He told her that their "relationship" was approved by Jesus, among other things, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
Here's a few quotes from the article:
Former First Baptist Church of Hammond pastor Jack Schaap’s affair with a 17-year-old girl last summer not only wasn’t wrong but was desired by Jesus Christ.
That’s what he claimed in one of several letters he wrote to the victim during his crime, couching the sexual relationship as part of her personal salvation and something Jesus Christ wanted.
“In our ‘fantasy talk,’ you have affectionately spoken of being ‘my wife,’ ” Schaap wrote in one letter. “That is exactly what Christ desires for us. He wants to marry us + become eternal lovers!”
Schaap has pleaded guilty to causing the girl to be transported to Illinois and Michigan last year for a sexual relationship. Schaap resigned from the megachurch, one of the largest in the country, last summer after church members discovered his relationship with the girl and reported it to local law enforcement.
In his letters to the girl, Schaap often discusses how he helped save her from self-destruction, helping to put her on a “better path of living — that’s what we call Righteousness.”It always annoys me when I see media reports refer to his sexual encounters with this teen girl as an "affair" or use similar terms. Though technically she was of the age of consent in Indiana (that's why he is being prosecuted on federal instead of state charges, his conviction was for taking a minor across state lines for sexual purposes). I still consider it sexual abuse.
She was a teen, he was a grown adult (and married none the less), who had come to him for counseling for previous sexual abuse. She was vulnerable enough in this position, but add in the fact that he was a pastor in a cult where ministers have a great deal of control over people in a very closed environment, where people are taught to shut out the outside world, and only associate with fellow members, and her vulnerability was even worse.
If you are unfamiliar with why I consider the IFB a cult, or want to know more about them, check out these past posts of mine on this dangerous group:
The Horrors of Hezpibah House (Part 1)
The Horrors of Hezipbah House (part 2)
Bob Jones University
The Late Jack Hyles and First Baptist Hammond (part 1)
Jack Hyles/First Baptist Hammond (Part 2)
(First Baptist Hammond was the church that Jack Schaap pastored, his father in law, Jack Hyles, was it's most well known minister)
Bruce Gerencser also wrote a great guest post about Jack Schaap this for the blog No Longer Quivering, check it out.