The Christian homeschool world is left dismayed by the latest developments in the scandal concerning former Vision Forum Ministries president and Christian home school advocate Doug Phillips. Phillips, who admitted an adulterous relationship, has recently alleged that three of his former employees are attempting to tear down his reputation and organization and is threatening legal ramifications.
“It is disappointing to see someone with such an influential voice for Christianity and homeschooling completely blame shift and choose to make this a legal battle,” says Thomas Poole, a homeschooling parent of three. “Christians understand sin, grace, and forgiveness-but to completely deny responsibility for one’s actions is extremely saddening.”
Vision Forum Ministries, Phillip’s nonprofit organization, was shut down four months ago following his admittance to engaging in a “lengthy, inappropriate relationship with a woman.”
“While we did not ‘know’ each other in a biblical sense, it was nevertheless inappropriately romantic and affectionate,” he wrote. Phillips, who has eight children with his wife Beall, wrote on the ministry website on Oct. 30 that he would be stepping down from his role at Vision Forum.
Phillips originally sought forgiveness in his resignation letter, stating “There are no words to describe the magnitude of shame I feel, or grief from the injury I caused my beloved bride and children, both of whom have responded to my repentance with what seems a supernatural love and forgiveness,” he wrote. “I thought too highly of myself and behaved without proper accountability.”