Christian Organization: Molestation Is Like Vaccination

| by Michael Allen
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A disturbing worksheet from a Christian home-schooling organization was recently unearthed.

According to Homeschoolers Anonymous, the worksheet is from 1994-1995 and comes from an Institute of Basic Life Principles training center in Indianapolis.

The worksheet, "Why Did God Let A Four Year Old Boy Be Molested By A Fifteen Year Old Neighbor?" says that a child's molestation experience is similar to being vaccinated against disease:

God will severely judge the fifteen year old boy for the evil that he did. However, your son can turn what was meant for evil into good. The vaccinations we receive for various diseases contains a small amount of the actual disease.

Our immune system builds up a reaction to it so that if our body is exposed to the disease, it is prepared to fight it off. A similar result can occur in the life of your son if this matter handled in a Scriptural way.

Bill Gothard (pictured), who founded the IBLP, was sued by some female teen students in 2014 for allegedly touching them inappropriately, noted Chicago Magazine.

After an internal probe of the allegations, Gothard resigned from the IBLP, but some ex-IBLP staffers, interns and volunteers joined the teens' lawsuit and accused Gothard of "sexually, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and/or psychologically [abusing]" them while they were underage.

The IBLP is also being sued for allegedly covering up the molestations and abuse "over the course of several decades."

The IBLP worksheet also offers some blame for the 4-year-old victim:

In our fallen world with all its evil men and women, there will be attacks by a stronger upon a weaker. When this happens, the law of God is very clear that the weaker must cry out for help or he will be equally guilty. This principle is found in Deuteronomy 21:23, 24.

When a "victim" does not cry out or immediately tell his authority he will carry around a sense of guilt which Satan will then use for condemnation and further defeat. It would therefore be important for your son to confess his failure to do this and ask God to forgive him.

The IBLP previously made news when it was revealed that disgraced reality star Josh Duggar was sent by his parents to an IBLP center in Little Rock, Arkansas, after he molested some of his sisters as a teen, reported Chicago Magazine.

Additionally, the Duggars were patrons of the IBLP’s sister homeschooling company, Advanced Training Institute, for almost 25 years.

Another piece of advice noted by the IBLP worksheet is that God's body was molested, not the 4-year-boy's body:

Romans 12:2 explains the importance of every believer presenting his body as a living sacrifice to God. Once this is done, our body no longer belongs to us, it belongs to God.

This concept is important in order to avoid bitterness. Your son is able to then say, "That neighbor did not molest my body, he molested God’s body and God’s judgment is upon him for doing that."

Sources: Homeschoolers Anonymous, Chicago Magazine / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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