Truth from Arkansas! Sunday Sermon Series, #142

Today, in our ongoing “Truth from Arkansas” series, we’re featuring two new sermons from the brethren down under.

First, we have Missionary Adolfo Gonzalez preaching at Northern Hills Baptist Church in Texarkana from Philippians 4:5-7 on “The Peace of God.”

Next, we have Pastor Cody Andrews of Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Star City preaching from Romans 2:17-24 on “Only Jesus.”

Both of these sermons were delivered on Sunday, June 12th.

Missionary Adolfo Gonzalez – The Peace of God – Sermon begins at 20:00 mark

Pastor Cody Andrews – Only Jesus

Truth from Arkansas! Sunday Sermon Series, #141

Today, in our ongoing “Truth from Arkansas” series, we’re featuring two new sermons from the brethren down under.

First, we have Pastor Roger Copeland of Northern Hills Baptist Church in Texarkana, preaching from Romans 3:9-20 on “All Are Under Sin.”

Next, we have Pastor Cody Andrews of Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Star City preaching from Romans 2:1-3 on “God’s Perfect Judgement.”

Both of these sermons were delivered on Sunday, June 5th.

Pastor Roger Copeland – All Are Under Sin – Sermon begins at 19:25 mark

Pastor Cody Andrews – God’s Perfect Judgement – Sermon begins at 25:45 mark

Truth from Arkansas! Sunday Sermon Series, #140

Today, in our ongoing “Truth from Arkansas” series, we’re featuring two new sermons from the brethren down under.

First, we have Pastor Roger Copeland of Northern Hills Baptist Church in Texarkana, preaching from Romans 3:1-8 on “Let God Be True.”

Next, we have Pastor Cody Andrews of Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Star City preaching from Romans 1:18 on “What Happens When We Choose Sin?”

Both of these sermons were delivered on Sunday, May 29th.

Pastor Roger Copeland – Let God Be True – Sermon begins at 19:20 mark

Pastor Cody Andrews – What Happens When We Choose Sin?

Truth from Arkansas! Sunday Sermon Series, #138

Today, in our ongoing “Truth from Arkansas” series, we’re featuring two new sermons from the brethren down under.

First, we have Pastor Roger Copeland of Northern Hills Baptist Church in Texarkana, preaching from Romans 2:1-16 on “Unreasonable Thinking.”

Next, we have Pastor Cody Andrews of Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Star City preaching from Romans 1:9-15 on “A Burden to Share the Gospel.”

Both of these sermons were delivered on Sunday, May 15th.

Pastor Roger Copeland – Unreasonable Thinking – Sermon begins at 17:50 mark

Pastor Cody Andrews – Having a Burden for Lost Souls

Truth from Arkansas! Sunday Sermon Series, #137

Today, in our ongoing “Truth from Arkansas” series, we’re featuring two new sermons from the brethren down under.

First, we have Pastor Roger Copeland of Northern Hills Baptist Church in Texarkana, preaching from 2 Timothy 1:5 on “A Mom’s Legacy of Faith.”

Next, we have Pastor Cody Andrews of Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Star City preaching from Romans 1:1-7 on “Why We Are Servants.”

Both of these sermons were delivered on Sunday, May 8.

Pastor Roger Copeland – A Mom’s Legacy of Faith

Pastor Cody Andrews – Why We Are Servants

Truth from Arkansas! Sunday Sermon Series, #136

Today, in our ongoing “Truth from Arkansas” series, we’re featuring two new sermons from the brethren down under.

First, we have Pastor Roger Copeland of Northern Hills Baptist Church in Texarkana, preaching from Romans 1:18-32 on “The Righteous Wrath of God.”

Next, we have Pastor Cody Andrews of Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Star City preaching from Joshua 14:1-15 on “Are You Serving Whole Heartedly or Half Heartedly?”

Both of these sermons were delivered on Sunday, May 1st.

Pastor Roger Copeland – The Righteous Wrath of God – Sermon begins at 26:25 mark

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Pastor Cody Andrews – Are You Serving Whole Heartedly or Half Heartedly?

Truth from Arkansas! Sunday Sermon Series, #135

Today, in our ongoing “Truth from Arkansas” series, we’re featuring two new sermons from the brethren down under.

First, we have Pastor Roger Copeland of Northern Hills Baptist Church in Texarkana, preaching from Romans 1:8-16 on “Bold in Prayer.”

Next, we have Pastor Cody Andrews of Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Star City preaching from John 21:18-25 on “Are You Satisfied With Your Relationship With Christ?”

Both of these sermons were delivered on Sunday, April 24th.

Pastor Roger Copeland – Bold in Prayer

Pastor Cody Andrews – Are You Satisfied With Your Relationship With Christ?

Jack Hyles and Fundamentalist Seduction

Fundamental Seduction: The Jack Hyles Case
By Voyle A. Glover
Brevia Publishing Company, 1990, 486 pp.

4 Stars

Shortly after my wife and I accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior in 1983, we began attending an independent fundamental Baptist (IFB) church not far from our home. The IFB movement was quite prominent back in those days. Remember Jerry Falwell? Falwell was an IFB pastor, although not a “shouter” or “brow beater” as was the IFB norm. One of the other IFB “superstar” pastors of that period was Jack Hyles, who pastored one of the largest churches, IFB or otherwise, in the country at the time, First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana (FBCH) , 23 miles south of Chicago, with over 15,000 in attendance on any given Sunday. Hyles trained young men to be pastors according to his strict formula at his Hyles-Anderson College and IFB pastors from all over the country flocked to the annual week-long Pastors’ School at FBCH to learn the secrets of Hyles’ successful “methods.”

Jack Hyles

In the 1980s, rumors of adulterous relationships began circulating at FBCH and within IFB circles, rumors involving Hyles’ son, David, and Jack Hyles himself. Evangelist Robert Sumner knocked over a hornets’ nest when he published a somewhat detailed exposé of Hyles in his The Biblical Evangelist newspaper in 1989. Hyles had been in a long-term, adulterous relationship with the wife of one of his deacons, Vic Nischik. Several men of the church went to Hyles regarding the allegations involving him and his son, but Hyles denied everything. A “100% for Hyles” campaign was started at the church with Hyles’ approval.

Attorney and FBCH member, Voyle Glover became convinced of the accusations against Hyles and wrote this book in 1990. In addition to presenting FBCH “insider” evidence of Hyles’ guilt, Glover informs the reader how Hyles had achieved cult-leader status and control at FBCH. Members were systematically indoctrinated to follow Hyles wherever he might lead and submit to him completely. Hyles’ sermons glorified himself rather than God. Brow-beater? Yup, Brother Hyles could brow-beat and bully his membership, individually and collectively, as well as any “loud and proud” IFB pastor. It’s difficult for non-IFBers to understand, but there was a cultish, Jim Jones/David Koresh-ish dimension to IFB pastors’ sway over their congregations.

Most FBCH members would not even consider the abundant evidence of Hyles’ marital infidelity presented by Sumner and Glover. Vic Nischik also wrote a book in 1990, “The Wizard of God: My Life With Jack Hyles,” describing some of the details of his wife’s affair with Hyles. The final nail in the coffin came many years later, in 2013, when Hyles’ own daughter, Linda, also confirmed the allegations.

Hyles survived the scandal, thanks to his loyal (aka brainwashed) congregation, although he was battered and bruised. Many fellow IFB pastors distanced themselves from Hyles and withdrew standing invitations for the “celebrity pastor” to speak at their churches. Jack Hyles died in 2001. His son-in-law, Jack Schaap, succeeded him as pastor at FBCH until he was arrested in 2012 for having sexual relations with a 16-year-old female church member. Pulpit bully, Schaap, no doubt had felt the same type of privileged impunity as his father-in-law predecessor.

This book brought back so many cringeworthy memories of my IFB days. Pastor idolatry was the norm in the IFB. Pastors were put on pedestals. IFB pastors controlled their people through manipulation and fear. The IFB movement has since declined significantly. It has nowhere near the influence it had back in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. The takeaway from this book (and this post) is not to idolize any man. We follow God and His Word and don’t put men on pedestals.

I had read and reviewed two books on Jack Hyles previously (see here and here) and desired to read Glover’s book, but it’s been out of print and used copies were über expensive. However, Glover recently made the book available via Kindle. The transcription to ebook gets a B+ although a drawback to “Fundamental Seduction” is the large amount of redundant material. Glover could have used a good editor. I would hazard that about one-third of the text could have been excised with no effect on Glover’s fundamental message.

Above is a disturbing 3-minute video of Jack Hyles manipulating and browbeating his congregation at First Baptist Church, Hammond. To Hyles’ right, in one “seat of honor,” is his wife, Beverly. To the left of Hyles, in the other seat of honor, is his secretary and mistress, Mrs. Nischik. Despite the close proximity, the two women did not fraternize and were not on speaking terms.

Truth from Arkansas! Sunday Sermon Series, #134

Today, in our ongoing “Truth from Arkansas” series, we’re featuring two new sermons from the brethren down under.

First, we have Pastor Roger Copeland of Northern Hills Baptist Church in Texarkana, preaching from 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 on “What Do I Really Need To Know About Easter?”

Next, we have Pastor Cody Andrews of Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Star City preaching from Matthew 27:57-66 and 28:1-6 on “How Can You Know That He Lives?”

Both of these sermons were delivered on Sunday, April 17th.

Pastor Roger Copeland – What Do I Really Need To Know About Easter?

⚠️ Disclaimer: It’s regrettable that Pastor Copeland favorably references Rome-friendly apologist and ecumenist, Lee Strobel, in the beginning of this sermon. Many of today’s evangelical pastors do not have wisdom or discernment when it comes to ecumenism with Rome.

Pastor Cody Andrews – How Can You Know That He Lives? – Sermon begins at 5:58 mark

Truth from Arkansas! Sunday Sermon Series, #133

Today, in our ongoing “Truth from Arkansas” series, we’re featuring a new sermon from the brethren down under. We have Pastor Roger Copeland of Northern Hills Baptist Church in Texarkana, preaching from Romans 1:1-7 on “The Constitution of Christianity.” This sermon was delivered on Sunday, April 10th.

The sermon from that Sunday from Pastor Cody Andrews of Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Star City was not available due to technical difficulties.

Pastor Roger Copeland – The Constitution of Christianity