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Bill Gothard Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

According to news reports by Christianity Today and Religion News Service, Bill Gothard has resigned from the Institute of Basic Life Principles this week after allegations from more than 30 women who say he sexually harassed them. The chairman of the board of IBLP 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 leave while the Board completes its review. He will not be involved in the operations of the ministry. The Board of Directors will be prayerfully appointing interim leadership.”

The accusations against Gothard come from the whistle-blowing website Recovering Grace, which reports it has collected 34 statements from women who say they have been harassed—and in one case abused—by Gothard in the 1970s and later.

Gothard, 79 and unmarried, has led more than 2.5 million people through his weeklong Basic Seminar, which explains “how Biblical principles of life will result in harmonious relationships in all areas of life.”