Recovering Grace has responded to Gothard's open letter, noting "several positive aspects" but overall explaining why it "leaves us troubled" because it remains "incomplete." Meanwhile, a group of academics and ministry leaders (lead cosigner: Norman Geisler of Veritas Evangelical Seminary) is publicly asking IBLP leaders to partner with a seminary to "biblically evaluate" Gothard's past teachings.
In his Thursday statement, announced via Twitter, Gothard responded publicly to the allegations for the first time.
"My actions of holding of hands, hugs, and touching of feet or hair with young ladies crossed the boundaries of discretion and were wrong," writes Gothard. "They demonstrated a double-standard and violated a trust. Because of the claims about me I do want to state that I have never kissed a girl nor have I touched a girl immorally or with sexual intent."
However, most of Gothard's ...