Quote of the Day:
"...For among my people are found wicked men; they lie in wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men. As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit; therefore they are become great, and waxen rich. They are waxen fat, they shine; yea, they pass over the deeds of the wicked; they judge not the cause...The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means, and my people love to have it so; and what will ye do in the end of it all?"..."From from the least of them even unto the greatest of them everyone is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely."..."Were they ashamed when they had committed abominations? Nay, they were not ashamed neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall; at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD."..."Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them." From Jeremiah 5 and 6
NOTE: I have finally been able to scan in copies of the handwritten letter from a pastor to Hutson and two pages in THE CURTIS HUTSON LETTER response. Simply click on the links.
Also, those of you who are interested in the Jack Hyles/Curtis Hutson stories should be interested in developing the skills necessary to identify evil people with whom you come into contact on a daily basis. To that end I encourage you to visit my posts on The Northside Baptist Story. Hyles and Hutson are gone. But there are many people who follow their pernicious and evil ways.
THE CURTIS HUTSON LETTER
On November 30, 1990, Dr. Curtis Hutson, the late President and Editor of the Sword of the Lord newspaper, responded to a letter of inquiry from a pastor/friend regarding Dr. Jack Hyles and the adultery scandal surrounding Hyles at the time. It was accompanied by an unsigned, handwritten note.
I received a copy of the Download hutsona.pdf (627.5K)">handwritten note and the Download hutson1.pdf (855.6K)">first and Download hutson2.pdf (469.7K)">second pages of Curtis Hutson's two page letter. The information was sent by attorney Voyle Glover, a one-time deacon of First Baptist Church of Hammond, Ind., Hyles’ church. Voyle Glover authored the book about the Jack Hyles scandal[s] at First Baptist called Fundamental Seduction.
PLEASE NOTE: I received the correspondence sometime in 1991. Both Dr. Curtis Hutson and Dr. Jack Hyles were alive at that time. Certainly both men were aware during their respective lifetimes that this correspondence was being circulated: fundamentalism is not a very large group and preachers love to talk to each other about such "current events." It appears - at least to this longtime observer of self-enshrined fundamentalist popes - that Hutson and Hyles chose to publicly ignore the letter. They would not be the first fundamentalists to ignore such information; they both were taking a great deal of heat during this time. Most fundamentalist big wigs have learned that secret slander and retaliation can accomplish what could not be done openly and in public. If anyone can provide me with a written or oral rebuttal from either of these men - over their signatures or in their voices - I will be happy to post such a rebuttal in unedited form. That is only right and just. (This paragraph added August 6, 2007)
I believe the correspondence is genuine. The elements of the letter are consistent with every fact of which I am aware, especially the Sword of the Lord's dismissive handling of Dr. Jack Hyles' adulterous affair with his secretary and the slaven support the Sword of the Lord continued to give Hyles after the scandal broke. A Gospel minister is to be "blameless" and above reproach. Hyles was neither. One need only contrast Hutson's handling of the affair with that of Robert Sumner in the Biblical Evangelist article titled "The Saddest Story Ever Told" in which the BE laid out the details of the charges of adultery against Dr. Jack Hyles.
For years Hutson's newspaper has been ridiculed as the "Sort of the Lord." The Hutson letter is consistent with what I know of how fundamentalists operate within the culture they have created; Glover well-spoke when he spoke of "the entirety of it all" because Hutson seems to employ every element and trick practiced by members of fundamentalist leadership. Hutson's letter gives the reader an unfiltered look at how Fundamentalist preachers/ministers think and operate and how politics often trump truth and biblical principles within fundamentalism.
Voyle Glover's cover letter:
Recently this came to me. I felt it would be of interest to you and have therefore passed it along. It appears to be genuine. A pastor has apparently released this letter after Hutson, a long time friend, wrote this letter to him in response to a letter he’d written Hutson. The pastor aganized over it for two days before releasing it. He called Hutson and says in a note with the letter, that Hutson threatened to ruin him if he released the letter and then begged him not to release it. I don’t know who the pastor is. You’ll have to judge and evaluate the information, the validity and credibility of it all for yourself. I felt it was significant enough in terms of the entirety of it all to forward it along to you.
I’ve also enclosed a copy of one letter sent to me and one sent to Bob Sumner from a Canadian pastor regarding my book [Fundamental Seduction]. And because the writer raised an allegation that Voyle Glover had “hurt the cause of Christ,” I felt compelled to respond to this man and his charges. I’ve enclosed a copy of my response.
The handwritten note reads thus:
Just a note. I have been a very close friend of Dr. Curtis Hutson for many years. After waiting quite a few days and praying, I have decided to send this to these people Curtis mentions in the enclosed letter. I asked him point blank questions and this letter is his personal reply to me. Please read it. I called and told him I was going to send copies out and he said he would deny all of it and he would name me personally and it would ruin my church and ministry. He begged me to reconsider but I am doing what I think is right. I believe something should be done about Jack Hyles and now I believe something should be done about Curtis Hutson, too. I’m sick of the whole mess!
The third piece of correspondence is on Sword of the Lord stationery and is signed “Curtis Hutson”. It is addressed “Dear Bro. “ with the name of the recipient redacted. The "typo's" have been faithfully reproduced in this transcription.
Dear Bro. ________:
Thank you for your letter; it was good to see you the other day and I am glad God is blessing your church. I am typing this letter myself so please excuse the mistakes.
Now let me briefly answer your questions:
1. Yes, I do believe Dr. Jack Hyles has done wrong, has sinned, and there has been a cover-up. I have recently been given some information that proves his wrong doing and sin. One of his own children has stated all of it is true. I have been told his wife has said it is true also. Financial improprieties? Yes. Immorality? Yes[.]
2. No, I will not ask him to resign from the Sword Board. I believe it is a loc al church issue and evidently First Baptis[t] Church has decided not to didlipline [sic] Dr. Hyles. Dr. Hyles has told me he has confessed his sin and wrong doing, he is now right with God, and feels his resignation or public apology would do more harm than good for Fundamentalism, young preachers, and churches across America. We here at the Sword concur with him. Am I a part of the cover-up, you will have to answer that question.
3. Yes, I do believe that all the good Dr. Jack Hyles and Dave Hyles have done does indeed out-weigh their wrong. I believe they have many rewards waiting for them in Heaven.
4. My fellowship with Bill Rice, Voegtlin, Handford, Lee, Nelson, Van Impe, Kelly, and others has been strained and even broken. I believe they have done much more harm to Fundamentalism and this ministry than Hyles. They have sinned just a much, if not more, as Dr. Jack Hyles. No, I will not preach with them or for them and I will not have them preach for me. Yes, I will have Dr. Hyles preach for me.
5. Yes, Dr. Roberson knows of Hyles’ sin; I have talked to him about it.
6. Yes, I have been asked to resign. No, I will not.
7. I believe Bob Sumner to be of the devil himself. He is a bold faced liar. I dare him to prove or even attempt to prove any immorality on my part. If [it] were not for him, I would not be constantly badgered with all these questions concerning Jack Hyles and the Sword of the Lord would not be in the condition it is today. God will take care of Jack Hyles and I believe, at least I am praying, He will take care of Bob Sumner too. If Fundamentalism collapses it will be Sumners fault and a host of other preachers[‘].
8. Yes, John Stancil is the music director at my son Tony’s church here in Murfreesboro.
Now you know the impact and influence Jack Hyles has here on our ministry. So if you think I am hanging onto his coattails then so be it. My dear friend, I believe hyou are sincere and want to do right, but please do not write me again concerning any of this. You have been a very good friend to me through the years I don’t want to lose that friendship, but please keep this in the stricktest confidence. All of this will pass by soon and we can go on. By the way, you know I will deny all of this if it gets out.
Sadly, this is the way independent fundamentalist Baptist big wigs operate - and it matters not whether they be associated with Hyles or Jones: except for personal style, they all emulate the Cretians. They wax fat and they shine over (wink at and cover-up) the wickedness of their colleagues in order to maintain a squeaky clean public image and keep others quiet about their own pet sins and scams. Keep a reign on your spiritual leaders and subject them to biblical accountability. If each one of us who have named the Name of Christ fail to keep our spiritual leaders accountable, then we should not be surprised at the corruption that will take root amongst us.
Unfortunately, a form of guruism has crept into IFB circles wherein some men are above earthly accountability. This is wrong. There is not enough fear - fear of exposure and fear of defrocking - in professional independent Baptist fundamentalism today. The solution lies within the individual priesthood, the everyday Christian man or woman, who, like Paul, is not afraid to rebuke sinful men o' the cloth: "Them that sin rebuke before all that others may fear." (I Timothy 5:20) A sinful, abusive preacher or gospel minister will quake in fear of exposure at the appearance of biblically obedient Pauline Christian men and women.
One of the motivating factors for this blog is to send a message to professional fundamentalists like Bob Jones III, John Stevens, Bob Vallier, Barry Owens, Timothy Butler, Rod Bell, John Vaughan, etc., that there are still a few men who are not afraid to stand up and expose their wickedness and/or duplicity and hypocrisy. Like Dr. Bob Jones Sr. once said, "It is better to wash dirty linen in public than to not wash it at all."