Blessed are the Shaven of Face
Families joining the Advanced Training Institute International must go through a rigorous application process in order to be saved approved for admission. Naturally, families must affirm their homes are television-free, rock music-free, and sensual material-free.
One of the more mystifying requirements is that men are not allowed to grow facial hair. Clean-shaven is the ideal. Unless facial hair is a matter of spiritual belief and personal commitment; in that case the man is granted an exception.
This is disturbing. Ignore the "it's wrong unless you have a personal commitment" non-logic. The restriction on beards has no basis in Scripture or general Christian practice. The explanation usually given is that beards were popularized during the radical rebellion of the 1960's and those who grow beards are subconsciously evoking rebellious fads. Bill Gothard also says that beards are an indication that a person struggles with lust.
X-ATI Guy has finally broken the mystery of the no-beard rule, and concedes that Bill may have a point.
In his book, Y: The Descent of Men, Steve Jones writes that facial hair actually grows faster for men who are anticipating sex. (Which could possibly explain why Mr. Gothard is clean-shaven....)
Combine this genetic fact with IBLP logic, and obviously: if a man grows a beard, he must be consumed with immoral thoughts. Out of a man's heart the beard grows. Clearly, a man's beard is the window to his libido.
Let us all go clean-shaven to prove our purity of heart!