Knowing full well that I’m not one to “throw stones”, I need to report yet another significant event in the Independent Fundamental Baptist community that SHOULD (but probably won’t) shake the very foundation of their belief system. Apparently Jack Shaap was fired from First Baptist Church of Hammond Indiana near the end of July 2012 for allegedly (just because I’m required to use that term) having an affair with a teen girl in his congregation.
The church issues this press release:
First Baptist Church Pastor Dismissed
July 31, 2012
Hammond, IN–At this time, we deeply regret the need to announce that First Baptist Church has dismissed our pastor, Dr. Jack Schaap, due to a sin that has caused him to forfeit his right to be our pastor. First Baptist Church is in full cooperation with our local authorities in their investigation of this matter. Our church grieves over the need to take this action and the impact it will have on our people.
We ask that everyone pray for the families involved and pray that the situation will be handled in a Christ honoring manner. We look forward to the days ahead as we continue to service the needs of our surrounding community and the Chicago area.
For any media-related questions, please contact First Baptist Church spokesman, Eddie Wilson at (219) 945-6475.
The Christian Post reports that a criminal investigation will ensue and will include the Hyles-Anderson College. Apparently Fox News is also reporting on the incident. Here’s the Fox News video:
I needn’t go on about hypocrisy and the corruption of those in Power – no sense in stating the obvious. I also do not wish to judge or throw stones, however, I must reiterate how the IFB elevates their “Man of God” to a fourth (well fifth if you include the KJV as the fourth) member of the Trinity. As a result, when this kind of situation occurs, the issue is conveniently hand waved as much as possible. Were it not for his high profile position, I would speculate that the outcome would be very different.
What a shame.