The following comments to Jack Schaap by Jack Hyles’ daughter Linda Murphrey is excerpted from her recent “Open Letter to First Baptist Church of Hammond.” Schaap is the husband of another of Hyles’ daughters, Cindy, and is thus Linda’s brother-in-law.
Murphrey writes: “When I stop to think about it, I realize that Jack [Schaap] was once a victim himself--that does not at all excuse his crime, not in the least. But I see Jack as a victim-turned-predator like my brother. Both were victims of my dad. Both eventually mimicked the ways of my father and ultimately learned from the master how to prey upon innocent people.
Jack, if you happen to read this, surely you now realize that one of us should have spoken up years ago. I regret for all of our sakes that I did not. And shame on you and Cindy for staying silent, for perpetuating and preserving the false image of Jack Hyles. You knew what my dad was like. You had a front row seat to the hypocrisy. And you stayed silent, too, as we all did. ... I recently watched some of your sermons online. I had never heard you preach before and was astonished. Who did you become? This wasn't the Jack Schaap I knew when you first married Cindy.
This wasn't the Jack Schaap that used to hang out and watch football at our house in our early adult lives. This was a man impersonating Jack Hyles, attempting to embody Jack Hyles, so enamored with your success in doing so that it was beyond belief--truly one of the strangest things I had ever seen. Did you know how much you were changing? I used to wonder, did my dad know how much he had changed, how bizarre his behavior had become? Or is the change such a gradual evolution that when you look in the mirror, you don’t see who you've become? You don’t see the monster looking back at you.”
(Friday Church News Notes, March 22, 2013, www.wayoflife.org firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)