I have a begrudging respect for John Hagee. It is quite an accomplishment to convince so many Jews, Jewish organizations and Israeli heads of state that you want to help them when in truth, you are trying to destroy their religion to fullfill yours. My exposure of him to fellow Jews has often been met with derision and anger. “How can you say anything bad about him?” they ask me. “Don’t you know how much money he gives to Israel and that he doesn’t convert Jews?” I once had a member of my synagogue call me an idiot and a fool after I gave a talk about Hagee.
Let’s take an honest, factual look at John Hagee starting with the claim that he does not try to convert Jews because of a the dual covenant theory. This espouses that Jews have a prior covenant with G-d and therefore do not have to accept Jesus in order to achieve salvation. In 2006, the Jerusalem Post said Jerry Falwell believed in the dual covenant theory. Falwell called the Post after the article came out denying this. The Post’s sources were televangelist John Hagee and Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg of Congregation Rodfei Sholom from San Antonio. They said the Post had misunderstood them. This story is covered fully by Jews On First and I highly recommend that you read it. http://www.jewsonfirst.org/06a/current001.html
The Christian Right was already on Hagee’s case for saying that Jews did not need to be saved. He has vacillated back and forth for years. In the blog of Grace Media International and WQBC, Hagee states, “THERE IS NO DUAL COVENANT! The Bible says, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).” The article shows Hagee’s best web spinning efforts as he tries to appease Christians but hints that Jews are okay too. Here’s a link if you want to check it out
I have no idea what Hagee is thinking but I do know that he talks differently to his church members than he does to Jews. In a You Tube video of one of Hagee’s sermons, he talks about the 144,000 converted Jews that will fight the anti-Christ on earth after all true Christians have gone to heaven. Does he think these Jews are all going to stand up and volunteer to accept Jesus? Oh wait, he does. He thinks that will happen as soon as we see Jesus but those 144,000 need to be in place for the rapture to occur and Jesus to return to earth. So confusing!
Nowhere on Cornerstone Church’s website or any website of Hagee’s that I have found, does it say that Jews are excluded from conversion. Rather they say that his members should spread the word of the gospel to all the world. Last time I looked, that included Jews. Check out the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63nbTTg4EcU In referring to the book of revelation: “It presents the Christ as triumphant, it presents the church as victorious.” He refers to a debt of gratitude to the Jewish people and then referring to G-d’s covenant with Abraham he calls the stars of the sky, the church (Oops, where did the rest of us go?) and the sands, Israel. Yet he expects Israel to be the seat of the new order where only those who have accepted Jesus will survive after the milennium. No practicing Jews in Israel, only converts to Christianity? Is this what Jewish supporters of Hagee believe? I doubt they even know he espouses that theory as they’re too blinded by the money he raises.
There are other things about Hagee that are very insidious. He trains his followers to effectively use political influence to turn this into a country run by Christians that follow right wing tenets. Simply put, if he and others like him are successfull, America would become a fanatical Christian country. Bye bye, Bill of Rights!
Here are some quotes from his church’s website.The bold emphasis is mine.
The Lord Jesus Christ
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ as the only begotten Son of God. We believe in His substitutionary death for all men, His resurrection, and His eventual return to judge the world.
We believe all men are born with a sinful nature and that the work of the Cross was to redeem man from the power of sin. We believe that this salvation is available to all who will receive it.
We believe in the Church as the eternal and universal Body of Christ consisting of all those who have accepted the work of the atonement. We believe in the need for a local assembly of believers for the purpose of evangelism and edification.
We believe that evangelism is the obligation of every follower of Jesus Christ. The Lord commands us to go out and make disciples of all the earth. We believe that each person is first responsible to evangelism in their own family as the Holy Spirit leads them and gives them the ability.”
The only reference to Jews is in a reference to Israel.
“Our Commitment to Israel
We believe in the promise of Genesis 12:3 regarding the Jewish people and the nation of Israel. We believe that this is an eternal covenant between God and the seed of Abraham to which God is faithful.”
Genesis, 12:3 says that those who bless Israel will be blessed and those that curse it will be cursed. Do you see anything in there about not trying to convert Jews. We may have an agreement with G-d but I don’t think that Hagee believes it includes salvation without accepting Jesus.
One last thing. I don’t believe anything Hagee or any other preacher says about the rapture and what follows but Hagee and his followers do. Using his influence, he will try to bring on armaggedon by pushing Israel into war with Iran to fulfill what he sees as prophesy. As his influence in Israel grows so does the danger. I can only hope that the politicians have enough sense to separate the moneymaker from the fanatic.
In a future blog I will go into depth as to how the money these evangelical preachers raise, is used in Israel. Many of you will be surprised and shocked by what is happening in Israel, America and all around the world. My research continues.