It would be great if you could find that link. Also, could you provide your source that confirms that it's a cult? Since I had never heard of Gothardism before reading this thread I did a search on wikipedia (which I realize isn't always completely accurate) and it doesn't sound like a cult to me. It seems very biblical to me and I found this statement regarding cults:Originally Posted by LapisLazuli;3361440;
Nothing that I've read about Gothardism seems "contradictory to orthodox Christianity"...By cultism we mean the adherence to doctrines which are pointedly contradictory to orthodox Christianity and which yet claim the distinction of either tracing their origin to orthodox sources or of being in essential harmony with those sources. Cultism, in short, is any major deviation from orthodox Christianity relative to the cardinal doctrines of the Christian faith.
My mom and I were watching the wedding episode yesterday and got to talking about their beliefs and I mentioned what I had learned about Gothardism here on this thread and that several posters had mentioned it being a cult. My mom stated that when we were kids she and my dad had actually attended a Gothard seminar and she didn't think it was a cult at all. My parents thought it was a little extreme but did not disagree with it at all but decided it was not a good fit for our family but went to the seminar because they were desperate to try anything to get my 2 brothers (had gotten into drugs and alcohol) in line and didn't want me and my sister to follow in their footsteps. We ended up moving to a different school instead that was a public school but might as well have been a private Christian school as the principal and most of the teachers were Christians and attended our church. At our school you were either Nazarene or Baptist. Mostly Nazarene as it is across the street from a Nazarene mega church (that my family still attends today) as well as a Nazarene University. My sister's kids go to that school and if I ever get married my kids will go there too.
ETA: I loved the episode where they go to the Christian Film Festival. I wish I knew that existed before! I have yet to see Fireproof but my sister and her husband saw it and they said it was one of the best movies they had seen in a long time. Christian movies are some of the best movies I think. I can't watch Facing the Giants without throughout the entire movie. Especially when that kid carries the other kid across the football field. I also really enjoy the Left Behind movies. I love Kirk Cameron and thought it was cool that he came and met the family. I was always a fan of his when I was a kid and enjoy watching his TV show even though it is a little repetitive since he uses the same shtick when he is witnessing to people. I always admired people who had the guts to witness to strangers on the street. I've never felt comfortable with it myself.