Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Return of the X-er
It's been a long two months. Seriously, after receiving letters like this and this we started examining this website, the motivation behind it, and the ungodliness of pointing the finger at one of God's most humble servants. I checked into a training center (location not disclosed).

After weeks of solitude in a prayer room, haunted by ghosts of Pastor Fields and Mickey Bonner, I finally realized the damage we'd done. It's like this blog was...a jurisdiction---ground given over to Satan on the Internet, and he had built a stronghold, and here come the tormentors....

Oh, who am I kidding.

In honor of the return to blogging, we thought it would be fun to post real comments and letters from several of our devoted listeners. Enjoy.

Congratulations on doing the 100% WORST website I've ever seen! HOW DARE YOU accuse Bill Gothard, a man who dearly loves the Lord?? I am going to tell whoever I see on the street today NOT to check out this website. ATI people are the most loving people I've ever met.
At which point everyone on the street will say "Say what?"

While there are some things that I do not agree with, Bill Gothard is only trying to help people. He should be commended, not ridiculed. If you call yourself a Christian, it is NEVER right to judge another believer for their weaknesses. Instead, you should pray for them.
We don't ridicule Bill Gothard, though the temptation is often strong. We just ridicule his ridiculous theology.

For all the X-ATIers - whatever you call yourselves - I want to let you know that we will be praying that the Lord will bring you back to the right path.
Come get on our path! It's so much more fun! Plus there's no dress code.

15 Comments:

Anonymous Andrew said...

Glad to see you are back. I have followed the blog for some time. Your humor brings back "fond" memories of my own ATIA days.

God definitely used ATIA in my life, but probably not in the way they would like to think.

5:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, if that first letter-writer tried really hard, he might find other websites worse than Xer's. In fact, he probably could just ask somebody on the street.

6:42 AM  
Blogger Richard said...

Welcome back, X-er. I have missed you horribly. So much so that I have taken to visiting www.billgothard.com and making my own jokes. These are, admittedly, much less funny than yours.

Thanks for the Pierpont party invite. Wish I lived closer to Indy. If any of y'all live in Minnesota drop me an email. I'd love to do coffee.

9:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's funny. I was there when Mickey Bonner died. I was 7 and I was traumatized. That's one of those ATI rites of passage, if you were in Knoxville when that happened you are truly one of the few Godly.

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All ATIA memebers (those currently enrolled)get your effing heads out of your A** and get a real life. It's the year 2007 not 1905. And mr g. you need to try and live in a family of 12 before you preach anymore.

1:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, this path is certainly more fun. Those ATIers can pray all they like. In fact, a group of them should gather to pray in the Prayer Closet, fasting and praying to their heart's content. And while they're at it, they might as well leave all of their personal belonging outside the room, as these wordly items might hinder their prayers.

8:37 AM  
Blogger Semirrahge said...

w00t - Dude, my post-IBLP life has just been amazing. It still is. It gets better - but in all honesty I have to admit that I would not have the motivations I have now (the very motivations that provide me with this newfound joy with life in general) had I NOT gone through all those 15 or 13 or however many years it was of IBLP and generic works-based theology.

It's really just a matter of perspective.

9:03 PM  
Anonymous chyca said...

yay for the return of xatiguy! now I will have so much more to laugh at!

6:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The right path for ladies includes:
1 - Getting married at 18 or crying every day over being single until you are married.
2 - Being pregnant constantly. Earth to people: They even stop breeding dogs after a while!
3 - Wearing goshawful fuschia or red lipstick, usually from Aunt Mimi's leftover Mary Kay stock. And it's scary.
5 - High Fashion wardrobe of navy jumpers.
6 - Unrelenting viscious circle of poverty from a) having too many kids to fast and never letting them leave home or get a job outside the family landscaping or drywall business, 2) paying ATIA fees and buying their overpriced crap, 3) a husband who, as a godly man, never went to college and won't work for a sinful corporation so you struggle to pay the bills with meager profits from his own drywall or landscaping business, 4) condemnation for your money and family problems from ATIA leaders who aren't even freakin' married, 5) Hair fried from a d*** curling iron and always dying your hair blonde with crummy $2.99 hair dye from wal mart.

4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought the right path for ladies meant not realizing that marriage even existed until you were 25 and your Dad introduced you to the first guy with whom you'd ever spoken.

11:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL to "The right path for ladies includes"!

Micky Bonner. Wow. Was that his name? I had totally forgotten about that. I remember whispering to my mom "this guy looks like he's a cheeseburger away from a heart attack!" while he was speaking. She did the "hide smile" and said something to the likes of 'shame on you'. Not 10 minutes
later, over he goes! I knew right then & there I had psychic abilities (or was just really observant). Oh...Knoxville- The Memories!!!

7:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Advice on love, marriage & relationships from the 90 year old virgin himself! No kidding, this is from MR.G's own website! -wow-

How to Determine Marriage Readiness

There are many practical considerations that parents need to evaluate before giving their blessing to a marriage.

Does the young man have moral purity and victory over lust? (Involvement in pornography will make it impossible for him to love his wife.) *

Does the young man realize that in marriage he must give control of his body to his wife and she must submit to him?

Is the young man sanctifying himself by engrafting Scripture into his heart and soul, so that he can cleanse his wife by the Word?

***My own personal note: what do you do if the wife likes to watch porn too?! Is it ok if my husband & I watch the playboy channel together? Or does that mean we actually don't love each other?!

10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I thought the right path for ladies meant not realizing that marriage even existed until you were 25 and your Dad introduced you to the first guy with whom you'd ever spoken"

All most girls did at Excel is talk about there was this hot rich guy that their Dad was getting to know while they were at Excel & they would be Engaged with in a few months! I was 15 & thought that it was so pathetic. I did not want to live my life that desperately! These were the same Girls that labeled me “The Little Whore” Because I did not giggle & hide when the boy’s on staff were around...If they only knew we(Staff guys & I) would open our bedroom windows & talk till 3 in the morning! I prob would have been called much worse than that!

7:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pathetic...

Give it a break will ya?

Get a life

1:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah! Get on OUR path it's way more fun!

I'm teaching my son (four mos.) to dance to music. that I know X-er would approve of.

It's really fun he smiles so big, then he pukes. It's awesome.

I probably won't send him to a Basic Seminar at age 12, like I had too.

I'm teaching him about living under the "tree of life".

Jesus paid the price! Celebrate life like you believe it people!

So drink another beer, dance another dance, smoke another cigar.

Dance on the Path of Grace.

8:30 PM  

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