As much as I dislike a lot of what happens in the IFB movement, it is never joyful to hear of a pastor’s indiscretions. This is not something to be joyful over. There are people who are traumatically affected by this grave indecency. Mega Church Pastor Jack Schaap was fire due to a pending investigation regarding an alleged inappropriate relationship he had with a young lady of his church. I have written before about my experiences in the IFB movement and many have left comments on this blog about their experiences as well. Pastor Jack Schaap is the Son-in-law of church founder Jack Hyles of First Baptist Church of Hammond and Hyle-Anderson Bible College. His sexist views have long been criticized and rejected by the greater community.
I hesitated in blogging about this just yet, but given the fact that we came out of the IFB movement and have blogged about IFB issues, I felt it necessary to address it for my readers. I know many will rejoice that he was dismissed in hopes that he will be arrested. However, the story is still under investigation by the sheriff’s department, which leads me to assume it was a lady under age. While there are conversations going on in fundamental forums, may I remind us all that the whole story has not yet been released.
I ask for prayer for his wife and the family directly affected by this and as traumatic as this news is, I applaud the church leadership for releasing him from his position. In a spirit of grace, I pray he and his wife can work through this situation and whatever the justice system decides about the matter will be true justice for all involved. Sadly, he just may reap the many years of condemnation he has sown into the lives of others. May this tragic event nurture some real authentic grace in his soul.