ATI Families Cry out for a Church
Families in the ATI program are clamoring for IBLP to start a new denomination that will be specifically designed for ATI members.
"We want to have a church that is reminiscent of the first century church in Acts where no one dares join us," said one man. "If they are not of us, they will depart from us."
Advocates for an IBLP denomination point out that many ATI devotees have difficulty assimilating into a local church because of sensual influences, youth groups and a general apostasy. "It is an unfortunate day when we have to shield our children from the church," said one father. Creating a denomination specifically designed for these famililes would provide a haven from the church's ungodly influence.
Additionally, advocates point out that Mr. Bill Gothard has asked God for a double portion of God's Spirit. "That's something I can respect," commented one woman.
A prototypical IBLP church has been developed. The church emphasizes the Commands of Christ, High Standards, Music that Moves the Spirit and not the Body, and the Biblical Order of Worship. Churchgoers will be encouraged by powerful preaching, confirming testimonies, and uplifting hymns. The Official Theme of the church will be "Accomplishing Mighty Deeds by Being Mighty."