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Chapter 6 - The Hyles Response II
An Open Letter From Dr. Jack Hyles
Unless there is a drastic turn of events, this will be my last correspondence
to you concerning the attacks of Vic Nischik and Robert L. Sumner against
me, my church, my
Staff, and my college.
I will not answer Dr. Sumner's latest article. In the first place, I
cannot afford it. In the second place, I believe it would be an unwise
use of time. I cannot conscientiously grant it a high place on my list
of priorities. Then, also, my answer would be basically, the same as
the first one, because the first one is absolutely true. Lastly, Dr.
Sumner's charges and accusations are basically the same, with just a
few added distortions and untruths. So, as far as I can see now, this
will be the last correspondence you will receive from me concerning
This will not be lengthy; I just want to make a few observations, as
1. Our church is enjoying the best summer we have ever had. The crowds
are the largest we have ever had in the summer. All of us are amazed.
It's just been wonderful. The spirit has never been better, nor have
we ever had as many conversions and additions to the church during the
summer as we have had this year. Our nationwide Youth Conference had
over 7,000 delegates (the largest ever) with 2,008 of those delegates
surrendering to full-time Christian service. This letter is being dictated
on the Thursday afternoon of our Vacation Bible School week. This morning
we had 2,396 in attendance (the largest in history).
2. Mr. Sumner's articles have basically been soundingboards for accusations
made by Mr. Nischik to Mr. Sumner directly or to Mr. Sumner through
3. NOT ONE OF THESE ACCUSATIONS IS TRUE.
4. It is interesting that Mr. Nischik has not accused me of immorality.
In his deposition he made this statement in answer to the attorney's
Attorney: "You never accused Jennie and Reverend Hyles of any improper
sexual relationship, just a very close, intimate friendship?"
Mr. Nischik: 'That's correct."
Likewise, on national television, Mr. Nischik stated that he was not
accusing me of immorality.
5. Mr. Nischik asked a young lady to run off with him. When denying
this on national television, he made an amazing statement, as follows:
"It's a fabrication; there's no truth to it. If I had somebody
to run off, I would have run off with that somebody. I would have been
glad there would have been a way to escape."
6. It is hard to believe that some people would believe a man who would
make such a statement. It sounds like the only reason he did not have
an immoral escapade is that he had no one to go with him.
7. I am doctrinally sound and in no way endorse any doctrine that could
be considered heresy. I am a Baptist by conviction and believe the historic
Baptist convictions and doctrines.
8. I have been criticized by some for allowing Mr. Nischik to remain
as a deacon for so many years. In the first place, I do not choose the
deacons; they are elected by the people. In the second place, almost
all the accusations against him surfaced after Mr. Sumner's article.
To this date, people are coming to me with unbelievable accusations
against Mr. Nischik. In the third place, throughall of those years I
had no evidence or proof that Mr. Nischik had committed adultery. In
the fourth place, I loved him wanted to salvage him.
9. I have had one woman in my life – the mother of my children.
10. 1 have never covered up sin on my staff, neither do I spend my life
in a search or an investigation to find it, nor do I believe it is true
just because someone said it.
11. 1 did not recommend my son David to the Miller Road Baptist Church
of Garland, Texas. They contacted him apart from my knowledge and never
sought my recommendation.
12. 1 had no evidence whatsoever of Dave's problems before he left First
13. My goal for Dave and his goal for himself is that he can be rehabilitated
and be a good soul-winning layman at the First Baptist Church. He attends
the services here regularly, and he and I are good buddies, but neither
he nor I feel that he will ever be on the staff here again. I do believe,
however, that God can use him as a layman, and I believe God will. Please
pray for him. He is our boy, and Mrs. Hyles and I love him.
14. Mrs. Hyles has been a real soldier through all of this. She has
stood firmly and loyally, and I am proud of her.
15. Recently I was with Dr. Myron Guiler in Marietta, Ohio. He told
me that 25 years ago he had Dr. Sumner for a revival meeting. He said
it was absolutely the worst week of his life, and that even then Dr.
Sumner spent much of his time criticizing me.
16. Apart from Mr. Nischik and Mr. Sumner, the most vicious attack against
me has been launched by Mr. George Godfrey, and apart from Mr. Nischik
and Mr. Sumner, Mr. Godfrey is perhaps the most dedicated person to
Well, there you have it. I doubt if this letter will change many minds,
if any. Everyone is probably pretty well decided. It all boils down
to the word of Victor Nischik versus the word of Jack Hyles. I imagine
most people will believe whom they want to believe, and I seriously
doubt if this letter will have much affect on the opinions of people.
My friends do not need it because they trust me. My enemies won't believe
it, but somehow I had to write it. I hope this will be the last I will
have to write. I think it is.
I am tired; I am wounded; I am hurt, but I will not quit.
Jack Hyles, Pastor
Zip Code 46325