You might have seen this diagram of Bill Gothard’s umbrella of protection floating around the internet or Facebook. It is a visual that summarizes Gothard’s teachings on the hierarchy in the church and home. According to him, living under God’s umbrella assures protection.
Peering Underneath the Umbrella: Musings on Gothardism by Dulce Chale is an excellent critique of this unbiblical teaching. She points out the key problem with much of Gothard’s teachings including:
The fatal flaw of Gothard’s teachings is that he denies the power of Christ. It is all about Man.
And, yes, by Man she doesn’t mean mankind (women and men). She means men.
Good food for thought. Don’t miss it or the comments that really expand on the topic!