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By Scott Youngren Despite the scientific and philosophical arguments for the existence of God presented on this website and elsewhere, some readers may still be haunted by a persistent question: If he is more than just an imaginary big-daddy-in-the-sky, why does it seem that God is hiding from us?

It stands to reason that the inability of anyone to produce a unicorn is a pretty good reason not to believe in unicorns. And if he doesn’t have a physical body, why won’t he at least produce an obvious sign that he is there…like the words “I am God, I am here” written in big flaming letters in the sky? Varghese comments in : “Once you understand what is meant by the concept of God, you understand immediately that the Infinite is not something you can see physically.

And the witnesses whose stories had been squelched by Gothard’s multi-million dollar machine finally opened their file drawers.

There were those who had been silently concerned for years, but who needed a venue and moral backup to address what they had seen to be great offenses of ungodly behavior and promotion of unscriptural doctrines.

This information should never have been forced into secrecy.

This is a story of family, of faith, of failure, and of betrayal—and in the center of it all was a 46-year-old man named Bill Gothard.

Consequently, we cannot seriously expect God’s face to appear on a hillside.

You see, the goal of the whistle-blowers in 1980 is the exact same goal as ours: To show the error of Bill’s teachings, to pray for his repentance and reconciliation with those he has wronged, and to demonstrate based on Scripture why we believe Bill Gothard has disqualified himself for ministry.

We have been entrusted with information that has been carefully preserved all these years, and we confess that we are feeling the pressure to do this story justice.

These stories have spread like wildfire as they have been shared on social networks and emailed to family members and friends; The vastness of the Internet carried our cause further than expected. When Bill Gothard first started bringing young people to his IBYC Headquarters in the late ’80s and early ’90s, those of us who were barely more than children heard the whispers of the big Scandal of 1980. Today, we are 33 years away from the Scandal of 1980. Some stayed for a while, realized that nothing was going to change, and regretfully washed their hands of it.

Each department at Headquarters was run by a full-time paid staff member. Even our parents who had attended the seminars in those days didn’t know much. The Machine that was IBYC in 1980 silenced them with such decisive retribution, threat, extortion, and disregard that some allegedly feared for their lives. Bill Gothard and his ever-changing board of directors placed the documentation in the vault and locked it away.

From the beginning of Recovering Grace, most of our articles have been written by former ATI students and IBLP staff who were with the ministry from the late 80’s to today. Marriages, children, grandchildren, different career paths, and new memories have healed the hurts of those days.

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