Jack Hyles - Part 1: The Manifold Evils and False Teachings of this Cultish Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
Updated: May 16
“For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ju. 1:4)
What should we make of a man who says,
“Now you need to close your Bibles and listen to me.”
Or was said of him:
“I remember Jack Hyles showing up on stage at Maranatha Baptist Bible College circa 1981-1983 and slamming his Bible down on the lectern and exclaiming at the top of his lungs, "I hate to read the Bible, I hate to Pray. Why do I do it? Duty!” (comment by Kim Van Horn on a Hyles video: https://youtu.be/zY4tUrBg_vU).
Yikes. From time to time we see his real and unfeigned nature slip up and explode from his filthy and unclean mouth.
The tradition and custom in fundamentalism is to overlook false doctrine, heresy, sins and evil, especially if it’s coming from the “man of God” behind the podium. They paint the picture—or rather indoctrinate and brainwash would be more accurate—that it’s all a matter of degree and that one has to put up with some stink. After all, “none of us are perfect.” They attempt to get a free pass and out of jail card, but that doesn’t fly with me. I will expose these “liars, evil beasts, slow bellies” (Ti 1:12), who “resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith” from the roof tops (2 Tim 3:5-9).
“But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.” (2 Tim 3:9).
Let’s consider a very brief compilation of some of the Mt Everest amount of facts that expose how horribly depraved and evil Jack Hyles really was and why I am 100% against this wicked minister of Satan. I just about don’t know where to begin, there is so much.
1. Hyles gospel was completely heretical and massively perverted, blasting this massive perversion of a bastardized gospel from the pulpit and pen, day in, day out. He preached a gospel that purposefully excluded true biblical repentance and Christ’s Lordship, both of which are required for salvation, preaching “another gospel” and “another Jesus” (2 Cor 11:4). He even wrote books against repentance, even though Jesus said His gospel preached was based around the preaching of repentance (Matt 4:17), even though when Jesus sent out His apostles to preach the gospel, they preached repentance (Mk 6:12) and even though He has commanded every born again believer to preach repentance and remission of sins as critical elements of the one true gospel of His (Lk 24:44-48). There is simply no salvation without true Biblical repentance that involves all three faculties of man: intellect, volition and emotions, for Repentance — The Foundation of Salvation. Hyles was a master of easy believism and quick prayerism, making millions of people two-fold children of hell. He was a church growth guru, ravening hypocrite, king of promotionalism and numbers-ism. Hyles would say that sin does not need to be repented of, only forgotten, "We don't even have a right to remember our sins." (Heb 10:17 was his proof text). This sort of perversion is all over evangelicalism, not just among Baptists, but Hyles truly mastered it. The false gospel starts with a false profession which then produces all the other false doctrine and practices. When people are unconverted, not born again, they can't live the Christian life. They can't stop from sinning, even if they predominantly do it in secret (master imitators). They can't change their hearts, no less the leopard his spots. All they can do then is paint on an impersonation of some skewed version of Christianity. That's what Hyles did, and then Schaap and then ongoing to the present at First Baptist and Hyles Anderson. They are a false front city, attempting to appear like something legitimate, when they are actually a fraud.
David Cloud covers in Pentecost vs. Hylescost how Hyles' denied the need for repentance in salvation. Another aspects of his perverted gospel included teaching that one should store up merits (works) to offset times of demerits (sins). If you have enough in reserve, God will forgive your sin and put you back in business. It is "second cousin" teaching to the old Roman Catholic doctrine of indulgences, but its also reflective of Romes salvation by works.
One of the heresies on the gospel that he taught on numerous occasions, was that there are two gifts of life in salvation, one is eternal life and the other is everlasting life. The distinction being that one in qualitative and the other quantitative. April 28, 1985 sermon: “The Gifts of God Are Everlasting Life & Eternal Life," started by misquoting Rom 6:23 as "the gifts of God" (plural) instead of "the gift of God" (singular):
"When a person receives Christ as his Savior . . . God gives him immediately — and he is an immediate possessor of — everlasting life. Though he has a gift of everlasting life, he does not necessarily possess eternal life. For everlasting life is a quantity of life and eternal is a quality of life. . . . The gift of everlasting life is taken once and for all when you receive Christ as Savior, and the gift of eternal life is made available. . . . Eternal life is a gift, but is only made available at the acceptance of everlasting life. . . . Eternal life is a life that must be received every day. Every time you get out of bed at the sunrise in the morning, God looks at you and says, 'I have another gift for you today. I have the gift of eternal life. You can accept that gift and life in eternity, or you can refuse that gift and live like the base animals of the world live.'"
Hyles also said there are hundreds of members of the FBCH who "have everlasting life, but you are not a possessor this morning of eternal life. You are living like the animals of the field live." This is a form of works salvation and this heresy reportedly wrought havoc among the attenders of that “church,” i.e., people concluding they are only half saved and able to live like the devil. The truth is, the vast majority of them were unsaved because they had accepted and believed a lie.
2. Hyles taught a severely heretical doctrine of sanctification, as already noted above. In the sermon, "Don't Cut the Grass," he taught that all of us have "wheat and tares" in us, but we should let both grow side by side and not cut anything, lest we cut out the wheat (good) in us by mistake. Wow, the man is dead in his sins and has ZERO understanding of Scripture. And this was very typical misuse of Scripture by Hyles; cf. Matt. 13:27ff., which is a mark always of a false teacher — 2 Pet. 3:16-17.
3. Hyles taught that “all men are mental homosexuals” in a sermon on the text in 2 Cor 12:13-15, and that the only difference between someone who has committed adultery and one who has not is that in the latter case the sin of adultery is “in remission.” Hyles also says that adultery is not a sin, just a "mistake." In light of these lies and heresy, it is unsurprising that overwhelming evidence proves that Jack Hyles committed immoral acts. Nor is it surprising that his son, Dave Hyles, was a sexual monster or that many other leaders at First Baptist of Hammond and Hyles-Anderson College were serial adulterers and molesters and rapists; oor that the pastor of First Baptist after Hyles, Jack Schapp, was a child molester who was sentenced to prison for twelve years.
4. Hyles prayed to the dead and for the dead. He claimed to have gone once a week to the mausoleum where his mother's remains were interred and there he prayed to her. Hyles would ask his dead mother to help and intercede on the big days when they would use extra salesmanship to manipulate more people into repeating the “sinner’s prayer.” (See The Hyles Effect-A Spreading Blight, by David Cloud, p. 23ff.). It would not be surprising in the least if the demons who, unlike Jack Hyles’s mother, actually could hear and answer Mr. Hyles’s prayer, were very active on their “big days” while his congregation was deceiving people into thinking they were saved because they repeated a magic prayer and baptizing thousands of lost people. In his prayer meeting talk on Dec 3, 1987, he noted that his mother is not dead, just moved beyond his senses: "Hence, I go to the cemetery and visit with her and speak to her. She can hear me, but I cannot hear her." Hyles had pictures in his study of John R. Rice, Lester Roloff, his mother, and Lee Robertson. Before he left town on a speaking engagement, he said he would follow this ritual: he stops before the picture of Rice and Roloff, promising them he will do his best; then he stops before the picture of his mother and asks her to intercede for him to do a good job while he is preaching. While the Catholics pray to Mary, Hyles prayed to his mother! As one of his members wrote, complaining about "the deification and adoration" of Mother Hyles:
"We have heard on many occasions how God used her to bring the latest savior (Jack Hyles) into the world. His attachment to his late mother borders on the bizarre. We in Hammond have our own Holy Mother of Hyles."
Not only did Hyles pray to the dead, he also prayed for the dead. In a sermon on Feb 7, 1988, "Full Reward," he said one of the reasons he was so driven in his ministry was that he hoped his efforts would lessen his father's suffering in hell. Wow, unbelievable. He believed his “good works” helped his father in hell. That is full-blown Roman Catholicism, on two counts: first, in the matter of praying to the dead, and second, thinking something he could do would ease his lost father's suffering in hell.
5. Hyles taught that Christ was human from all eternity: “Jesus Christ . . . did not become human when He came to Bethlehem. He’s always been human.” And it was this human form of Jesus according to Hyles that forgave, not God: “It wasn’t God the Father that forgave; the Man, the human Christ Jesus, forgave.” Listen here on Hyles teaching the heresy of the eternal humanity of Christ in the message “Why I am not 100% for Jack Hyles” by Roger Voegtlin; also The Biblical Evangelists Story of Jack Hyles (disclaimer: the author assumes Hyles to be a saved man but he certainly was not! If he was truly saved, then the Devil would be saved also).
6. Hyles refused to discipline people in the church. Pastor Bobby Mitchell stated the following concerning this:
“My father attended Pastor’s School at FBCH back around 1980. He personally heard Jack Hyles teach that he would not lead the church to discipline people because he thought he would lose the opportunity to help them in the future if he did. Of course, we understand that Matthew 18 and 1 and 2 Corinthians teaches the exact opposite. The Lord’s churches must obey the Lord by practicing church discipline so that the God will be glorified, the church will be pure, and the offender will be ashamed and (hopefully) repent and be restored. Of course, it is well known that at least one young man who served on the staff of FBCH lived in fornication and was not dealt with Biblically. He was actually recommended to the pastorate of another church where he was again entangled in fornication. . . . I am taking Jack Schaap at his word that their erroneous practice continues at FBCH. When he became pastor he promised, “the same old stuff, just more of it.” He has publicly promised to keep FBCH in the same paths that Hyles led them on.” (Why I’m Not Participating With The IBFI).
7. Hyles claimed he could manipulate God. In a Dec 26, 1982 sermon, "I Am Only Human," Hyles argued that "God can be maneuvered," saying,
"The Old Testament saints knew God so well they maneuvered with God. They all started off, 'Thou, the great God of Jacob, Thou the God of the creation, Thou the God that made the stars.'"
Hyles has even preached on the subject, "How to Make God Your Slave"! Wow, how utterly blasphemous is that. This man was pure evil, the very definition of an “ungodly man” and wolf in sheep’s clothing.
8. Hyles taught that fallen man is not human but an animal and does not have a spirit. According to Hyles, God made man body, soul, and spirit, but when man fell, he lost his spirit and became only body and soul — on the same level as an animal. He said that when man falls, he is no longer human, but becomes an animal, arguing, "Man in his unregenerate state is not human." Putting man on the animal level is what evolutionists do, not someone that professes to be a Christian!
9. Hyles encouraged adultery and thus the destruction of marriages and homes. A former faculty member reported that there was a number of male students at Hyles-Anderson College who had divorced their wives, or had been divorced by them because of what they had done. After being at Hyles-Anderson a while, some of the divorced men reportedly went to Dr. Hyles to ask if they could remarry. No one ever claimed to have been refused. Divorce and remarriage is always adultery.
10. Hyles loved sin and the world. He was grateful for Adam and Eves fall into sin, with the resultant billions of going to hell since then. On May 26, 1985, Hyles preached on "Thank you, Adam," actually thanking Adam and Eve for disobeying God and bringing sin into the world. He said such things as,
"Thank God for the chains of sin,"
"If nobody ever got drunk, I wouldn't enjoy preaching."
Perhaps that is one reason why sin is treated so lightly at First Baptist — no one is ever faced openly with his sin. Its also reflective of the almost entirely lost congregation and leadership staff, who have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof (2 Tim 3:5).
Concerning the New Year's Eve Watch Night service planned for Dec 31, 1987, Hyles told his people in advance that the meeting would be sacrilegious, warning them not to come if they wanted a spiritual time.
Here is “Lee Roberson Day At Hyles-Anderson College,” which is completely of the world and as bad as a ringside circus.
Click the link to watch Jack Hyles doing damage control at a press conference, lying like the Devil in a Marathon of Lies.
In a sermon in 1982 he tells Woman to Commit Suicide and in that video you will hear Steve Anderson tell someone that the only thing homosexuals should or can do is kill themselves. Hmm, I wonder where he learned that?! Anderson was once a disciple of Hyles at Hyles-Anderson College.
11. Hyles doesn’t like reading the Bible and in fact hates the Bible. As the testimony of one student at MBBC at the beginning of this report quoted and repeated here again:
“I remember Jack Hyles showing up on stage at Maranatha Baptist Bible College circa 1981-1983 and slamming his Bible down on the lectern and exclaiming at the top of his lungs, "I hate to read the Bible, I hate to Pray, why do I do it? Duty!”
One man testified about the lack of Bible in Hyles sermons. He would take notes on Hyles' sermons for some time and at the bottom of the page, after the sermons, this item appeared repeatedly:
"Observation: after the initial Scripture reading ... the Bible was not referenced at all."
Another member of FBC, whose husband had served as a leader in the church for about 20 years, said Hyles very frequently stated,
"Close your Bibles; just listen to me."
For some perspicuous reason, the Bible is not a very popular book in Hammond. One man reportedly showed up at a deacon's meeting with his Bible and the others laughed at him, with one of them reportedly saying,
"What are you going to do, preach to us?"
12. Hyles was a cultish dictator, way worst than majority of lost Gentiles, which further reflects his evil and demented condition. He ran a local church like a twisted pope. He expected absolute loyalty from all who associated with him.
Hyles behaved in a very disgusting, vile, ungodly and wicked manner, shaming and belittling people right from the pulpit, in front of 15k+ people. Heres how to gain cult control, with Jack Hyles during preaching: "Take the Baby Out!” And Telling “Ma’m to Be Quiet, I’ll be Doing the Preaching” and “If You Don’t Stop I’ll have to Ask you to Leave,” or “Stop Going in and Out of the Sanctuary,” consistently Belittling and Maligning Woman —which he called “that’s preaching ain’t it” to the raucous roaring of the crowd (he even referred to himself as God in that sermon).
In one sermon Jack Hyles Yells At A Crippled Girl to Straighten Up—Thrice. When she doesn’t, he has his goon squad remove her from the building. When he realized she was crippled, his so-called “apology” (it wasn't) is only reflective of the devil "apologizing." Here are further examples on How To Gain Cult Control - Part 2 - Jack Hyles.
In a March 5, 1989, sermon, Hyles told his congregation that if he were to tell each one of the men sitting on the platform to go jump off a bridge and commit suicide for him, he had no doubt that each one would do it, they were so submitted to him. Not a word did he say about suicide being wrong and self-murder or that such an attitude is reflective of lost people, or that such loyalty / submission is totally unbiblical and tyranical. Rather than "loyalty," it should more aptly be defined as "cultic." Such blind obedience is the kind of mind control the cults have over their followers.
13. Hyles did not understand the Word of God and was totally oblivious to its meaning and how to rightly divide the word of truth. He would even deceitfully changed the meaning of Bible words, such as repentance, sin, etc. In a Feb 22, 1987 sermon, "Just What is Sin Anyway?," Hyles said that if you drank milk and did not do it in faith, it was sin — hence, not drinking milk in faith would be as bad as committing murder and adultery (Jam 2:10)! Referring to the "works of the flesh" in Gal 5, Hyles said it was not "totally true" that they were sins, and that God didn't call them sin, claiming that these works of the flesh were never called sin in the Bible.
In another sermon minimizing sin (April 22, 1984), "No One Practices What He Preaches," Hyles emphasized another favourite theme: the judge not heresy. He claimed no one has a right to judge another about anything! This heresy is exposed here. In this sermon, Hyles offered his hearers this gem:
"The way to success is to keep on failing!"
Blatant lies and untruthfulness in Hyles' preaching was abundant. His stories so colourful, so fantastic, so numerous, so uncharacteristic of normal reality, one cannot help but wonder if he did not take smatterings of fact and build them into delightful tales. And Jack Hyles seems to always be the hero in each and every one of them. One man, who earned two degrees at Hyles-Anderson College over an eight year period, wrote:
“…I heard more 'new' truth there than you or God could ever dream of!"
Some who had been in First Baptist church for years referred to this new truth as "Hylesology!"
Hyles' Meet the Holy Spirit book was bad, very bad. Every pages spews heresy and false teachings and wresting of Scripture, only reminiscent of "the wicked" (2 Pet 3:16-17).
14. Hyles embraced heresy on the King James Bible. He totally reversed his posture on Bible translations and endorsed the Peter Ruckman position on the King James Bible, claiming, like Ruckman, that the KJV was given by "inspiration” (so double-inspiration) and that it was greater than the original language texts that God actually inspired and preserved, and that it contained advanced revelation. This type of attack on Gods Word is handled here.
15. Hyles was a sexual predator, serial adulterer for 20+ years, which means he was an unsaved heathen. After the truth starting going around FBC concerning Hyles' chronic immorality, one long-time member estimated that "perhaps forty percent" of Jack Hyles' teachings had been in defence of himself, seeking to squelch the scandal. Robert Sumner of The Biblical Evangelist wrote the following things about the long time adulterous relationship between this wolf in sheep’s clothing and his secretary: (1) Hyles adopted what could be considered a Mormon philosophy of celestial marriage to justify his relationship with Jennie Nischik, Vic Nischik's (a deacon at FBC) wife. (2) In 1971, when Jennie first demanded that husband Vic leave, Hyles came to Vic and reportedly asked if, once divorce had been granted, he had permission to marry her. (3) In 1985, when Vic demanded that Hyles give him his wife back, Hyles reportedly told Vic that he could have Beverly (Mrs. Hyles), with the same relationship Hyles enjoyed with Jennie.
In one incident, a female faculty member reportedly got up and walked out of a chapel service in disgust when Hyles was graphically going through every part of a woman's anatomy.
16. Hyles main and favourite subject wasn’t God, wasn’t the Lord Jesus Christ, but himself. Hyles was NOT about glorifying God, but glorifying Hyles. Hence why he only exalted and praised himself throughout his sermons, to a level never seen before. He was the very definition of narcissism. This sermon, is an example of that (though I do not agree with some of Jeff Dollars comments on the end concerning music, Bible versions and other things). It is evil and nauseating to the core. In this click-bait sermon he claimed “Jesus Did Not Pay It All" (1986).
Hyles in fact would many times put himself into the position of God. He didn’t want to serve God; he wanted to be God! Many, many statements reflects that, like mentioning that God might only be 63 years old (Hyles age at time he said that). Once he said that the future of America doesn’t rest in God’s hands but “upon these shoulders” — pointing to his own shoulders. Wow, how brash! Evil and blasphemous to the core. Here Hyles blasphemously slams "Holy, Holy, Holy"
This only scratches the surface of this evil man’s book-length list of heresies and wicked practices, although its the foundation for it, something many others have documented in books exposing him. But there will be more coming.
In the mean time, visit also here, pretty much all the proof and eyewitnesses needed in one spot: https://christianjournal.net/church/beware-of-the-wolves-in-sheepskin-the-snakes-that-run-our-churches-exposed-the-truth-about-the-jack-hyles-pastor-army/
Jack Hyles is an example of everything that is wrong with the (IFB) church movement. To this day, men such as Bob Gray, Sr., and pastor Mike Sullivant out of Pembina Valley Baptist Church of Winkler, Manitoba continue to promote the name and ministry of this ravening wolf in sheep’s clothing. They embrace him and associate with everything Hyles, ignoring reams of evidence that clearly show that Jack Hyles was not who and what he claimed to be. To this day, the FBC of Hammond congregation and its Hyles-Anderson College reveres Jack Hyles and his statue in front of the school. Past scandals are ignored, and First Baptist pastors and congregants continue to do the work of the ministry as Jack Hyles did it for forty-two years. Nothing has changed. The same evil lurks, which we even know because of the wicked wolf that proceeded him, his son-in-law Jack Schaap, who presently serves a 12 year prison term for molesting an underage girl, i.e. pedophilia.
Hyles is a perfect fulfilment of 2 Cor 11:12-15, a minister of Satan:
“But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”