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[SOURCE: Linda (Hyles) Murphrey’s testimony at the TEDxOjaiChange event (Bill Gates Umbrella) in Ojai, California, April 5, 2012].
Linda is divorced and has been for some years.
Following is the very sad testimony by the daughter of the late Dr. Jack Hyles, Pastor of the First Baptist Church Hammond, Founder of Hyles-Anderson College.
We offer this as Dr. Jack Schaap, pastor after Dr. Hyles, has just been exposed and confessed - to sex with teenagers - and fired as Pastor at First Baptist Hammond.
Some who know them all well - and have over the last 50 years - say Linda's Accuations are too harsh.
Others say they are exact!
Our prayer, is that YOU, our brother and fellow minister, AVOID the pitfalls that has led to devastating lives for Dr. Hyles four Children - all four of them - his legacy, and his good wife Beverly, now dying with cancer (Aug 2012).
Linda (Hyles) Murphrey was once the "Apple of her Daddy's eye" and a dedicated Christian, but it appears from this testimony that she has rejected biblical Christianity because of the hypocrisy she witnessed growing up . . .
. . .in the home of the man who claimed God had given him “the steering wheel of fundamentalism” . . .and who boasted that his church “was the greatest church in the history of Christianity.”
Sadly, in some ways it was: the winning of souls, of 230 busses running weekly and baptisms of more souls on the big days than at Pentecost.
The flaw that pervaded Dr. Jack Hyles Ministry - especially his home - has yet to be fully understood, as many thousands who were there through it all, declare him a saint.
In Linda's breack with her family, her life story as given to the Bill Gates Foundation creating a NEW WORLD with an Atheist View, Linda Hyles (formerly) mentions God only once and entirely leaves out Jesus Christ, the Bible, the new birth, and salvation through the cross.
Linda Hyles-Murphrey, beginning in her late 20s, underwent years of psychotherapy and “deprogramming.”
If Linda is still a professing Christian - and we trust she separates the CROSS of CHRIST from the Book Sales of her Dad - she did not mention Christ or Christianity in the TEDxChange forum.
Neither did she give any glory whatsoever to Jesus Christ or credit to the Bible or Biblical salvation for her healing.
The context of Linda’s talk is a series of events sponsored by the Bill and Linda Gates Foundation.
Bill makes no Christian profession - and in fact - seems to be attacking Christianity these days. His wife Melinda is a Roman Catholic who picks and chooses what part of Catholicism she accepts, but their spiritual passion is a to build a new age by creating a better world.
To this end they funded a series of 188 TEDxChange events “to focus on issues surrounding global health and development.”
Linda (Hyles) Murphrey spoke at one of these in Ojai, California, April 5, 2012.
The theme of the Ojai meeting was “The Big Picture” and its New Age theme was “the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world.”
Linda (Hyles) Murphrey was introduced as a “certified personal and professional development coach” and “a practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.”
According to this practice, which is mentioned in the book The New Age Tower of Babel, by Minister David Cloud
** It teaches that words and thoughts affect one’s nervous system and by learning to control the nervous system one can accomplish anything.
Linda is convinced that she has found truth and freedom, but in reality it appears that she has merely moved from one cult to another.
JACK HYLES’ DAUGHTER’S TESTIMONY OF GROWING UP IN A CULT
The following is excerpted from Linda Murphrey’s testimony at the TEDxOjaiChange event in Ojai, California, April 5, 2012:
“My dad (Jack Hyles) pastored a church that evolved into a 50,000-member cult.
It operated and still operates under the guise of an independent fundamental Baptist church. But those who have left, the followers who have tried to leave, the outsiders, even the media (it was on 20/20 last year) recognize that it is clearly a cult.
“Every member was in complete obedience to my father.
They didn’t dare disagree or be disloyal, for fear of being publicly ridiculed or punished or banished for doing so.
They didn’t go on a vacation without asking my dad’s permission, and if he had said to drink the Kool-aid, I’m not kidding, they would have.
“My dad lived a double life, one of a righteous family man and of a dynamic speaker in the public eye, but [another] one of sordid sexual secrets privately, secrets that only my siblings and me and my mom knew.
He hated my mom.
Treated her terribly.
And even turned his own children (Linda has two sisters, Becky and Cindy, and a brother Dave) against our mother.
We hated her.
He told us she was crazy.
We thought to make him happy, we would hate her too.
Our home was so full of turmoil, hatred, stress, strife, and as a little girl, it was isolating, it was intense, and it was frightening.
He had affairs.
He had a mistress for many years, the wife of a Sunday School teacher. He built her family a beautiful home right around the corner from our house.
You could see their family from our back door. It was craziness, living one way, preaching another.
“My older brother became another version of my father. He pastored a church in Texas (Miller Road Dallas) and was found to be having affairs with 14 different women.
He divorced his wife and lived with one of the 14, (whose baby died under Dave's Watch, for which he took the 5th amendment and the case is still open, according to some - eventually Dave married this gal, they had another son, and she backed over him with her car and killed him).
My father tried desperately to cover it up.
My dad moved my brother to another church where he was found to have had 17 affairs with different women, and he just recreated what he had seen my dad live.
And my dad did nothing but cover it up.
I felt like I had one main responsibility as a child. It was simple, but daunting, and that was to keep all the secrets, and there were so many.
“You see, he had taught us that the best way to please God was to please him (dad), because he was God’s man.
He taught us that to please him we had to keep all the secrets. We could never even tell our best friends what went on in our home, because we might be the cause of the destruction of his ministry.
I literally feared for my very life if I ever told what went on in our home, for fear that it would hurt his ministry.
I was so afraid, and the greater the secrets, the greater my fear, and the greater my determination to keep quiet.
“I got to tell you that the money part of it was pretty nice.
As a kid--think about it, tithes and offerings from 50,000 people, hello--it created a lavish lifestyle.
[NOTE: This is a misstatement here, as the Hyles and all staff lived in very modest homes, and had very modest salaries, and often, the Hyles family did not own a family car, but drove the Church "mail wagon" - a used station wagon of 7-10 years old.That Bro. Hyles OVERSAW the receiving and spending of millions, is NOT having it for himself like the HEALTH and WEALTH ministers!
It was this Great sacrifice, (living in Chicago with a Salary of $14,500 a year in the middle 1980's!) that caused his people to rust him.
>> He often worked 14-16 hours a day, 7-days a week!
>> Put all of his book sales in the ministry;
>> Lived very simply;
>> He insisted all folks of all ages simply call him Bro. Hyles, and did not accept the Dr. Title at his Church, seeming to have great humility
>> SO what was there to "doubt" or "suspect?"
LINDA CONTINUES: My father owned most of the city where the church was. He owned a college, two high schools, two grade schools, a cemetery, lots of buildings.
He was very wealthy.
And even to our adult years, he owned us. He owned our homes, our cars, our furniture. [The CHURCH owned the houses of the ministers as "parsonages"].
He owned our lives, and we didn’t dare cross him, because we were too afraid we would lose everything.
He died a multi-millionaire.
He left nothing to his children.
He left everything to the organization, which my younger sister and her husband now lead.
***[NOTE: But isn't this how it should be? Isn't this the great cry of the HEALTH and WEALTH ministries that they TAKE all the money from the ministry for themselves, . . . give it to their children (Joyce Meyer, Oral Roberts, Copelands, etc.,) and ofter leave ministries in disrepair and broke!
So it seems Bro. Hyles heart was in the right place, money wise!]
And they still perpetuate his legacy: the strict rules, the undying loyalty, and they still try to keep all the secrets”
[SOURCE: Linda (Hyles) Murphrey’s testimony at the TEDxOjaiChange event (Bill Gates Umbrella) in Ojai, California, April 5, 2012].
It seems like Jack Hyles’ daughter Linda confirms everything that was reported by others in the late 1980s and early 1990s - such as the Book written by member and attorney on Dr. Hyles, the immorality, the lies, the cover ups, the mind control, the demand of unquestioning loyalty, the misuse of ministry money.
(By the way, the idea that there were tithes and offerings from 50,000 people is based on Linda’s own misunderstanding of how the cult operated. The huge numbers were for bragging purposes only.
They never reflected the reality of the tithing membership at First Baptist. At the same time, Hyles did have access to a lot of money which he spent without accountability.)
Yet Dr. Hyles continued to be honored widely among fundamental Baptists until his death.
In fact, he is still widely praised today. His son-in-law, Jack Schaap, who took over the cult upon Hyles’ death, was never as popular or influential beyond First Baptist itself, because he simply didn’t have the charisma, . . .
. . .but large numbers of fundamental Baptist pastors continued to associate with First Baptist of Hammond and Hyles-Anderson College and continued to speak in conferences together with Schaap (until he was dismissed from the pastorate in August 2012 for immorality).
Why wasn’t Hyles’ widely exposed as a fraud?
The evidence was readily available, and we aren’t talking about second hand reports; we’re talking about the testimony of eyewitnesses.
Why did most IFB preachers turn a deaf ear to the well-documented reports of his ministry-disqualifying sins? Why did so many wear the “100% Hyles” button: if not the actual button, at least a mental one that brooked no “criticism” of the “man of God”?
Why did so many pretend that it wasn’t their business, that it was “a local church matter,” even when Hyles was influencing hundreds of of thousands of people beyond his own church?
One reason is that the errors that Hyles’ represented have spread so widely among fundamental Baptists: e.g., the cheap Quick Prayerism, the carnal promotional gimmickry that turned the house of God into a circus (this has died down some now but in the 1980s multitudes of IFB churches practiced it),
The bragging and self-promotion by pastors who were trying to get on The Sword of the Lord’s biggest and the best list,
The cultic principle that to “criticize” the preacher is to “touch the Lord’s anointed” and to “shoot the wounded,”
The idea that a man can commit gross immorality and remain qualified for the pastorate (which is like allowing a chicken-eating dog to guard to the hen house).
It is unlikely that a preacher who was guilty of such things would be a critic of Jack Hyles.
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