Gothard: Angel Gabriel "in Error"
Bill Gothard says the angel Gabriel was in error when he appeared before the Virgin Mary to foretell Christ's birth.
"Mary was a young, unmarried woman," said Gothard. "Gabriel should have appeared to Mary's father first to seek his blessing." Pointing out that God's word clearly teaches the Principle of Authority, Gothard said Gabriel's unapproved appearance was "probably a fluke."
"God never violates his own universal principles," said Gothard. "There may have been some confusion since Mary was betrothed to Joseph. Still, Gabriel should have known better."
Gothard teaches young women to remain under their father's authority until the father transfers his authority to a qualified young man. "We can expect no less from the Virgin Mary."
Gothard also indicated that Mary, rather than agreeing to become the Christ-bearer, should have directed Gabriel to her father. "Mary should have considered the poor example she set for other teenage girls, who now think they can hear God's instructions without the proper umbrella of authority."