Monday, August 16, 2004

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."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

hehe... Wonder how long before that's not satire? Just found your blog from a buddy who (poor him) still works at HQ... Love it... Keep up the good work, more people need to get a fresh idea on I'm Bill's Little Pal (IBLP)... I'll be keeping up with your posts...

7:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great blog! Been really enjoying it. Hubby and I both attended the seminars as older teens, but thankfully neither of our parents were sucked into the whole ATIA thing (though we had many friends who were. *shudder*)

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm afraid this one loses some of its humor due to its proximity to the truth. When we were in ATI, we were wishing for that church! (It didn't exist. God is good.) -- SRJ

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

now what some homeschool families are doing is forming little "house churches." The churches meet in homes. There is no youth group or age-separate Sunday School. Roughly half the women may wear head coverings; and there may be a lot of long skirts, etc. i don't know if you can call them "open to the public" or not.

7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uhm...I went to that church. Nearly all the families were or had been or ended up being involved in the program. They finally gave us the "right foot of fellowship" when my dad "fell into deception" and got interested in another denomination.

8:32 PM  

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