Schaap and Hyles and the Presence of God
About three months ago I saw the buildings that hold the operations called First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana (FBC).Â I got a mini-tour of the surroundings by someone who grew up a few blocks from there.Â Besides the church buildings, the area looked like a war zone in a third world country.Â Â If FBC got the results they claim, I would have expected a drastic change in the neighborhood surrounding where they work every day and assemble every week.Â My tour guide says that it has changed—for the worse.
In this first article about FBC, I want to keep it simple.Â FBC does not represent the God I see in the Bible.Â The God.Â My God.Â The One and True God.Â They don’t manifest God in the way they believe or practice.Â Â FBC is supposed to be about God.Â Â They say they are about God.Â Of course, so do the Mormons and Sikhs.Â Churches are to be about God.Â When they are not about the God of the Bible, then they aren’t about God.Â And since FBC misses this absolute essential,Â it stands as a monumental failure.Â FBC hasn’t just failed in some ineffective, passive way.Â They have franchised their failure all over the world and especially in the United States.
You will not find the methods used, taught, and spread by FBC to market their god found in the Bible.Â Â Â Â FBCÂ blasphemes the one and true God by its circus-like, worldly environment.Â It perverts the right understanding of God with its syllogistic, humanistic sales techniques it calls evangelism.Â It tears downÂ a proper view of Almighty God with its man worship.Â It perverts theÂ worship of a Holy God with its profane showmanship.Â It distorts the truth of God with its lack of church discipline, itsÂ twisting of repentance, its disrespect forÂ Biblical qualifications of leadership, its false teaching on the true nature of spirituality, and its awful practice of the presentation of Scripture that it calls preaching.
FBC has slaughtered Biblical discernment in its people and many others.Â Â We understand God with our minds.Â We learn, know, and understand God’s Word with our minds.Â FBC has created a fraudulentÂ form of religionÂ that first depends on feelings and tradition, whatÂ Paul calls philosophies, traditions, and vain deceit in his epistle to the Colossians.Â Â Â Its beliefs and practices were developed and packaged over decadesÂ by a corrupt leader (Hyles)Â and passed on to his hand-picked succeessorÂ (Schaap),Â weaving a new hybrid perversionÂ out ofÂ his own home-spun concepts.Â In so many ways, FBC is closer to Industrial Light and Magic than it is a church.Â They have reduced the church to a handbook written by men.
Sometimes we hear a voice.Â We may not know if it is our own conscience, our selves speaking to ourselves, the actual Holy Spirit, or a demon.Â We can judge by means of Scripture.Â Â Some people who claim to have experienced the presence of God have not actually done so.Â To discern God’s presence, we must compare what we think we are experiencing with what the Bible objectively revealsÂ about God.Â Â Based on the Bible, FBC misses God in exponential ways with devastating results for its member and adherents.Â If you are part of its web of deceit, leave before it is eternally too late.