Jack Hyles: The Enemy of Soulwinning (part two)
In his book, No Little People, Francis Schaeffer quotes Ephesians 6:10-18, and then makes these comments (p. 72):
There is nothing in this list that the world accepts as a way of working, but there are no other ways to fight the spiritual battle. . . . [I]f we fight the world with copies of its own weapons, we will fail, because the Devil will honor these with his own, but our Lord will not honor these with us, for that does not give Him the glory.Â They may bring some results—activism does have its results—but they will not be the ones the Lord wants.Â Our hands will be empty of honor from God because He will not be getting the glory.Â We must not try to serve the Lord with our own kind of humanismÂ and egoism. . . . In this war if Christians win a battle by using worldly means, they have really lost.Â On the other hand, when we seem to lose a battle while waiting on God, in reality we have won.Â The world may mistakenly say, “They have lost.”
Jack Hyles and Jack Schaap will say that they have won, and if you have limited yourself to Biblical teaching and methods, but are smaller than them, you have lost.Â Don’t believe it.Â The enemies of soulwinning are the enemies of Scriptural doctrine, a true gospel, and how God told us to do it in His Word.Â We will continue seeing how that Hyles and Schaap are the enemies of genuine evangelism based on the book Hyles wrote in 1993 entitled, Enemies of Soulwinning.
The Doctrine of Repentance
Hyles argues repentance out of the gospel by means of circular reasoning.Â This chapter does not read like Hyles wants to find out what Scripture says about salvation.Â He doesn’t go into texts about repentance and exegete them.Â Â Something that may seem insignificant, but it isn’t, is what Hyles stresses as important in salvation.Â His salvation doesn’t center on the glory of God.Â God’s offense with sin doesn’t seem to be a big issue to him.Â He writes:
Anything that deals with the way a person can escape the fires of eternal Hell and go to Heaven to live forever is of vital importance.
You might see that as nit-picky.Â I hope not.Â We are saved to glorify God, to please Him, not just to avoid hell.Â I’m not saying Hyles wouldn’t have agreed with that; it’s just that it isn’t what he himself saw of first importance.Â He’s more concerned about what happens to us than whatÂ our salvationÂ means to God.Â This will effect everything in an evaluation of the gospel.
Hyles starts this chapter by asking, “Is repentance necessary for salvation?”Â He should be able to answer immediately and eagerly, “Yes!”Â He doesn’t.Â In a presentation on repentance, he starts:Â “First, we need to find what makes one lost.”Â And what does Hyles say that is?Â Not believing.Â He writes:Â “. . . not believing is what makes a person lost.”Â Before not believing became a problem, the issue of lostness centered on sin.Â Â Jesus was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities.Â We are lost because we are gone astray.Â What is going astray?Â It is sin.
Hyles uses John 3:18 and says, “It is very plain here that what condemns a person is believing not.”Â Is that what John 3:18 says?Â It says, “He that believeth not is condemned.”Â A person who does not believe is condemned, but he is condemned because of his sin.
Notice Isaiah 53:6, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Especially notice the words, “we have turned every one to his own way.” That’s what not being saved is – turning to our own way. Now if we turn to God’s way, which is putting our faith and trust in Jesus, we turn around from going our own way to going His way, from unbelief to belief. This is Bible repentance. Bear in mind, it is the faith that saves. The turning around is necessary in order to put our faith in Christ. One must repent from that thing that keeps him from being saved in order to be saved.
Because Hyles starts with John 3:18 in order to define repentance, a verse that says nothing about repentance, he gets this skewed definition of repentance.Â Sheep have gone astray and need to turn to God’s way.Â He says that going astray is unbelief.Â Â Why?Â BecauseÂ of what John 3:18 says.Â In the context of Isaiah 53, however, it is iniquity and transgressions that describe the way of the sheep.Â The sheep going his own way is doing his own thing, living like He wants.Â If someone believes in Jesus Christ, he’s got to turn from that.Â He won’t believe in Jesus if he doesn’t, and, of course, he won’t turn if he doesn’t believe.Â Repentance and faith go together.Â Paul testified to the Jews and the Greeks (Acts 20:21):
[R]epentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
Nowhere does Scripture teach us that repentance is “turning from your unbelief.”Â Hyles attempts to argue this point by writing this:
If a person were saved by good works, then he would have to repent of bad works, or of not doing good works, in order to be saved. If a person were saved by quitting his sinning, then he would have to repent of his sinning in order to be saved.
Do you think that someone needs to repent of bad works in order to be saved?Â I do.Â What are bad works?Â Bad works are sin.Â Does that mean that someone is saved by doing good works?Â Of course not.Â Â Repentance of bad works doesn’t necessitate salvation by good works.Â He tweaks that a little in the next sentence, saying essentially that those who believe repentance is repentance of sin must believe that salvation must come by means of “quitting his sinning.”Â Hyles’ words intimate that this is works.Â But repentance of sin isn’t a work.Â Acts 11:18 says:
Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.
Repentance is a gift of God’s grace.Â God enables men to quit sinning as a lifestyle.Â To help make his point, Hyles argues this strawman:
If a person needs to turn from his sins in order to be saved, what sins does he turn from? Does he turn from pride? Does he turn from selfishness? Does he turn from covetousness? The truth is, nobody can turn from all of his sins until he is raptured and he receives a body like the body of the Saviour.
Do you see how that Hyles very subtly shifts from the word “sin” to “sins”?Â He turns repentance from sin to repentance from sins to make this viewpoint a matter of reform or personally cleaning up one’s own life.Â Repenting of sin isn’t any of that.Â No one says that someone must turn one-by-one from each individual sin.Â Scripture, however, says that sins are the issue in repentance.Â Luke 24:47 reads:
And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Hyles says that repentance is directed at believers, already saved people.Â What about the great salvation verse, Isaiah 55:7?
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
The wicked turns from his unrighteous way, the wrong direction, one of sin and self-will.Â Jesus said it this way in Matthew 16:25, 26:
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.Â For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Someone must give up his life or lose it.Â Â It is an unbeliever. Â He must turn from his life, his way, which in essence is to turn from his idols.Â 1 Thessalonians 1:9 says:
For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.
Jack Hyles’ perversion of repentance alters the gospel of Jesus Christ.Â Repentance isn’t just turning from unbelief to belief.Â Repentance isn’t just turning from the thing that keeps you from getting saved.Â Repentance relates to God.Â We turn from ourselves to Him, from idols to Him, and from our sins to Him.Â By faith we leave the old life for a new one, one that was about us and what we wanted to one that is about Him and whatÂ He wants.Â So what does Scripture say about those who corrupt the gospel?Â Galatians 1:8-9 says:
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.Â As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
We say to Hyles, “Let him be accursed.”Â He preaches a false gospel.Â Without repentance over this false gospel, we do not fellowship with Hyles or those who fellowship with him.Â Â Curtis Hutson taught the same thing as Hyles about repentance.Â Â He alsoÂ stood with Hyles in the midst of absolute knowledge of his disqualifying sin.Â He preached the sameÂ falseÂ teaching about repentance.Â Â Despite this, many continue to tie themselves to Curtis Hutson and Hyles’ false gospel.Â Many others were influenced.Â Â Jack Hyles continues to beÂ an enemy of genuine evangelism.