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   Gothard studied four to six hours a night, struggling to achieve average grades.  Around the time he started high school a Christian friend suggested he memorize and meditate on a chapter of the Bible each week.  It sounded impossible, but he gave it a try.  He soon carried an A-average, and later graduated as a member of the National Honor Society. 
   He concluded that there is a cause-and-effect relationship between Scripture memorization and success.  It never seems to have occured to him that the sheer discipline of memorizing anything —  Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets, for example — might also have led to good grades.  He would later promise audiences, “If I could tell you how to guarantee that everything you do will prosper, would you be interested?  There is a clearcut Bible text for this guarantee.  Psalm 1:3: ‘The blessed man,’ says the Psalmist, ‘meditates on the law of God day and night and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.’” 
    Gothard makes it sound as though Psalm 1 teaches that earthly success is a by-product of meditating on Scripture.  It doesn’t.  It teaches that spiritual blessings are by-products of a close relationship with God, and that the practice of meditating on Scripture is an evidence of such a relationship.  Unwary listeners don’t realize that Gothard is distorting the Bible to sell his own pet idea.  This problem comes up a lot in Gothard’s seminars and literature.