Jack Schaap

General Teachings/Activities
 [The apple did not fall far from the Hyles' sad legacy!]

-  Dr. Jack Schaap has been the Pastor of First Baptist Church (FBC) of Hammond, Indiana and Chancellor of Hyles-Anderson College of Schererville, Indiana since 2001, after the passing of his mentor and father-in-law, Dr. Jack Hyles. According to the Hyles-Anderson College website (12/7/08) they have a goal of, "...perpetuating the ministry of Dr. Jack Hyles for the next generation." Dr. Schaap has authored many books but one in particular written in 2005, Marriage: The Divine Intimacy led to this exposé/book review. The contents appear reminiscent of the heretical Promise Keeper book The Masculine Journey by Robert Hicks and the exposé on the sin within the Hyles camp here on the BDM site. Before leading into a brief book review, there are related items on Dr. Schaap's teachings relevant to help form a picture of what could be a dangerous ministry on the verge of being a cult.


- The "Hall of Shame" found on the site Hardpreaching.com reveals more details of Schaap’s doings. This site has actual audio and video clips of other outrages directly from the mouth of Dr. Schaap. In a synopsis:  (part of sermon transcript linked here)

-         Schaap sympathizes with Pope John Paul II, saying to the effect he was a man of God.

-         Schaap sympathizes with sexual sin, in particular comparing the pedophile with a cigarette smoker who believes he is a Christian. In comparing the history of scandal surrounding Hyles-Anderson College (founded by Jack Hyles), it is easy to see why these scandals live on with such remarks from their new leader!

-         A sympathetic defense of the angry red-headed Irish man who beats his wife!

-         Statements unbecoming anyone who would call themselves a man of God in what sounds like a sexual or worldly context! (Listen for yourself from the link above!)

-    Announces he is a "friend" of a racist Rev. Meeks.

(One disclaimer - BDM does not endorse hardpreaching.com, this is an exposé reference only since they favorably post sermons of  Jack Hyles  (for more click here).


So begins the revelation of numerous "Schaapologies" carrying on from his mentor and father-in-law’s "Hylesology!"


- The book Marriage: The Divine Intimacy by Dr. Schaap, demonstrates the impunity in which FBC and Hyles-Anderson College operate without accountability for its teachings. Here are only some of Schaap's wacky teaching along with responses. Starting with quotes from Dr. Schaap followed by portions of the book that were authored by his wife Cindy Schaap (Jack Hyles’ daughter):


Page 42, paragraph 3:

"When a person takes the bread during the Lord’s Supper, he is not actually eating Christ’s body. That person is saying, this element represents something. The person who deeply loves Christ understands that when he receives Christ as Saviour, it is a spiritual intercourse. A person receives the body of Christ. A Christian is the female gender in the spiritual realm, and God is the male gender of the spiritual realm. When a person receives Christ as Saviour, he is receiving Christ as a lover."


Compare this with the heretical Roman Catholic Eucharist where Catholics are taught they are eating the actual body and drinking the blood of our Lord Jesus. In  this Schaapology, he compares the Lord’s Supper to engaging in spiritual intercourse. This teaching of Schaap’s is so outrageous it is hard to comment further... but then it gets worse!


Page 44, paragraph 2, Schaap states:

"Psalm 119:30 says, 'I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.' That word laid is a sexual term which literally means the same thing as a man laying with a woman. God was saying that God’s laws should be as intimate as a marriage partner in a sexual liaison."


Reproof for this "Schaapology": No, Dr. Schaap, look at that Hebrew a bit closer. A similar verse is found in the NT.  John 3:21: "But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." It is ironic that Schaap would apply anything sexual, since both of these verses deal with truthfulness. 


Schaap continues in the next paragraph:

"In the next verse [Ps 119:31], David gets more graphic. 'I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O LORD, put me not to shame.' That word stuck means the act of a man entering his wife; it is sexual intercourse. God says that the Word of God should be the Christian’s lover, and nothing should be closer to him than the Bible. The Words of God are supposed to be the most intimate lover of his life."


Schaap's statement is blasphemy and is one of the most vile perversions of Scripture, perhaps only comparable to the works of Sigmund Freud! A bit of Scriptural reproof, the Bible teaches, in John 8:31: "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, [then] are ye my disciples indeed;" There is nothing sexual implied in either verse. Rather, "stuck unto thy testimonies," and "continue in my word" both refer to holding to God’s Word and being His disciple, NOT being His lover in the sexual context that Schaap states outright!


- The outrageous teachings go further when Schaap states born again believers need to seek forgiveness for the sins of their ancestors. Page 50, the heading reads: "Confess the sins of your fathers, your ancestors." This Schaapology is introduced concerning couples having problems in their romantic lives and that they should look to the previous generation and even "ancestral" background. On page 51 Schaap adds: "…when one of our ancestors allows sexual sin to come into his or her life, then an unclean spirit invades that family." Where in Scripture did that come from? Schaap's statement smacks of the mysticism seen in charismatic deliverance doctrines. If anyone is concerned Schaap was taken out of context, please consider the following quote from page 52:


"Christians need to confess the sins of their fathers. I believe it is very wise to go to the Lord and say, 'Lord I have to admit that my father (or any other family member) committed sexual misconduct, and I know about it, God. I want to admit that I have their genes in me because in principle, I was in the loins with them. I want to confess the sin we committed, and I want You to rid me of the iniquity that is in my heart.'"


This is ludicrous! If this misconduct took place, you as an adult should be reporting it to the authorities! Going by the previous paragraph, Schaap mentions some sins that are still illegal today "…such as molestations, child abuse, pedophilia…" along with others sins such as adultery! You wouldn’t just confess these to God! Look at 1 Corinthians 5 and how harshly Christians are to deal with such sins! Here Schaap would have us confess for these people and move on?! Schaap preaches confessing the sins of our previous generation and ancestors.  Perhaps they should lead the way starting with the sordid history of FBC and Hyles-Anderson!

The heresy of confessing the sins of our ancestors has ties to spiritism and the Vineyard movement. It is exposed by Al Dager in his book The World Christian Movement:  "The idea of identificational repentance is to stand in the gap as a substitute for a corporate people in order to nullify so-called 'generational curses.' In essence, it is to identify oneself with a corporate group of people to confess that group's social sins (e.g., I'm a white man who killed an Indian and stole his land). This is the basis of the Reconciliation Movement." (p. 125)

- There's more! On Page 81 under the topic of "Clothing" another Schaapology states:

"Lady, your husband wants you to play multiple roles. As a matter of fact, a husband probably would not mind if his wife played the role of an exotic dancer and danced for him in the privacy of their bedroom. A wife might say, 'I couldn’t do that. I’m not that kind of woman!' Would you rather your husband go to some gentleman’s club and have another woman give him what you will not?!"


This quote exemplifies why Schaap’s book is WORSE than the Promise Keeper Masculine Journey book! Asking our wives (closer to demanding our wives) play the role of an exotic dancer is dishonoring our wives; it is simply sexual deviancy and not something you would expect of a Independent Fundamental Baptist, King James Only preacher of a growing ministry! ANY man wishing to exert this sort of pressure on his wife degrading her to the level of a stripper (that is what an exotic dancer is), has a serious issue! Following Schaap's logic, I suppose a brass pole in the bedroom is next!? Teachings promoting such demeaning role playing certainly give the appearance that Schaap sees women in a lower class!


On page 82 Schaap asks with a comment on lovemaking, concerning where they do it. The husband in this case asks his wife first and Schaap states, "...even if she thinks a suggestion is strange, at least he is thinking about her feelings." Schaap contradicts his earlier more threatening tone towards the wife where he said, "Would you rather your husband go to some gentleman’s club and have another woman give him what you will not?!" How hypocritical! 


[Personal Note: Speaking as a man who has been the husband of one wife for almost 25 years, I find Schaap’s teaching personally repulsive and an affront to the truth in the Scriptures! Schaap’s idea that it is alright for a husband to pressure his wife to dance like a stripper (and other role playing of this nature) dishonors his wife, his marriage, and foremost God! The Bible teaches our wives to be submissive, but goes on to say in Ephesians 5:25, "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;" And in 1 Peter 3:7, "Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with [them] according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered." It is hard not to give an angry response to Schaap’s indecent proposal for wives! To any man following Schaap's teachings with his own wife, TAKE HEED, such selfish sinful behavior will not go unanswered by our Lord!]

- And not to be forgotten, Cindy Schaap (Dr. Hyles' daughter) for her book A Wife’s Purpose, states, "…I deeply appreciate my husband allowing me to write this book." Strange choice of words. Did she really need his permission to write a book? I would have encouraged my wife since she is a godly woman! Additionally, the foreword, written by her husband Jack Schaap, makes mention of how Dr. Hyles said, "…if we would wait one year longer and give him time to groom and polish her, that he could insure Cindy would not be a good wife –rather, she would be a great wife." (Read on, thoughts connected below). Schaap, in the next paragraph states, "A synonym for the word prudent could be matched, fitted or appropriate. Cindy is my perfect match, and she is very fitted and suitable for me." Not sure where we are to "polish and groom" our daughters in the area of intimacy in marriage, as Cindy reports her father did. Where in the dictionary does it defines prudent as meaning these things? 

On page 125 of Marriage: The Divine Intimacy Cindy Schaap writes about her marriage and after having to deal with her young children all day, "…[that] can take away your desire for sex." She then mentions the following, "My father sat down with me before I got married and told me over and over again the importance of the sexual relationship in marriage. So I did something to correct my feelings." (Personal note: I know it would have seriously "creeped out" my daughter had I discussed this "over and over" prior to her marriage!) Another natural question is where was her mother in this? If this is not bad enough, Cindy goes on, "Before my husband would come home, I would read books in private about romance; and I would get myself ready to be excited about romance." On the previous page on this topic, Cindy has the header for this section titled, "Igniting the Eros Love, the Sensual Love" "1. Read good books on sex" without qualifying to which books she is referring; it begs the question what books would she feel the need to read, "…in private about romance" to get ready, especially in light of the other items quoted from this book!

Cindy Schaap continues on this track that she "... never did the no-sex-for-six-weeks thing ..." after having her children. She then refers to a counseling case where a husband went and had an affair during the six weeks after! Relate this to what I quoted above of Schaap. This is not God’s love, but fear based on the threat that if I cannot get it at home I will go somewhere else to get it! If a man is such an animal to do such a thing he is not in Christ! The Bible is filled with warnings about immorality, but if we follow Schaap’s teachings most men cannot control their fleshly desires. Again, to ANY man believing Schaap on this, he has not been reading the Bible! 2 Peter 1:8-10 speaks of having self-control, "For if these things be in you, and abound, they make [you that ye shall] neither [be] barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:"

- Cindy Schaap in her book, A Wife’s Purpose on page 31 regarding a man’s basic needs, "…a man would rather be admired and accepted for who he is than loved…" That being said, for her father and now her husband, perhaps there is some truth in this picture of them! The self-glorification continues with numerous references to themselves (see David Cloud’s site). 

- One last note, on page 76 of A Wife’s Purpose regarding washing of feet, there is a bit more psychobabble. Cindy asks, "Why was Jesus able to volunteer to do such a menial task?" She quotes John 13:3 "Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;" and she states, "This verse tells us that Jesus could do this task because He knew who He was. In other words, He had a good sense of identity or self-worth." From here I would almost need to write another critique as she goes on explaining how a Christian can find his identity in Jesus. I will stop here and refer you to the BDM critique that speaks well to this nonsense (linked here).


It is my humble opinion any Bible believing, born-again, Fundamental Independent Baptist or any serious Bible believing Christian should mark and avoid FBC and Hyles-Anderson in accordance with Scriptures. Acts 20:30, "Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them." And Ephesians 5:11, "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them]." Also see Scriptures in Romans 16:17-18, Jude 3, and others. Read the FBC and Hyles-Anderson history, read what is in black in white here, listen to the audio and video clips!

For those of you who are members of Independent Fundamental Baptist Churches that openly endorse FBC and Hyles-Anderson, it is past time to bring this material to the attention of your Pastors! For pastors reading this, here is an opportunity to cleanse your church of this hypocrisy! You should not be afraid to repudiate and reprove such nonsense as you would any other sin from your pulpits!  Question yourselves before quoting MEN such as Schaap or Hyles! 2 John 1:11 says, "For he that biddeth him God speed is a partaker of his evil deeds." How is quoting these men favorably any different?

For those of you opposing the error taught by Hyles and Schaap, and yet attend churches that endorse and/or see no problem with FBC and Hyles-Anderson, be prepared for rejection with comments like "you do not throw the baby out with the bath water," and then remind them how quick they are to do just that with other false teachers! If you need reminders of some of them, please come back to the BDM site for a list. I find it unconscionable how so many Baptists give FBC and Hyles-Anderson a pass on their false teachings when they are ready to condemn others so quickly for the slightest doctrinal error! It is a double standard and the sort of hypocrisy our Lord Jesus condemned in the Pharisees! Matthew 23:24, "[Ye] blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel."

The Bible teaches in Luke 18:14, "…for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted." It is past time for some at FBC and Hyles-Anderson to do some serious soul searching. Your pride and arrogance has blinded you to heresy in your midst.  Do you think God is blind to your hypocrisy? Even the world sees it.  A Google search reveals some pretty significant and alarming facts, you are giving ammunition to many we would consider enemies of Christianity! It is time to realize you have left your first love and teach things that are outside the Bible. It is time for real repentance, not the Hyles’ variety of repentance either! (linked here)

Luke 12:1, "In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy."

James 3:17, "But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, [and] easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy."

Biblical Discernment Ministries - 12/2008 
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