April 28, 2003 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, firstname.lastname@example.org; for instructions about subscribing and unsubscribing or changing addresses, see the information paragraph at the end of the article) -
When Jack Hyles died in 2001, the pastorate of First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana, passed to his son-in-law, Jack Schaap.
Schaap has since published a series of booklets titled "God's Plan for Your Money" that borrows heavily from the hyper-charismatic prosperity teaching of Don Meares, the pastor of Evangel Temple near Washington, D.C. Meares is a proponent of the "Kingdom Now" theology that teaches that the church will take over the world and be made wealthy before the return of Christ. He lives a lavish lifestyle and claims that God is giving him new revelations for these days. He is associated with many of the radical charismatics such as Oral Roberts, Kenneth Copeland, Rod Parsley, Benny Hinn, Paul Crouch, and Creflo Dollar, Jr. (who claims that Jesus was rich). Meares believes that God is raising up new apostles and prophets for our day.
Note the following quotes from Schaap's booklets:
Jack Schaap: "Every promise to Abraham is my blessing, and I receive that blessing by the act of tithing because that was when Abraham was blessed. The blessing was released when the tithe was given."
Actually the blessing of Abraham comes upon those who believe. He is known in Scripture as the father of faith, not the father of tithing! "And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe ... Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be" (Rom. 4:11, 18).
Jack Schaap: "The windows [referring to Malachi 3:10] allow the tither to see into another dimension. That dimension allows the tither to rear his children, run his marriage, to have a happy home, and to have insight into Scripture."
This strange doctrine of tithing bringing "another dimension" has no biblical basis. It is strictly the figment of a fevered charismatic imagination. Note the following quote from Why Tithe? by Don Meares: "When you tithe, you can expect God to open the windows of heaven and dimensions of spiritual insight. You can expect God to show you your destiny, who you are and where you are to go. When you do not tithe, God will not show you anything." It is sad to see a fundamental Baptist preacher gullibly borrowing such nonsense.
Jack Schaap: "He was no longer Jacob the hustler, the shyster, or the trickster; he was Israel, a prince with God. ... Jacob said, 'I saw who I really was. I saw what God's destiny was for me,' and that destiny was showed to a man who promised he would be a tither."
Actually, Jacob was given the vision and promises of God BEFORE he pledged a tithe to God and his tithing had nothing to do with the divine covenant that he inherited or with the revelation that God gave him.
Jack Schaap: "You say, 'What is that blessing?' It's the windows of Heaven. 'What are the windows of Heaven?' It's that perception, that insight. No wonder Jeremiah understood that he was called from his mamma's womb. I bet his daddy was a tither."
Schaap tells us that Jeremiah received divine revelation because his father was a tither. All I can say to this is that it must be something Pastor Schaap got from deep within the Hebrew!
Jack Schaap: "[Referring to Matthew 13:23] Your ground is your heart. God says, 'I have the power to produce fruit in your heart, and those who tithe will produce fruit in their heart when they hear the Word of God.'"
Schaap quotes God here, but for the live of me, I can't find it in the Bible. That particular quote must be in the book of 2nd Opinions. You know, the book that contains those famous verses "cleanliness is next to godliness" and "God helps those who help themselves."
Jack Schaap: "The tither's heart is protected from the world and Satan. ... The tither is not easily offended. ... The tither has special insight into God's Word. ... The tither is a fruit bearer. ... God promises that the children of tithing parents will reach their potential. ... Those who have love and joy and peace and longsuffering and gentleness and goodness and faith and meekness and temperance are those who tithe.""
I thought those were the fruits of walking in right relationship with Jesus Christ and His Word and being filled by the Holy Spirit, but now I see that they come through tithing. This is indeed a new revelation.
Jack Schaap: "Abraham tithed because he wanted God's blessing."
No, Abraham tithed because he HAD God's blessing and he wanted to honor the God who had blessed him. Abraham didn't tithe until Genesis 14, but God had already blessed him in Genesis 12. When we come to the time of Malachi, God did promise to bless tithing, but that is long after the days of Abraham. To say that Abraham tithed because he wanted God's blessing is simply not found in the Bible and is mere speculation.
Jack Schaap: "Nobody is immune from the devourer touching his life, but God says, 'How would you like it if I personally walk up to that spirit that wants to give you a hard time and say, 'SIT DOWN!' Would that help you at all? God will control the spirit o the devourer, that spirit that hurts your marriage, that wounds your heart, that oppresses you. ... I love tithing! I sit there and put my tithe in and say, 'I'm protected! Don't mess with me! You say, 'Do you think your hot stuff?' No, but I've got an awesome Bodyguard. I double-dog dare you to hurt me because I know Who protects me. Tithe! It's the best form of insurance you'll ever have."
Schaap tells us that tithing will not only bring prosperity, but it will take care of ALL of your problems. This is truly an amazing new revelation.
Jack Schaap: "According to Genesis 4, offerings are associated with tithes. ... According to Genesis 4:4, Abel brought a tithe which was the firstling, and he brought an offering, in that order. ... The result of Abel's obedience is recorded in Genesis 4:4b, '...And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering. God respected the obedience of the obeyer; consequently, He could receive Abel's offering. Abel was qualified to make an offering because he had given God his firstfruits. Genesis 4:5 says, But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect...' Why? Because Cain had not obeyed by giving the tithe first. Obedience is the prerequisite for sacrifice."
This is a very dangerous bit of scriptural twisting and it touches upon the very gospel itself. Schaap is saying that God accepted Abel because he brought a tithe, not because he brought the bloody animal sacrifice that fore figured the cross-work of Christ. In fact, Hebrews 11:4 says, "By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain..." Abel was not bringing a tithe; he was bringing a sacrifice, a sin offering. Hebrews 12:24 also plainly states that Abel's offering pointed to Christ. Furthermore, Schaap claims that "obedience is the prerequisite for sacrifice." If I must obey God before I can claim the blood of Christ, which is what was depicted by Abel's offering, then that is a works gospel.
Jack Schaap: "Nowhere in the Bible does it say that the law was hung on the cross; the Bible says ordinances were hung on the cross."
This is the worse blunder of all. Pastor Schaap claims that the commandments of the Mosaic Law, particularly the Ten Commandments, were not taken away by Christ. In fact, Paul says very plainly that the entire Mosaic Law was "done away" in Christ. In 2 Corinthians 3, he refers to that which was "written and engraven in stones" (verse 7). Obviously he is speaking of the Ten Commandments and the other laws that were written on Mt. Sinai. Paul calls those commandments a "ministration of death" (v. 7) and a "ministration of condemnation" (v. 9). The reason for this is that man is sinful and he cannot keep God's holy law. Thus the only thing the law can do for man is to show him his sin and point him to the Saviour, Jesus Christ (Gal. 3:10-13, 24-26). Paul through the Holy Spirit plainly tells us that the Mosaic Law was "DONE AWAY" (v. 11) through the blood of Christ. Hallelujah! The believer is no longer under its condemnation. We live by a higher and better law, which is called the "law of liberty" (James 1:25), "the royal law" (James 2:8), the "law of the Spirit" (Rom. 8:2), and the "law of Christ" (Gal. 6:2).
To me, it is not surprising to find a fundamental Baptist pastor borrowing from the Charismatic prosperity message. This fall it will have been 30 years since I became a fundamental Baptist preacher, and I know something about what is going on in our midst. Too many independent Baptist preachers are lazy Bible students. Too many have nursed the saints with topical milk and beat them with hobby horses and pet peeves and tickled their ears with wild stories instead of grounding them in the meat of God's Word and discipling them in the spiritual life of Christ. Too many are willfully uneducated about the heresies and compromises of our day. They don't know what is going on and they don't want to know and they rebuke any man who tries to inform them. Too many have bought into the positive-only philosophy and refuse to plainly identify error and false teachers. Therefore they and their people are susceptible to being deceived by those very errors. Too many are looking for something that "works," some pragmatic methodology that will build a larger church and bring in more offerings and are not exercising keen spiritual and biblical discernment about such things.
The Charismatic movement is powerful and is influencing fundamentalist and fundamental Baptist churches in many other ways. Charismatic music is coming in. Charismatic dress standards (meaning NO dress standards) are coming in. The Charismatic judge-not philosophy is coming in.
In our estimation, the Charismatic movement is one of the glues of End Times apostasy. Be wise and beware!
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