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Saturday, October 8, 2016


Dr. James A, PhD
If I have a job that is 30 miles away, having a car is not optional. My town may have only one mechanic. However, he’s a foul mouth jerk. I have no other choice but to sit through his diatribes and complain about his language, and even his sexist remarks. I explain I’m a Christian, and his language is offensive. Nevertheless, his record for fixing cars is impeccable. Nobody in town disputes that. He replies that I can take my car some where else. But, if I don’t get to work, I will lose my job and be unable to support my family.
I’m going to keep voicing my complaints about his attitude, but since he’s the only choice I have that I know can fix the car, I’m stuck. Allowing him to fix my car is not an endorsement of his behavior, but I have to weigh options against less than favorable alternatives.
This is how I feel about Donald Trump*. The recent release of an audio of him degrading women is despicable. There’s no excuse for it. It is offensive to me as a Christian, as a husband, and as a father. However, at this point, it’s Hillary or Trump, and in spite of Trump’s immoral rhetoric, he’s on the right track politically to getting America back in the right direction. Furthermore, Trump has a Godly running mate in Mike Pence, who I hope can be a good influence on Trump. Christians keep losing ground every four years, and our choices keep getting worse. Perhaps, if Trump wins, and the church does OUR job, the future candidates will give us greater options.
What liberals and the Gestapo Media want from these Trump Tapes, is to make this the standard on which the election should be decided. However, the liberals ignore Bill Clinton’s track record of raping women, and Hillary Clinton intimidating them into silence and laughing about the victim of child rape she attacked on behalf of her client in 1975. To further explicate their hypocrisy, these liberals recently made a spectacle out of Trump with a naked statute placed all over the country (it was a trending topic on Twitter called #NakedTrump), which are now being sold on E-Bay as miniature figures. The double standards of the far left are astounding, and yet they expect us to drop support of Trump over an asinine comment he made 11 years ago while virtually silent on these scandals surrounding the Clinton Crime Syndicate.
Moreover, we are on the brink of an INEVITABLE nuclear war with Russia thanks to Hillary & Obama. Hillary even helped Russia get the fuel for the war. Recent email leaks have tied Hillary to using the Clinton Foundation to secure uranium for Russia (for ignorant liberals, uranium is used to make nuclear weapons).
Leaks have also exposed Hillary staff rigging the election that knocked her Democratic opponent, Bernie Sanders, out of the race: which subsequently lead to the deaths of several DNC staff. And the DNC debacle isn’t the only deadly statisticsurrounding the “Clinton Body Count”.
The Clinton’s talk of supporting the black community is a joke. Hillary ridiculed the disparate sentencing schemes that she claims unduly subject blacks to harsher sentences under mandatory drug laws. Perhaps it is her failing health that provoked a bout of amnesia since it was her husband that passed the mandatory sentences for those crimes in the mid-late 1990’s. Hillary opined that blacks were “super-predators” that should be “made to heal [like a dog]”. (That preceding link is from a source very antagonistic to Donald Trump. Thus any Black Lives Matter advocates reading this have no grounds for claiming bias.). Hillary considered a Grand Wizard of the KKK , Robert Byrd, (The KKK endorses Hillary) a great man and hero, which was defended by Bill Clinton because “he was just trying to get elected”.
Hillary helped stage a coup in Honduras, overthrowing a democratically elected leader, and leading to the assassination of a political activist that opposed Hillary’s involvement. Of course, the model for Hillary’s actions are based on a Satanic socialist she calls a hero named, Saul Alinsky. In fact, Hillary’s college thesis was written on Alinsky’s “Rules For Radicals”. Is it any wonder that the terrorist group, TALIBAN, has now also endorsed Hillary?
When the Clinton’s left the White House, they reported that they were “dead broke“. Since then, they have acquired literally millions upon millions of dollars through defrauding Blacks and Latinos (see Clinton Cash) and by accepting foreign donations from terrorist countries, while keeping 96% of the profits through their various foundations.
Wikileaks has also release a series of new documents further exposing the Clinton’s scandalous empire to mandate open borders and ignore terrorist threats.
Hillary has made this a political issue in the same manner she did with comments about a Mrs. Universe contestant. Though shortly after politicizing the issue with a “Mr. Trump, Words Matter” campaign, email leaks revealed she attempted to have the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, killed by a drone strike. Keep in mind, her “words matter” slogan was to convince America that Trump shouldn’t be around nuclear codes because of a ridiculous comment he allegedly made about “Miss Piggy”, which is clearly far more dangerous than threatening to drone-strike your nemesis.
I could write more, but I’d like to post this before the election. The list is virtually endless. The Hillary campaign is an extension of the massive globalist agenda propagated by Obama (although it certainly wasn’t started by him) that is deliberately designed to bring all Americans “to heal” to the ruling elite of the world. Hillary & Obama, with the help of George Soros, are bent on destroying what’s left of Godly American values and culture, and enslaving ever color and creed in America under the umbrella of a United Nations dictatorship. And according to brainwashed liberals, we should just let them do it, because even if Trump is the only mechanic competent enough to fix the American “car”, he said some rotten words 11 years ago. I won’t excuse Trump’s comment, and neither should any of his supporters. Neither must we remain silent on issues that we are still in disagreement with him over while continuing to support his campaign. But those who think Hillary should win by default because Trump didn’t have a filter towards women 11 years ago are in dire need of a thorough brain x-ray. We are not minimizing the severity and crudeness of Trump’s comment. But good night, if Bill & Hillary can get away with murder, treason, rape, leaking classified emails, and then hiding the evidence by hiring a specialist after staff were ordered to destroy their phones with hammers why on earth SHOULD we “dump Trump”??

I personally think Billy Bush saved this audio for a “rainy day”.  The video shows that the microphone belonged to him. He asked for it back when they parted on the Days of Our Lives set. It would be too risky to bribe Trump with it. So I believe he sat on it for several years and when the 2016 debates came around, opportunity knocked, and he was paid a hefty sum of money by a media outlet who knew it would be critical in the election. Again, I haven’t looked at all the facts yet, and this is my opinion, but Billy Bush is related to George Bush, who has recently supported Hillary Clinton. It was his mic, and this information has been held for 11 years, and released within one month of the election. Billy has recently been added to the Today Show. His net worth is reportedly around 9$M, but we know that’s chump-change compared to the wealth of the Clintons and Bushes. Thus knowing what the leak would do to his own reputation, the pay off would have to be worth it. But I seriously doubt liberals will expect as much from Billy Bush, as they expect from Donald Trump. None of the liberals on social media are calling on Billy to step down from any of his television engagements. Only Trump is being eviscerated. Enough said.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Uncensored Andy Rooney

Subject: Andy Rooney says....... 
Andy Rooney was one in a million.  At the end of '60 Minutes' he usually had 
his own 10 minute segment that, unbelievably, was never censored by CBS. 
He's probably the only one who could have gotten away with this. May he rest 
in peace.

I don't think being a minority makes you a victim of anything except 
numbers.. The only things I can think of that are truly discriminatory are 
things like the United Negro College Fund, Jet Magazine, Black Entertainment 
Television, and Miss Black America.
Try to have things like the United Caucasian College Fund, Cloud Magazine, 
White Entertainment Television, or Miss White America; and see what 
happens......Jesse Jackson will be knocking down your door.

Guns do not make you a killer. I think killing makes you a killer . You can 
kill someone with a baseball bat or a car, but no one is trying to ban you 
from driving to the ball game.

I believe they are called the Boy Scouts for a reason, which is why there 
are no girls allowed. Girls belong in the Girl Scouts! ARE YOU LISTENING 

I think that if you feel homosexuality is wrong,
it is not a phobia, it is an opinion.

I have the right 'NOT' to be tolerant of others because they are different, 
weird, or tick me off.

When 70% of the people who get arrested are black, in cities where 70% of 
the population is black, that is not racial profiling; it is the Law of Probability.

I believe that if you are selling me a milkshake,
a pack of cigarettes, a newspaper or a hotel room, you must do it in 
English! As a matter of fact,
if you want to be an American citizen, you should have to speak English!

My father and grandfather didn't die in vain so you can leave the countries you were born in to come over and disrespect ours.
I think the police should have every right to shoot you if you threaten them after they tell you to stop. If you can't understand the word 'freeze' or 'stop' in English, 
see the above lines.

I don't think just because you were not born In this country, you are qualified for any special loan programs, government sponsored bank loans or 
tax breaks, etc., so you can open a hotel, coffee shop, trinket store, or any other business.

We did not go to the aid of certain foreign countries and risk our lives in wars to defend their freedoms, so that decades later they could come over 
here and tell us our constitution is a living document; and open to their interpretations.

I don't hate the rich; I don't pity the poor.
I know pro wrestling is fake, but so are movies and television. That doesn't stop you from watching them.

I think Bill Gates has every right to keep every penny he made and continue to make more.
If it ticks you off, go and invent the next operating system that's better, and put your name on the building.


It doesn't take a whole village to raise a child right, but it does take a parent to stand up to the kid; and smack their little behinds when necessary, and say 'NO!'
I think tattoos and piercing are fine if you want them, but please don't pretend they are a political statement. And, please, stay home until that new lip ring heals. I don't want to look at your ugly infected mouth as you serve me French fries!

I am sick of 'Political Correctness.' I know a lot of black people, and not a single one of them was born in Africa ; so how can they be 'African-Americans'? Besides, Africa is a continent.
I don't go around saying I am a European-American because my great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather was from Europe.
I am proud to be from America and nowhere else, and if you don't like my point of view, tough...


I was asked to send this on if I agree or delete if I don't. It is said that 86% of Americans believe in God. Therefore I have a very hard time under-
standing why there is such a problem in having
'In God We Trust' on our money and having
'God' in the Pledge of Allegiance. Why don't we just tell the 14% to BE QUIET!!!


Saturday, October 1, 2016


Passing on Independence

As a boy our family lived in a run down apartment just off of Arcadia Court in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Most would refer to this place as a ghetto. Our school clothes were given to us by a Nuns’ clothing room of the Catholic Church from down the street. Mama would drive my two brothers and myself to church in an old 1941 flat bed Ford truck. 
Daddy had replaced the muffler in the truck with a straight pipe and we thought it made the neatest sound. It was embarrassing to Mama, but not to us boys. We felt like we were riding in a hot rod. Mama would park in the far back of the parking lot hoping no one would see the truck. We were all dressed in our best clothes and we never thought of ourselves as less privileged than anyone else. Mama made us feel as if no one was any better than us and we were no better than anyone else.  There was a humble confidence she exuded to everyone around her.
We attended an American Baptist denominational church. Each Sunday morning, after Sunday school and before preaching, the pastor and deacons would go to the front of the church and smoke cigarettes. 
After a while the older teens began to go to their cars and light up as well.  I was made fun of because I would not go with them. But, one Sunday I joined a group of them. I was sitting in the back seat and a cigarette was passed around. Eventually it was handed from the front seat back to me in the back seat.  

At the exact moment I was reaching for the cigarette my Mama opened the back door and snatched me by the hair on my head.  The next thing I knew Mama was dragging me out of the car with one hand while using the other to hit my legs with a switch. 
As we passed the front of the church building where the pastor and deacons were smoking she paused and said, “Shame on you, and you, and you, and you!” Then she took me into the church building for the preaching hour. As long as we were members of that church, we never again saw the pastor and deacons smoking in the front of the church building again. 
Mama was an independent Baptist before I knew there was such a thing. As such she was also a bit of a rebel, but she had certain Bible principles for her sons by which she wanted them to live.
Independence can be considered rebellion, but that depends on what and whom you are rebelling.  If we rebel against God we are submitting to Satan. If we rebel against Satan we are submitting to God.  

They use to call our age group of the 60’s generation  “Rebels without a cause!”  My Mama taught me to be a “Rebel with a cause!”  To rebel against wrong was right according to Mama.  I did not understand it at the time, but she was teaching me to be independent.
Because of that I learned on my own how to be independent. Through the years I have encouraged my sons, and sons in the ministry, to be independent as well. Now let me tell you what that means.

1. Every Generation Must Rediscover Truths For Themselves Without Redefining Truths. Independents are by their very nature stubborn.  The independence of independents can lead to strong opinions about everything under the sun, yet often it has produced the finest leaders in America. Most of the men of the past who stirred this nation for God were simple men, but strong independant men of faith. They were independent of "this world" which included their denominations. They discovered truth for themselves and did not fall in lockstep with others.
2. Do Not Remove Yourself From The Influence Of Those In History Who Taught You Independence.  When independents remove themselves from the influences that brought them their independence, they tend to become homogenized  Study the history of the real independents of the past. Learn about men such as J. Frank Norris, John R. Rice, Lester Roloff, Jack Hyles, Lee Roberson, Tom Malone’s, Curtis Hutson, and others who truly were independent and whose philosophies must be kept alive.  These men merit our attention and study.
They personified the independence that independents must emulate.  We cannot allow ourselves to become puppets to man-made organizations. That which is “Politically Correct” in religious circles in our nation, must not strangle the men of God. When I listen to the independents of the past and the “independents” of the present, I wonder if we are even close to being on the same page.  Thank the Lord that is not true of all current independents, but those who criticize and attack the previous generation make themselves suspect because of their criticism. Do not allow them to influence you and lead you from that for which those men stood.
3. Do Not Judge Harshly Those Who Had To Fight In Order To Be Independent.   Some criticize the "rough" sermons these men preached.  They speak of how they alienated people. Some even have labeled them as legalists or claimed they lacked grace. May I remind you, that which attracts also detracts.  The battle to be independent and stay independent often demands that a line be drawn in the sand. When independence is given instead of won there tends to be a harsh judgment on those who won it.  There was a witness of the Holy Ghost to those sermons of these men.  These were not just ramblings with no content. They were solid Bible messages that drew a line.  
Be fair to the men who articulated strong fundamentals and gave us our heritage.  Learn from those whom God used to build great soul-winning churches with great Sunday schools in spite of what bothers others about them. Please overlook their brashness, for they are nothing more than “a chip off the old block” of those who preceded them.  They fought for their freedom and that is why they were so outspoken.  Those who have never had to fight for their independance know little of what it takes to become independent.
4. Those Who Will Carry On Fundamentalism Will Of Necessity Be Independent And A Remnant.   There will be hundreds of independents who will be forced to fight for their independance. They, like the ones already mentioned, will learn there is a price to be paid for not following the crowd.  There must be a new generation of maverick preachers who will be forced to fight to maintain their independence from modern cultural influences-.  Those who succeed will not turn on their mentors, but add to what they did.
I have done what God has called me to even though deacons and others oppose what I'm doing. It cost me to start INDEPENDENT BAPTIST ONLINE COLLEGE. I have been criticized and ostracized for obeying God. I did not think that in my 70's I would have to fight the fight I fought against the American Baptist Denomination again within independent Baptist ranks. Independence is a constant struggle. As a man of God there is not a deacon or man alive who can tell me what God's will is for me, for that is God's business. I refuse to let any man stand between me and my Lord.
Every generation must fight their own battles just as our mentors did. If you are wise, you will build on what you have been given.  What I have called "the greatest generation of independents" was purchased at a high price. God blessed with the church in Longview where she grew up because she was built on the previous generations' sacrifice.  Carry on next generation and be independent from cultural influences of your day espoused by the world and the Emerging Church groups.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


Dr. Jack Hyles Was Proud of Those Who Did Not Become the “Ideal”

He rode a bus to Sunday school. He trusted Christ as Savior and became faithful to all of the various activities and services of the church. Eventually his parents and his siblings would come to know Christ as well. They were never the most faithful people in the church, but they were good people. He always exceeded his family in his own spiritual growth. 

His junior year in high school he transferred to Hammond Baptist High School. When he graduated from high school he enrolled in Hyles Anderson college but never finished a single class. He sometimes laughingly said that he majored in ping-pong. 
Soon, he began experiencing success in the business world. He grew in business but strayed from the church. He did not go into deep sin, but he stopped attending church altogether as he became more and more successful. Later he would marry and start a family. Life had its ups and downs. He prospered in business and reached the pinnacle of success. He was good to people. He had integrity. He was honest and paid his debts. He kept many of the values he had learned growing up in church. 

He never stopped loving his pastor though he never went back to church. He often referred to Brother Hyles and things that he learned from his pastor. He was grateful for all the good things that came to him at First Baptist Church. Many years would pass before he eventually found his way back to church. It was not quite like the church in which he had grown up but he was back.
One day Dr. Hyles was talking to someone and he said something a bit surprising. “Do you know who I am proud of you?” 
“Who?” the person asked? 
“I am proud of…” and he named that man's name. 
“Why are you proud of him?” the person asked. 
“I am proud of him because although he did not become the ideal he is still a good representative of many of the values we taught him. He pays his bills. He has integrity. He's a good man. I am proud of him.”
“But, he did not become the ideal that you had in your mind for him,” the man said.
“Oh, but, I had no ideal for him,” he responded. “You see, all I can do is invest in people. Some sticks and some doesn’t. Some people stay closer to what they learned here than others, but I am proud of all who accepted the influence that we were able to give them. I am proud of those who are not the best, but are still better than they could have been. I am proud of what they are. We teach ideals,” he said, “But we must not turn our ideals into expectations. We must be happy that we had the opportunity to influence them and whatever influence sticks should please us. Imagine where some people would be had we not influenced them. Yes, I am proud of him.”
One of the lessons that many people did not learn from Dr. Hyles is that he did not expect everyone to be everything he was or that he taught. He could still be proud of them. He could still admire them. He could still rejoice in what they did become. 
Many times people become disenchanted by others who do not live up to their expectations. Dr. Hyles did not have such expectations. He reserved his expectations for himself. He did the best he could to be the man he should be. He taught what he believed was right, but then free-will took its place. People made their choices. But regardless of their choices many were influenced and became better people than they would have been without that teaching.
For example, consider the young man who grew up at First Baptist Church under the influence of Dr. Hyles. That man, who is himself a pastor, now ridicules much of the positions he was taught, yet he preaches the gospel. His parents were reached by the church and as a result he grew up as under the influence of the Gospel. 

Think of where he might have been without First Baptist Church. He preaches the funerals of many of the disgruntled former members of First Baptist Church. I can almost hear Dr. Hyles say, “Well, somebody has to preach their funerals. I am glad it's him and we influenced him in some way.” Yes that is how Dr. Hyles thought. He was not focused on what they could have been from an idealistic standpoint but what they could have been from a realistic standpoint.
Dr. Hyles was more interested in doing his best to influence people than in expecting them to would turn out exactly the way the way he would have preferred. There are pastors of churches who have disavowed their affiliation with the independent Baptist world , yet who would not be pastors had it not been for his influence. They still preach the gospel. They are not criminals. Their lives are still counting for good. Could their lives have counted for more good. Of course, and so could yours and mine. Dr. Hyles was proud of them.
Tens of thousands of people around this world were influenced by Dr. Hyles. He was proud of those whose choices took them in a different direction yet who still remained faithful to the Lord in some way.
Dr. Hyles was preaching in a distant state. Sitting in the audience was a graduate of Hyles Anderson College who was at that time on staff at a Southern Baptist Church. Some preachers shunned him. Others greeted him, but rather coolly. When the service was over that man stood in line to shake hands with his former pastor. Some beliefs had changed but he still loved the Lord and appreciated Dr. Hyles. When he got to the front of the line he shook Brother Hyles hand and they exchanged a few words. Before he walked away Dr. Hyles pulled him closer to himself and said, “I am proud of you.” That was Brother Hyles. 
A young man graduated from Hammond Baptist schools. He met with Brother Hyles for counsel as to where he should attend college. He gave the young man some suggestions. The young man took none of those suggestions and instead went to a very liberal college. Years later the young man recounted an exchange between he and Dr. Hyles. He said, “I want to see Brother Hyles afraid that he was angry at me. When I walked in his office door he hugged me and told me how proud he was of me. I knew he loved me.” That was Dr. Hyles.
People make mistakes with their lives but Brother Hyles was still proud of what they were trying to do for good. He did not believe in giving up on people because they chose a different direction. He did not lose his love for people because they did not become exactly like he was. Hyles-Anderson graduates went out and started churches that were non denominational but Brother Hyles was still proud of them. Some even used money given to them by Russell Anderson and later they changed the direction of their church. Brother Hyles did not try to get that money back, nor did Russell Anderson. Good was still being done. It wasn't the exact way brother Hyles would have preferred but he was happy that good was being done.
Are we too idealistic? Do we expect everyone to live up to our unreachable expectations? Some are intolerant of their own who have changed but not Dr. Hyles. He was still proud of them. There were even some who tried to hurt him. Often they were people about whom he knew bad things. One day someone was talking to Brother Hyles and said, “Brother Hyles, do you know that ____________________ has tried to hurt you. Why don't you tell what you know about him?”
Dr. Hyles quickly replied, “Because I do not treat people based upon the way they treat me. In most areas he is still a good man. Why would I want to destroy him?” Dr. Hyles knew things about the man's past but he knew those things were in his past. He said, “God allowed me to help him conquer those things. Why would I want to use that against him when good was done. I still believe the man will do some good. Let it go. It is not about how much good people do to me. It's about how much good people to for the sake of God. They will not do everything I wish they would do. They will not always treat me the way I wish they would. They may even change their opinion about me. But I am not the issue. Christ is the issue. That is the only thing about which I should be concerned.” Yes, that was Dr. Hyles.
My challenge to all of us is to stop being disappointed in people because they don't live up to our expectations. Better yet, we should stop having expectations. Love people. Do your best to teach and train them. But when they do not take everything that you have given to them and use it the way you wish they would, be proud of them anyway for the good they did get. 

Don't throw out the baby with the bathwater. Our job is not to make everyone exactly like us. Our job is to encourage them to be as much like Christ as we can. Even if we don't get them as close as we wish, we should rejoice when they are closer than they could have been.

Friday, September 16, 2016


Dr. Jack Hyles Was Not a Baptist Pope

There are some pastors who have taken a position regarding their own “authority” to ridiculous extremes. They become incensed when members do not take their advice. They impose their opinions rather than their influence on people. Some have assumed that this is how Dr. Jack Hyles behaved. He did not believe in telling people what was and what was not God's will for their lives. 
One day someone asked him how to help a young man find the will of God for his life. He said, "I do not tell people the will of God. I guide them to find the will of God for themselves. I will not always be there to tell them the will of God, so they must learn how to find it with the principles I teach them. My job is to be a guide who instructs them in how to find God's will. I do not know what God's will is for everyone. I can give them advice based on facts but I can not tell them what specifically God wants them to do, other than what the Bible specifically teaches. 
For example, had I asked someone if it was God's will for me to accept the pastorate of a formalistic American Baptist Church in Hammond, Indiana, there is not one man who would have told me to go. However, I knew how to find the will of God because I had spiritual leaders who long ago had taught me how to find it, not what it was. I was sensitive enough to God's leading to end up where I was supposed to be. 
Some men never get to an opportunity where God wanted to do a work that showed what God could do because we told them them what the ideal place is. There are places God leads men that are not ideal and would make no sense to us. I have been guilty of discouraging men from doing something they felt God was leading them to do, but I have done my best not to tell them not to do it. 

For example if a man feels God is leading him do something that makes no sense to us, we should explain to him why it does not make sense, but then tell him to do it anyway, if God is leading him. We are not Baptist popes."
That last line was one I heard Dr. Hyles use many times, "We are not Baptist popes." That is why he did not want to become a denominational leader who told people where they could or could not go to pastor. There was not a single church where he accepted the call to pastor that made sense at the time. 

However, each time it was the will of God, and each time it was made evident. It is a scary thing how many preachers think it is their job to tell decide what is and what is not God's will, rather than to be guides that help their people learn how to know God's will for their lives.

Monday, August 29, 2016


He “Was” Just After Numbers

We often judge another by what we are ourselves. We assign our motives as their motives. We assign the reason they do something with the reason why we would do the very same thing. In other words it is often ourselves we indict with our accusations.
People sometimes accused Dr. Jack Hyles, Dr. Lee Roberson, Dr. Curtis Hutson, and others of being after numbers, or should I say they have judged their motives. Brother Hyles used to say, “Typically those who have no numbers criticize those who have numbers and try to figure out what’s wrong with them. People that never had a big church love to talk about the evils of a big church. People who have never pastored more than a handful of people want to explain why pastoring a handful is better than pastoring a multitude.”
Here is the truth. Yes, Dr. Hyles and his contemporaries were after numbers. Our critics made us afraid of numbers then our critics went out and outnumbered us. Numbers were important to them and there are reasons why.

  • Every number is a person.
  • Every person is soul.
  • Every soul matters.

There you have it, simple and easy to explain. Now you know the truth. He and his contemporaries were after numbers because the souls of men mattered. Jesus came to seek and to save those who are lost and those who are lost number in the multitudes. He spoke of those multitudes to His disciples. He spoke to those multitudes while with His disciples. He trained His disciples to reach the multitudes. He commanded them to go after the multitudes when He was gone. Sounds to me like Jesus was after numbers.
Let’s face it; if souls matter, then numbers matter as well. How can numbers not matter if the souls of man do? Anyone who criticized Dr. Hyles for going after numbers was criticizing someone who was after souls. What they are trying to insinuate is that his motive was not right, but since they could not get into his heart, they certainly have no right to judge his motive. Let’s talk more about why numbers mattered to him.
Numbers matter. You see, when some people talk about numbers they do so from the perspective of their definition of the word numbers. Numbers is such a generic term. Numbers of what? Numbers of french fries, numbers of marbles, numbers of crayons, numbers of compliments, or what number are you talking about? Numbers of souls is the number that interested him, just as it was Christ and just as it should be the number that interests all of us. The critics seem to forget that it’s eternal souls of people we are discussing when we talk about these numbers. Dr. Hyles was not merely after a number, he was after a number of lost people.
Numbers matter. When some people talk about numbers they equate numbers to something else. Numbers equals income. Numbers equal pride. Numbers equal wealth. Numbers equal power. For most people, numbers equate to something and that is what shades their opinion of numbers. For him, numbers equalled obedience. Whatever it equals to you is a judgment of you, not him. We confuse another’s equation with what really is going on in our own heart. He believed that he was commanded to reach multitudes. Wouldn’t you agree? If not, why not? So to him, numbers were a matter of obedience.
Numbers matter. When some people talk about numbers, they consider what they assume is the desired result. Numbers equals more money. Numbers equals more fame. Numbers equal more success. Numbers equal more popularity. But that’s not the result Dr. Hyles saw when he thought of numbers. No, to him numbers equalled people kept out of hell. His father was a number no one cared about, and that drove him to care about numbers. He was a poor little boy who was insignificant to most, but a Sunday school teacher cared about numbers enough to tell him that Jesus loved him. The results of numbers to him was one very simple thing; the more numbers reached, the more people going to Heaven.
Numbers matter. When some people talk about numbers, they think of opportunities that come as a result of numbers. Numbers mean a chance to write a bestselling book. Numbers mean having the chance to speak to thousands. Numbers mean having the opportunity to be interviewed on television. To Dr. Hyles, numbers meant the opportunity to influence others to get more numbers. He was after numbers so that he could influence others to go after numbers so that more people could go to Heaven.
Yes, numbers mattered to him, but not for the reasons his critics would have you believe. No, he had other reasons for going after numbers.

  • Numbers gave him an opportunity to love more people.
  • Numbers gave him the opportunity to serve more people.
  • Numbers gave him the opportunity to influence the lives of more.
  • Numbers gave him the opportunity to help more people realize they were special to God.
  • Numbers gave him more lives to try and salvage.

Yes, numbers mattered.

  • Numbers let him reach more alcoholics like his daddy.
  • Numbers allowed him to reach more abused women like his mother.
  • Numbers allowed him to minister to the families of little afflicted children like his own sister.
  • Numbers allowed him to care about poor little boys and girls like him and his siblings.
  • Numbers let him care for the down-and-outer like his family had been.

Yes, he was accused of being all about the numbers. I truly hope that I have convinced you that the accusation was very accurate. For my goal here is not to convince you he wasn’t after numbers, because he was. My goal here is to explain why.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


How Can One Take a Strong Stand with Weak Standards?

In a question and answer session, a young man stood and asked Dr. Jack Hyles a question. It was obvious the young man was trying to contradict what he thought Dr. Hyles believed. He said, “Dr. Hyles, you have very high standards. How do you respond to what the Bible says about man looking on the outward appearance, but God looking on the heart Don’t you think you put too much emphasis on standards and not enough on the heart?” Smugly the young man sat down, thinking he had gotten one over on Dr. Hyles.
Dr. Hyles smiled that winsome grin that we all loved, and he said, “Young man, our motives are determined by our hearts. But, the motive of one's heart establishes one’s standard. The purer the motive, the higher the standard. My standards are higher when my motives are pure. You cannot tell me that you have pure motives if you have low standards.
If you serve a meal on dirty dishes than your standard is a reflection of your careless motive. It means you do not care much about my health. If the doctor has a motive of being a good doctor then he will be more careful about the cleanliness of his surroundings. The purer the motive, the higher the standard.”
He said, “Young man, the very fact that man looks on the outward appearance means that they are seeing a reflection of what God sees. God sees the motive of our heart, but man sees the outworking of that motive. The standard that man sees in our lives reflects the heart that God sees. Since man cannot see our hearts, it's important for us to set the standard high.”
Dr. Hyles believed that standards erode when good intentions reign supreme in our theology. When we decide that standards are legalistic and deem that good motives are all that matter, we move into something far worse than legalism, that being lethargy. If we have a good motive then it would only be logical that higher standards would follow.
If the makers of toilet paper have the motive of making a good product, they would set a higher standard for their paper. Is that legalistic or is it the byproduct of good motives? The purer the motive the more extreme the standards would seem to be. Yes, it is possible that the purpose for the standard can get lost, but would it not be wise to consider why the standard was set before we merely discard it or accuse those who set it as being legalists? One with standards may have a far purer motive than those who criticize the standard. It is easy for the next generation to criticize their predecessors for their standards without taking time to study the way they arrived at them.
The word standard begins with the word stand. We are commanded in Scripture above all else to stand. "Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day..." There is your motive. Next comes the standards. "...and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."
Say what you will, but in order to stand there must be standards and those are the standards given to withstand in the evil day. Standards always follow a stand. A position without a standard is temporary. All of us would agree that we are to stand, yet many would call those who institute standards as legalists. Let me illustrate.
Let's assume that the owner of the toilet paper company takes a stand and sets standards for his workers as well as his factory. Those standards are meant to accomplish his goal of making a superior product NOT to make the people superior.
However, a particular man who works in that factory may have high standards in his life NOT because he wants to make great toilet paper but because he want to have a great family life and turn out great kids. His motive is different, but his standards are still high. He takes a stand in his home and thus, he sets high standards. The standards won't be the same as the owner of the toilet paper factory, but he will have a set of standards.

The standards of my ministry reflect the motives of my heart. The fact that others do not live those same standards in their home reveals their motives are not the same as mine in my ministry. When they become purer in their motives, they will raise their standards. Lower standards reveal a lesser commitment within one's heart. Higher standards do not make you a better Christian.
Becoming a better Christian will, however, raise your standards. Dr. Hyles never believed the standards created great Christians. He did believe that when one grew spiritually it would be evidenced in the standards they exhibited.
An institution that wants to turn out a better product will raise its standards. You will not find higher standards than in our military academies. They set very high standards because they have a very important motive. They are training the officers for our military. We applaud these military academies for their high standard because we understand their reason. Sadly, we criticize Christian institutions for doing the very same thing. It is not legalism to have standards. It is lethargy that keeps us from having them. Christians have become lethargic in their hearts, thus lowering their standards.
There is something very interesting about which Dr. Hyles often warned us. He said, “Show me an aggressive soul winning church that is really after souls, and I will show you a church that has higher standards.” It is true. I have watched a generation abandon personal soul winning and, as a result, abandon their standards. The further we move from soul winning, the further we move from standards. As our motive deteriorates, so do our standards.

Dr. Hyles did not believe that standards always reflected the heart, but he did believe that one's heart would be reflected in their standards.