Of course, Baptist pastor Jack Schaap also went on to molest a young girl. This is what passes for the word of God in one of the nations largest churches. The First Baptist Church of Hammond is a cult.
I found this strange video after reading, Let Us Prey: Big Trouble at First Baptist Church, by Bryan Smith.
The sermon was called “The Polished Shaft,” and in the many times that Jack Schaap, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Hammond, had delivered it, it was the kind of showstopper that made him a rock star to his flock. (Or would have, had Schaap not habitually railed against the evils of rock music.)
As with most of his sermons at the northwest Indiana megachurch—the 14th largest in the country and the biggest Independent Baptist house of worship in the nation—the message struck as bluntly as a pounded nail: Submit to God’s plan for your life or be snapped like a twig and flung away (as Schaap would demonstrate by cracking a stick over his head, tossing it aside, and barking, “Next!”).
The article is worth a read. I am confused as to why anyone would subject themselves to this brand of intrusive and abusive religion. It is hatred and hypocrisy all blended together into a message that has no resemblance to love. I don not understand who people fall for this tripe.
Pastor Jack Schaap awaits sentencing for raping a underage girl, told his victim that God sanctioned the relationship. How sick is that?
Federal prosecutors included letters former First Baptist Church pastor Jack Schaap wrote to his victim in their sentencing memorandum filed Wednesday in federal court in Hammond.
The Post-Tribune reports the 55-year-old Schaap wrote in the one letter to the 17-year-old girl that their relationship "is exactly what Christ desires for us."
Close the church. Erase its foul memory for our country. The church is not holy, nor are its leaders men of God. It exists to take your money, molest your wives and children and spread hatred and lies. The least we can do is end it and the whole Independent Baptist movement too. It spawns people who abuse others. It must end.