What more can be said about Jack Hyles, father of a vast network of IFB (Independent Fundamental Baptist) churches that have spawned a disproportionate number of sick perverts? (Yes, disproportionate for all Baptist churches.)
A lot, apparently. Fundy preacher David Cloud just released another of his e-books, The 2 Jacks: Jack Hyles & Jack Schaap, which you can download for free.
Now, this Cloud fella is in many ways your typical Baptist preacher — which is not meant as a compliment. Yes, of course he’s a huge homophobe (and a hysterical one; “HOMOSEXUALS ON THE RAMPAGE” screams the title of one edition of “Friday Church News Notes,” which goes on about “hostile homosexuals,” “moral perversion,” and… oh, you know, the same old yawn-inducing garbage you’ve seen and heard a million times before. (Actually, the anti-gay stuff on his website — and there is tons of it — is rather amusing to read, at least for those of us who have heard it all before. The tone of it is so over-the-top, it sounds like anti-gay propaganda from the 1970s, much like Hyles’s own propaganda! Subtle or nuanced, David Cloud ain’t.)
Cloud is also freaked out by contemporary Christian music (it’s a homo haven, don’tcha know), and he’s a whole bunch of other things that cause us to dislike him instantly and immensely, and pay no attention whatsoever to anything he has to say… until, of course, he turns his venomous attacks on his own kind — in this case, Jack Hyles and Jack Schaap (who we’ll have to get around to profiling one of these days; Schaap is a real piece of work in his own right).
We’re certain Cloud would bristle at being lumped in with Hyles and Schaap — from whom he does his best to distance himself and his holier-than-they ministry. But, seriously, they are all cut from the same cloth, raging about the ills of worldliness (and homos! homos! HOMOSEXUALS ON THE RAMPAGE!), ignoring their own Good Book’s advice about judging others in their fire-and-brimstone condemnation of everyone unlike themselves. The only difference a casual observer might notice is that Cloud doesn’t seem to have sired, either literally or figuratively, any criminals. Oh, and Cloud doesn’t believe in beating your children. Otherwise, we’re hard-pressed to find much difference.
So don’t take our mention of Cloud as any sort of ringing endorsement of him. We just know how popular are our entries about Jack Hyles and the whole, ugly Hyles-Anderson cult, so we thought we’d give you something new to read. (And it’s fun to watch one fundy attack another, even if gay folks — homos! eeeeek! homos! homos on the rampage! — end up as collateral damage… but then, what else is new?)
In truth, however, there isn’t a lot in Cloud’s e-book that is “new” — much of it consists of quotes from other material you’ve seen elsewhere (that is, if you follow the fetid fruits of the Hyles legacy like we do) — and Cloud’s inability to refrain from raging about homosexuality at every opportunity gets real old, real fast.
Even more annoying is his eagerness to associate gay people with the disgusting perverts produced by the Hyles cult. But, again, Cloud is a huge homophobe.
Nevertheless, you may find some nuggets you haven’t seen before — Cloud does seem to enjoy gossip, under the guise of preaching. He is a very judgmental guy, which can be fun as long as you’re not the target.
We’ve speed-read a few chapters, but will go back and read the whole thing at some point. In the meantime, leave a comment and let us know what you think of it.
Meanwhile, we just can’t resist…
Suggested Bible reading for Mr. Cloud:
Judge not, that ye be not judged.— Matthew 7:1
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