosemond.
Here is an article which explains why many of us are uncomfortable with the Duggars.
Doug Phillips stepped down last October after admitting to an inappropriate relationship with a woman.
On March 27, the Christian Post reported that he was threatening his closest friends of conspiring to destroy him.
On April 14, WND reported that Lourdes Torres, Doug Phillips former nanny, was suing him.
Vision Forum denied the allegations on their Facebook wall.
Peter Bradrick, once very close to Doug Phillips, has broken his silence. While we still have more questions than answers, this development is very much of interest to those who are following the Vision Forum saga.
Doug Phillips: “Disowns” Former Vision Forum Executive Assistant to President, Peter Bradrick, Calls Him “Destroyer” When Confronted about Sins from Spiritual Sounding Board. In this post we are told who Peter Bradrick is and that he has started posting some very interesting posts on Facebook publically. Read the comments for interesting discussion.
Another interesting Facebook post from Peter Bradrick is one in which he quotes Doug Phillips talking about how real men on the Titanic gave their lives for the women and children and then adds his commentary.
“For one thousand years, this principle has guided Western civilization. Simply stated, that principle is this: the groom dies for the bride, the strong suffer for the weak, and the highest expression of love is to give one’s life for another. The men aboard the Titanic recognized their duty because they had been raised in a culture that implicitly embraced such notions. Only by returning to these foundations can we ever hope to live in a society in which men will make the self-conscious decision to die so that women and children may live. This is the true legacy of the Titanic.” Douglas Phillips
When those who champion “women and children first” hide behind smooth words instead of “suffering for the weak”… When the strong take advantage of the weak, and then turn them out like so much garbage… When the strong seize the lifeboats and leave the weak drowning in the icy water… it leaves no choice for men of God other than to rise up and oppose them when they discover the truth. Woe to those that do not.
There are some interesting responses to that post. [Read more…]
You have probably heard by now that Doug Phillips has resigned from his position as president of Vision Forum Ministries and and discontinued his speaking responsibilities.
When I first saw this, I did not know what to think. On one hand, he has done so much damage to so many people and yet he appeared to be doing the right thing by stepping down from the ministry when he fell. He sounded so repentant and I was even hopeful that he was finally going to understand grace. Then I started reading commentary and realized the following:
1) I failed to notice that he did not express any sorrow for hurting this nameless woman.
2) It would appear that he only stepped down from the ministry (non-profit) side of Vision forum. As far as anyone can tell, he continues to be the head of their For Profit side. Update Nov 6: He has published confirmation of continuing his position at Vision Forum. Update Jan 21, 2014 The for profit side of Vision Forum has been shut down.
Here are a few reactions to the news of Doug Phillips’ resignation: [Read more…]
Wartburg Watch has posted a series on Vision Forum and Patriarchy which some of you might find interesting.
Homeschooling Hijackers mentions at Doug Phillips, Voddie Baucham and Scott Brown.
What Are Family Integrated Churches? mentions ThatMom and the family-integrated church (FIC) movement.
NCFIC, Vision Forum, and the Bottom Line discusses the history of Vision Forum as well as the business aspect.
A Quiver Full of Information has a bunch of new posts about Bill Gothard. Here are the ones I find most interesting:
Bill Gothard has negativley affected my life….
Bill Gothard has negativley affected my life part 2
David Sessions alerts his readers that Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Florida, 8th district) is involved with IBLP in House of Theocons.
More about Webster in this post from Alternet.org, Cultish Christian Leader Teaches Women Should Submit to Husbands — Victims of His “Submission Theology” Speak Out (Not a Christian site. Tagged Mainstream)
The Wartburg Watch looks at Quiverfull Then and Now. This exposé connects “the terrible tragedy that occurred in Colorado in December 2007” with IBLP curriculum.
Donna’s testimony and excellent exposé: My Stand Against IBLP (Being Real).
Sue Talbert at A Mother’s Heart Blog is writing a very interesting series called Vision Forum, Patriarchy and FLDS, Oh My!
In part 1 she explains how she came to find Vision Forum and read one of their books. She starts describing some objections to their teachings.
In Part 2 she expands on their teachings that women should not go to college or work outside the house (or from the house) and compares that to the FLDS as well as the taliban.
In Part 3 she discusses Bill Gothard and his teachings and how they relate to Vision Forum.
In Part 4 she begins to analyze problems with their teachings. She starts with Clothing / Modesty.
In Part 5 she discusses Reproduction / Quiverfull and the fact that they discourage adoption.
In part 6 she takes a look at their Politics and how they are working to create an Army For God. She also mentions child rearing, perfect obedience of children and wives and the Pearls’ teachings.
In Part 7, She explains Patriarchy and their teachings on Marriage and Wife Only Submission.
In Part 8 she concludes her series by looking at whether the group is Christian or heretical, what draws people to join such a group and her reason for writing the series.
Since yesterday’s post was about Patriocentricity and I have this link which mentions Debi Pearl, I might as well share it. Dolly Mama writes about some parallels she sees between the FLDS movement and the patriocentric movement in Escape, FLDS, and some parallels.