Misogynist Authoritarian Pastor Jack Schaap Sexually Abuses a Girl He Was “Counseling”

By | January 4, 2020

I was a student at Moody Bible Institute during the 1976-1977 school year. Frequently on Friday evening young men from Pastor Jack Hyles’ First Baptist Church of Hammond, IN would be bussed up to Chicago to stand on the street corners around Moody Bible Institute and hand out tracts to the wayward students from Moody.  I don’t recall the subject of all the tracts, but I remember one was about Billy Graham being a false prophet, another was about the King James Version of the Bible was the only version an individual should read.  We Moody students were also told we would be going to Hell if we didn’t repent of our worldly ways. Presumably,  my worldly ways were evident because I was wearing Levi jeans. Women were going to Hell because they were wearing slacks! You get the idea.

Photo source: Chicago Magazine, “Let us Pray: Big Trouble at First Baptist Church”

 

I wrote these people off as crazed kooks that belonged to some fringe cultic-fundamentalist Baptist church.  I never thought about them once I left Moody Bible Institute, but it turns out I was right. Seemingly everyone involved in the leadership of First Baptist Church of Hammond, IN was involved in a sexual scandal at one time or another. Read this article by blogger and former evangelical pastor, Bruce Gerencser titled “The Scandalous Life of Jack Hyles and Why it Still Matters.”

Yesterday I came across the video below on the Twitter feed of someone I follow.

Jack Schaap was the Senior Pastor, or “man of gawd” at First Baptist Church. (Touch not the Lord’s anointed!) He was married to Jack Hyles daughter and after the death of Jack Hyles, he seized the reins of power. He ruled over his subjects with a heavy hand until he was arrested and sentenced to 12 years in prison for having sex with an underage girl he was counseling. Schaap also transported the girl across state lines on at least three occasions. This got the federal government involved in the case.

I wanted to post this video as a warning to my readers. I am unsure how you would classify Jack Schaap – undoubtedly he is a misogynist and a heavy-handed authoritarian, but is he an example of an extreme Complementarian? Extreme Patriarchism?  Whatever you classify him as he obviously had no business being a pastor, and yet there are probably hundreds of similar men preaching in churches every week.  If you attend a church with a pastor such as the man depicted below I advise you to leave. You may not believe me now, but once you have escaped the clutches of a man like this you will thank me a year or two later.

“Schaap’s conduct was egregious,” Lozano says. “Under the rouse of conducting religious counseling to the minor victim, he arranged for her to be transported from Indiana to Illinois twice, and from Indiana to Michigan once (for several days) so he could engage in sexual acts with her which are prohibited by law in those states.
Source: 2 CBS Chicago

I have included the Government Sentencing Memorandum below. My hope is that you will read the entire document. The document points out how the girl and her family were easily victimized by Jack Schaap because of their unhealthy respect for the office of pastor.  This may serve as an encouragement to those who have been victimized by a member of the clergy. You are not alone. Many people place their trust in a man, not because he has earned it, but because of his job title.

It is unfortunate, but there are many wolves who are attracted to the ministry because they know the job title makes it easy for them to victimize church members. Be cautious, the best pastor is a mere man, and many of them are among the worst class of men. Don’t you be victimized, and don’t let your precious children be easily victimized because of your misplaced trust.

Jack Schaap Sentencing Memo… by Todd Wilhelm on Scribd

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Anonymous

Spent two years in a church that idolized Jack Hyles. Ugh. Jack was speaking in a conference in Tacoma and the people at church were all a buzz with how wonderful it was to get to hear him speak. So my husband and I decided to go her him speak. That is time from my life I will never recover.

He was terrible. All I remember from his sermon was that he was living to please his grandmother who had died and was now looking down on him.

He was so arrogant. They literally closed and guarded the doors when the service started. During the sermon a man got up to leave that looked like he was about to toss his cookies and Hyles called him out and told him to get back in his seat! He left, because he was clearly about to vomit.

We could not believe how these people idolized this man. It wasn’t long after that we left.

Other highlights were the dirty looks I got when I was seen wearing pants at the mall.

I didn’t care for how they went out “soul winning “….basically refused to leave the house until the sinners prayer was prayed. Many people “prayed” it just to get them off their porch so they could close the door. They strategically placed themselves so the door couldn’t be closed until the prayer was prayed. Then on Sunday they would brag about how many souls were saved, although we only saw one or two show up to church.

They checked new-comer’s Bibles to make sure they were the King James Version.

We didn’t last long there.

Mickey

Due to be released 4/20/2023. In FCI ASHLAND, Ashlund, KY
A low security federal correctional institution with an adjacent minimum security satellite camp.

Headless Unicorn Guy

Oh, Yeah.
Polishing-the-Shaft Schaap.
Heir by marriage to the Great House of Hyles and the Iron Throne of FBC Hammond. (Which is a megachurch; i.e. a Wal-Mart sized tilt-up with a faux small country church façade and steeple on one exterior wall. Don’t know if it still has that outdoor shrine and altar to Jack Hyles.)

These days, I’m surprised when there ISN’T some sort of preacher sex scandal. It’s the New Normal, especially when Ehebephilia (hot for “Jail Bait”) is involved.

Cast Aways

From Hollywood to Hammond

Mr. Jesperson

The abuse of power for evil purposes is about as old as man himself. In Matthew 23 Jesus Himself speaks directly to this abuse of power by forbidding us to call anyone “Father,” “Rabbi” or “Instructor.” At this point I think an accurate and true translation of these terms would be “Pastor.” So call no man “Pastor” for the same reason not to call the Pharisees “Rabbi.” No one holds these titles other than Jesus Christ. We have access directly to Jesus through prayer, study of His Words, and meditation which is just considering how to put what He teaches into practical practice in our daily life. We are to put no idols up on pedestals and elevate no man to these positions of authority that they take the place of our personal relationship with God. And yet, we keep disobeying because it is just easier that way. And so we set ourselves up in a place to be taken advantage of like this girl was. It is so sad. If we would only listen to Jesus and do what He actually says…

Joseph

Good day brother. The only place that I can disagree with your comment is “we keep disobeying because it’s just easier that way.” I’m not sure that’s the reason. I think the reason is that we are so brainwashed by the church, and the flock is so dumbed down by pastoral “teaching” and a lack of Bible reading, that they know no better. Most times if you try to prod them into thinking the brainwashing kicks in and they don’t want to hear it. I am married to such a woman, a Baptist Pastor’s daughter.

Aside from that one point, you nailed it!

Hyles Throwaway

The girl Jack Schaap victimized was expelled from the Hyles Baptist School (K-12) that is also operated by the First Baptist Church of Hammond.

The victim is shunned by own family too.

Because it was her fault, right? Poor girl had her whole life was ruined, she was abandoned by everyone in the First Baptist Church of Hammond Baptist Church cult!

Headless Unicorn Guy

Rule 1: THe ManaGAWD Can Do No Wrong. “TOUCH NOT MINE ANOINTED!”
Rule 2: See Rule 1.

Only consolation for the victim is we don’t have “Deus Vult” Honor Killings in this country.