The most popular post here at NLQ isn’t necessarily a Quiverfull story but one that examines how the Independent Baptist Churches and pastors seem to have a problem with a high percentage of their leadership straying into sexual abuse of women and children. It named two known IFB pastors that ended up with jail time over their abuse of others, Jack Schaap and Charles V. Shifflett. Jack Schaap: Isolated Incident or the One That Got Caught? is the title.
The interesting thing about that post being the one incurring the most hits is the fact that some of the members of Jack Schaap’s church, First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana, have shown up and commented. Most of the comments make two distinct points –
- No one at First Baptist tried to cover for pastor Schaap
- They don’t like us talking about what happened at all.
Which is all pretty funny considering telling others to stop talking about it is covering up the criminal behavior of their pastor. It’s kind of like catching a toddler eating a big old warm chocolate chip cookie, crumbs and chocolate smeared about his adorable pudgy face remains of the cookie clutched in his hand while he says, “What cookie? I didn’t eat a cookie.”
A few brave souls in the faith world have called out the behavior as unacceptable. But mostly it is ‘Sit down and shut up.’
Yesterday Chicago Magazine released online their January 2013 issue featuring a lengthy in depth investigative report into the doings of Schaap, the large number of sexual predator pastors linked to Hyles-Anderson college with photos and information on the other pastors.
You can almost feel the panic and upset pulsing through First Baptist Church and Hyles-Anderson college. The members have been officially called out as covering a multitude of sins through the years for various things, not just Jack Schaap taking advantage of someone he was counseling.
You can access the magazine by clicking here. Just skim past the pages with jewelry ads, medicine in Chicago and popular places to eat. The article starts on page 78 with mug shot like photos of A.V. Ballenger, Christopher Settlamoir, Chrester Mulligan, William Beith, Jack Schaap, Tedd Butler, Joseph Combs, Craig Sisson and Russel Overia. It’s called “Let Us Prey” and it’s by Bryan Smith. The article runs through page 155.
One thing you can say about the article is that it’s obvious that Bryan Smith did his research. We learn that First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana is the 4th largest in the nation. There is mention of many of Jack Schaap’s more bizarre teachings, such as him likening the the Last Supper to sex with Jesus and that often mentioned “Polished Shaft” sermon Schaap gave during a youth conference to thousands of teenagers where he simulated masturbation. There’s a chart of IFB offenders throughout the country. There is talk of the many cover ups, the cult-like thought control, the deaths of children around Hyles son and his various sexual escapades in churches.
Jack Hyles, Jack Schaap’s late father in law set all this into motion many years ago with his teachings, including that corporal punishment must be used on children and if it didn’t’ leave stripes and tears of a broken will it wasn’t enough. Jack Hyles sought by his teachings to control everything about his congregants. He even joked to his daughter Linda Murphrey about his followers ‘drinking the Koolaid’ they were so obedient to him. Yeah, he cracked a joke about the deaths of hundreds of people, the followers of Jim Jones and the People’s Church in Guyana.
One of the most chilling things in the article is a quote from a former church member about how the congregation and leadership view the sexual or abusive sins of men in the church –
“If a man did stumble – having an affair, say, or visiting prostitutes or abusing children – the question wasn’t how he could have but rather what the woman or child, did to drive him to such sin,’ some former church members say. ‘They have a system where abusers and pedophiles can flourish, because, you can’t challenge men,’ opines one. ‘You have to submit 100 percent of the time and whenever anything goes wrong in a marriage, it’s because the women didn’t do enough.”
How can good sincere people that fancy themselves followers of the teachings of Christ sit under such harmful teachings and blame the victims? It boggles the mind. It’s cult-like brain-washing that does it. It explains all the excuses of his followers here and on various websites urging everyone to shut up about it and other attempts to white wash a rotten structure crawling with maggots and termites. Futile. Silly. Gross.
Well it’s too late for that now.
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Calulu lives near Washington DC , was raised Catholic in South Louisiana before falling in with a bunch of fallen Catholics whom had formed their own part Fundamentalist, part Evangelical church. After fifteen uncomfortable years drinking that Koolaid she left nearly 6 years ago. Her blog is Calulu – Roadkill on the Internet Superhighway
NLQ Recommended Reading …
‘Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment‘ by Janet Heimlich
‘Quivering Daughters‘ by Hillary McFarland
‘Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement‘ by Kathryn Joyce