Pastor Jack Schaap is “Pastor” no more.
by now I’m sure you’ve heard the circulating news story regarding the affair ex-Pastor Jack Schaap had with a 16-year-old (now 17-year-old) girl. if not, at the bottom of this post I’ve provided a few links to some articles about it. First Baptist Church officially released Jack Schaap as their pastor on 31 July and announced it to the congregation on 1 August. You can read the church’s official statement HERE.
to some people it really doesn’t come as a shock. but to me, my mind was blown when i heard the news — i used to attend the annual “Christian Womanhood” conferences and the annual Youth Conferences there. I have read several books written by Jack Schaap, not to mention all the .mp3 sermons i have of him on my computer! I even considered him to be one of my favorite preachers.
this incident is a shame — first of all because it is sin. secondly, because of the hurt it has caused not only the families involved but also the entire congregation of First Baptist Church of Hammond (IN) as well as the hundreds of other churches affiliated with it. but most of all, this is a shame because of the damage it has done to Christianity as a whole (especially IFB churches) and the reproach it has brought to the Name and cause of Christ.
My heart aches for the church, as this will no doubt effect all of the ministries and outreach programs affiliated with it; even the hundreds of missionaries the church supports as well. The college and the schools will also suffer because of this.
one commentor referred to Jack Schaap as a “reincarnated catholic pope.” another commentor stated that “osteen is next.”
it’s sad that people now consider this to be the norm for pastors. People everywhere are lying in wait for our “spiritual leaders” to slip up and be the next person to take up residence in a jail cell.
for a quick synopsis of the story, watch the news clip below.
UPDATE: for whatever reason, the video link is not working. I will try to fix that tonight. for now: go HERE to watch the news clip.
according to reports, Schaap is currently trying to reconcile things with his wife (daughter of founder and former Pastor of FBC, Jack Hyles) of 30+ years.
for additional information, click on any of the links below:
- Ex-pastor of Indiana church investigated for sex with teen
- Jack Schaap Confesses to Sexual Relationship with Teen after Firing from Megachurch
- Jack Schaap of First Baptist Hammond Admits to Sexual Affair with Teen
- Hammond Pastor Dismissed for “Improper Relationship with Young Woman”
- Jack Schaap’s Fall and the Future of the IFB Movement
- Married Megachurch Pastor Fired From Church after Admitting to Sex with 16-Year-Old Church Member
- Hammond Baptist Dismisses Pastor for “Sin”
- Ind. Megachurch Pastor Fired Over a “Sin” with Teenage Girl
- Jack Schaap, Pastor of Ind. Megachurch, Fired for Sexual Relationship with Teen Congregant
- Jack Schaap, Pastor, Fired from Megachurch for Committing a “Sin”
for a few more additional articles you can check out Stuff Fundies Like (which i’m not really a fan of, but they have some interesting information up regarding FBC).
Did this story shock any of you…?
Or did you think it was just a matter of time before a story like this broke from FBC…?
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