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by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr. and Dr. Robert L. Sumner, partner of Dr. John R. Rice,
editor of The Biblical Evangelist and many books on cults

Our critics have come out of the woodwork again. They are screaming “Cult! Cult! Cult!” Whatever I do to try to answer them will not avail, because we are not like the sloppy new-evangelicals of Southern California. We believe in going to church on Sunday. We believe in going to church dressed properly, not like beach bums, as they do. We believe in winning souls to Christ, not leaving them to go to Hell. I believe in preaching interesting sermons, not dry-as-dust Bible studies.

Yes, our church is a little bit different. But that doesn’t make us a cult. Instead, it makes us just a “little better” than the sloppy new-evangelicals around us. Say what they will, we will still be here when they are forgotten. The reason we’ll still be here is that God is with us, and underneath are the everlasting arms.

The problem with the sloppy new-evangelicals who attacked us is this – they are controlled by “group think.” Talk about brainwashing! They brainwash each other, so the only people they think are normal are the beach bums and marijuana smokers who don’t go to church and say they are saved.

This time I’m going to hit them as hard as I can on this page of the Internet. I’ve been a Baptist since I was 13 years old. I’m a graduate of a Baptist seminary and a Baptist university. I am a thoroughgoing Baptist, but I don’t back down. Those that attack me will find that I answer them on the Internet, and I will not stop doing so. I say with Martin Luther, “Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen.” Luther stood up against the whole church of his day, and Luther was right. And I am right as well. My doctrine comes, not from group think, but from the Word of God!

I say that much of the Southern California “rat’s nest” of new-evangelicalism will be sad and sorry at the Bema Judgment, and many of them at the Last Judgment.

Yours in Christ,

R. L. Hymers, Jr.,
D.Min., Th.D., Litt.D.

P.S. You can receive a copy of Dr. Hymers’ autobiography, Against All Fears, by writing to P.O. Box 15308, Los Angeles, California 90015. Send $8.00 and request the book. The $8.00 covers the postage. The book is free.

P.P.S. Dr. Robert L. Sumner was the editor of The Biblical Evangelist and an internationally known speaker for more than 60 years. For many years he was also assistant to Dr. John R. Rice, the nation’s premier evangelist. Dr. Sumner was also a cult expert. He studied our church first-hand, attending many services and interviewing disgruntled people as well as members. Here is his evaluation of Dr. Hymers and our church. Click “Dr. Robert L. Sumner’s Evaluation of the Baptist Tabernacle and Dr. Hymers.” Click that title and watch the video of Dr. Sumner answering those who call us a “cult.”