Jack Hyles was not part of the New IFB (part 6) – Repentance

Love him or hate him, Jack Hyles can only be co-opted by the New IFB because he is dead. Read the other articles in this series to see why he wouldn’t fit in with the New IFB.

However, one of the things Hyles is closest to the New IFB on is his misunderstanding of the doctrine of repentance.

Hyles both preached and wrote that repentance is only from unbelief and no other sin. This of course is false on its face, as a person cannot be, for example, a worshipper of the true God and also a worshipper of Allah – one must repent of their sin of worshipping a false God. One must believe Christ alone.

However, earlier in his ministry, Hyles wasn’t so afraid of talking about repentance. He told the same story in two of his books – “Let’s go soul winning” and “Let’s build an evangelistic church.” Here it is:

I said, “Those are Scriptures about the dedication of the home. Now would you like to pray a prayer of home dedication?”
They said that would be real nice. So we all got on our knees. I prayed and then said, “Mr. Hill, you want to pray a prayer of dedication for you home, don’t you?”
“Yes, sir,” he said.
I said, “Mr. Hill, this is the prayer to say: ‘Dear Lord, be merciful to me a sinner and forgive my sins and save my soul. I do now repent of my sins and trust Jesus to save me.’” He prayed the prayer. She prayed the same prayer.  We got off our knees and they were both crying. I said, “That’s wonderful! Now you said you were saved when you were three, didn’t you?” Mr. Hill looked at me and said, “No, I just got saved a minute ago.” That is a long way around to get the Gospel to them without them wanting it if you don’t think they are saved.

That’s one plan of salvation that would get Jack Hyles kicked out of a New IFB church

Post Author: Joshua Lindsey

My name is Joshua Lindsey. I live in Minnesota, and with my wife and children am a faithful member of my local independent Baptist Church. I have taught Sunday School classes and children’s classes, and also had the opportunity to preach at several churches. I teach Bible college classes on the Pentateuch, Atheism and Faith, Chrsitian Denominations, Bible Preservation (A defense of the underlying texts of the KJV), Bible Geography and Customs, Church Graphic Design, and some others. My father is an Independent Baptist Pastor in Wisconsin, and I grew up in a home full of love for the Lord. My parents raised me in the Bible, and are faithful to this day in witnessing and discipling. Although I was constantly immersed in biblical teaching and preaching, I did not personally believe in Jesus as described in John 3:16 until my freshman year in Bible college. In the many years since then, I have grown in grace and the Lord has given me opportunity to serve him in ministry. Among other ministries, I run my church’s print shop and participate in door-to-door evangelism. In doctrine, I affirm the truth that has been passed down from church to church since the time of Christ. I affirm the deity of Christ, his death, burial, and bodily resurrection, the personhood of the Holy Spirit, the Trinity, the virgin birth, the inerrancy and infallibility of the scriptures, the inspiration and preservation of the scriptures, the imminent return of Christ and his future literal millennial reign. I accept the canonicity of the 66 books of scripture, I believe that God commands all men to repent, that Christ draws all men to himself, that any person can believe and be saved. I believe salvation cannot be forfeited or taken away. I believe Christ’s command to go to all the world and preach the Gospel is still applicable to us today. I believe in a future literal judgment seat of Christ and a Great white throne judgment. I believe that no person will enter heaven except through Jesus Christ. I reject all false religions: Islam, Judaism, new Age, etc. I reject the teaching that God elects some men to damnation, giving them no chance to be saved. I reject the idea that God did not preserve his words and that recent manuscript discoveries provide us with a more accurate Bible that was not available to past generations of Christians. I reject the concept of a universal church. I reject the idea that Baptism plays a part in salvation. I believe many things additionally not listed here. My views align with the scripture and with the beliefs that faithful churches have held since the time of Christ, and have held under the title of “Baptist” for many centuries now.

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Jack Hyles did a lot of damage to fundamentalism in general. It is why there is “The New IFB” in the first place, and why Independent Baptists overall have a lot of struggles.