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Review of In Defense of Israel by John Hagee


I was hoping to come across a review of the John Hagee book, In Defense of Israel. Well, God sent someone here who wrote one! Praise the Lord. This is excellent…

Review of In Defense of Israel by John Hagee

If you had any lingering doubt that Hagee did not mean exactly what he said on the youtube video, after reading this you won’t. I say that with grief and sadness…

These are the apostate antichrist teachings of John Hagee. He explicitly and repeatedly denies that Jesus came to be the Messiah to the Jews. John Hagee needs to repent. All faithful and orthodox Christians need to warn others of his false teachings.

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  1. This saddens me the more I read what he (Hagee) says. We know no one just goes blind overnight… this is a man who preached the gospel for years and acted as if he understood what he was preaching!

    Something enveloped his heart… he began to see things differently in scriptures until now he doesn’t see anything at all.

    He is NOW A FALSE PROPHET!
    HE IS NOW ANTI-CHRIST!

    i AM GOING TO POST THE LINK ON MY BLOG.

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  3. Oxy, i can’t say for certain how or why he reached the point where he apparently is: making the false statements concerning Jesus not coming as the Messiah, or that the Jews were not rejecting Jesus as Messiah; it was Jesus who was refusing to be the Messiah to the Jews, etc etc..but i’ve seen it happen before, which causes me to wonder if the same thing hasn’t happened to him.

    This may ‘ring a bell’ with you–i won’t get into names etc..but there was a well know Christian author, radio personality, and web owner some years back, who became very involved personally, with many of the government officials in Israel. She also became close to many of the Orthodox rabbis in Israel as well.(sound familiar?)

    Many of her listeners and subscribers began to notice her pre-occupation with “everything Israel” …
    She stopped reporting the news from a Christian perspective all-together, concentrating only on things from an Israeli perspective, etc..

    She finally admitted after being more or less forced to openly, that she had been sitting under the teachings of these rabbis for some time and was renouncing Christ as the Messiah…

    She and her family moved to Israel, & she changed her name (taking a Hebrew name).

    My thought are this may be what is happening to Hagee. He, over the last few years, has become obsessed with all things to do with Israel–involved in the CUFI & Christian Zionist movement, close and intimately involved with Rabbis in Israel and here in the USA, and on top of that, has been very open in stating he will not present them with the gospel message for some years now…believing they don’t ‘need’ Jesus or the Gospel to be saved.

    This is why it didn’t come as a huge shock to me to hear him make the false statements now.

    You know, we can make anything or anyone an idol. That includes John Hagee, me, or you, if we’re not careful.
    Hagee in my opinion, has made an idol out of a people–a people who are lost and need the Gospel.

    • I totally agree…again I am not shocked by his statement…its just proved scriptures to be even more true…and the fact that we are definitely living in the last days. And to study and know the word of God for yourself.

  4. I visited pastor John’s website, this is what I found:

    Dr. Hagee was awarded the “Humanitarian of the Year” award by the San Antonio B’Nai B’Rith Council. It was the first time in the history of San Antonio that this award has been given to a gentile. Dr. Hagee was presented the ZOA Israel Award by U.N. Ambassador Jean Kirkpatrick. This award was given by the Jewish Community of Dallas, Texas. He was presented the ZOA Service Award by Gov. Mark White. Mayor Kathy Whitmire issued a special proclamation in his honor declaring Pastor John C. Hagee Day in Houston, Texas. Dr. Hagee has received numerous honors and accolades from national Jewish Organizations for his unwavering support of Israel.

    http://www.jhm.org/pastor.asp

    he has received so many awards from Jewish organizations, and probably has so many Jewish friends, that perhaps he may find it hard to offend them with the Gospel anymore.

  5. he has received so many awards from Jewish organizations, and probably has so many Jewish friends, that perhaps he may find it hard to offend them with the Gospel anymore.

    Lee im sure you’re right, and how horribly sad that is…Jesus is that rock of offence. As a preacher of the word of God, Hagee had to know this. So he in fact made a choice..choosing to put a people over Christ.

    Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. 1Peter 2

  6. Thank you for posting this. I am going to post this information on my blog also.

  7. Would Romans 1:28 apply here?

    28Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.

    I used to go to his church for over 10 years…..I really think he’s gone off the deep end.

  8. I’m not sure Boycott..

    Though he does seem to have fallen into fitting into Romans 1:22-23

    22Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

    23And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

    He has made an image–an idol out of a land, a people, and a cause (CUFI) within his heart, and it appears this idol has turned him from the truth.

    You attended 10 years–thats a long time. If i may ask, when did you notice a change in his ministry?

  9. Hagee is not saying that Jesus was not the Messiah.
    What Hagee is saying is that the Jews were expecting a political Messiah, a leader who would, like Moses, deliver them from the hands of the Romans at the time.

    That is not why Christ came nor is it what Christ offered to do. Prophecy pointed to Jesus as The Messiah, and Jesus fulfilled that prophecy and was the Messiah.

    The Jews were wanting Jesus to be the deliverer of the Jewish people from oppression. They were not looking at Him as a spiritual Messiah who would deliver them from their sins. They did not see Jesus as the perfect Blood Sacrifice that He had been sent to earth for.

    Everything Hagee says about Christ’s refusal to be the Messiah TO THE JEWS is absolutely true.
    Christ was there to be the Messiah for the WHOLE WORLD.

    Christ was not sent by God to show signs or to be the earthly Messiah the Jews wanted.

    Hagee’s book never rejects Christ as THE MESSIAH. Hagee himself never rejects Christ as THE MESSIAH.

    To claim that Christ was the earthly Messiah is to clearly go against Scripture and history as you can see that Christ NEVER did that.

    To claim Hagee is an anti-Christ and a heretic is to take the words he has written out of context and to twist and warp the words he has written, just as you have wrongly accused him of doing to Scripture.

    Hagee is a firm believer in every word of the Scripture and has preached such his whole life. Clearly you seek to undermine him and his teachings, or else you could see around these foolish accusations that after 40 years of being so close to God, he has had a change of heart.

  10. Hi Ryan…

    I won’t debate your points one by one…for it appears you agree with John Hagee’s theological positions, even after reading his book. Nothing i could say, if this is true, would change your mind.

    One thing i will say…you point out Hagee has been close to God for 40 years..Paul wrote in 1Corth. 11:1-

    “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ”

    What was Paul saying here? That as long as he followed Christ and the teachings of Christ, then, follow him. On the flip side of that statement, we could surmise Paul could be saying ‘don’t follow me if im no longer following Christ [only] or the teachings of Christ.

    When John Hagee (who’s teaching i use to “follow”) began to preach and teach a radical form of theology, which included a form of dual covenant (or Two House) doctrine, and became more interested in joining and/or starting up a political movement (CUFI) which only recently called for the bombing of Iran, he no longer was preaching Christ–and Him alone, but began to preach another Gospel:

    The Gospel of Politics and the Gospel of Israel.

    The Word of God tells us:

    I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

    But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

    For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. Gal. 1:6-12

    my hope is he wakes up before its too late…

    God bless…

  11. Ryan Said:

    “Hagee is not saying that Jesus was not the Messiah.
    What Hagee is saying is that the Jews were expecting a political Messiah, a leader who would, like Moses, deliver them from the hands of the Romans at the time.”

    I say:

    Ryan you are correct in what you are saying about John Hagee on that particular individual point however, you also have to look at what he believes as an overall Theology to put his statements in his book into the correct context and to understand his true intent, not to mention the fact that he says the Jews were not to blame for rejecting Jesus as THE Messiah because they were expecting a different kind of Messiah.

    This is clearly anti-Biblical and I challenge you to show me where it is Biblical.

    His words are nothing more than Post-Modern Relativism. If what he says is true then no one could be damned to Hell for not accepting the Jesus of the Bible as the Christ, as if their idea of what a Christ is, is different than what the Bible says then they are excused from Judgment. And we know that is not true. This is where Theology goes when people do not remain true to the word of God, but begin to put their own personal subjective spin on what they want the Bible to say.

    John Hagee is attempting to remove the offense of the Cross to the Jews, and that is Anti-Christ.

    The whole point of Jesus being the type of Messiah he was to the Jews was to show them that they could not rest in their works to get into heaven but that they had to live by Faith, just as Abraham did. The Jews of Jesus day believed they were Righteous because they were Jews not out of any obedience or faith in God.

    I have studied Judaism for many years. The Jewish Law, is not just the Written law: The Torah, it is both the Written and oral Law. The oral law is what Jesus preached against, as the oral law was the tradition of the elders, which made the written law of none affect.

    After the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD , the only Jewish Sect to survive was the Pharisee’s. And to ensure that their oral law was not lost, they had it codified or written down into the Mishna. The Mishna forms the basis of Jewish Law. I have read the Mishna and it for the most part contradicts the word of God or warps it so much that it does as Jesus said it does, it makes the written law of none affect. In other words it obscures it so much that it hides the truth in it.

    But there is no Dual Covenant!

    Now many people will say that is Replacement Theology. No it is not. Replacement Theology was based on Anti-Semitism and Racism. The Jews as a nation, as a race have not been discarded by God, but Judaism as the way to God HAS been done away with and that is not Replacement Theology:

    Hebrews 8:7-13:

    For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. Because finding fault with them, He says: “Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the LORD.

    For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
    In that He says, “A new covenant, ” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

  12. After the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD , the only Jewish Sect to survive was the Pharisee’s. And to ensure that their oral law was not lost, they had it codified or written down into the Mishna. The Mishna forms the basis of Jewish Law.

    That’s interesting John…

    A few days ago i came across someone’s thoughts on this book by Hagee–a Jewish believer. She made reference to something similar.

    …Just wanted to add my two cents about the Hagee quote;

    Being Jewish, I really appreciate John Hagee for his love for the Jewish people and Israel. But from the time I knew about his closeness with Rabbis I’ve thought there was a possible danger for him, rabbinical judaism having divorced itself from Biblically-based Judaism in the first century after Yeshua when it reconstructed Biblical Judaism to build a case that Yeshua wasn’t the Messiah.

    At the time i didn’t know exactly what she meant…thanks for clearing it up!

  13. There is only one Messiah, not two. John Hagee is teaching the error of the Talmudic ‘rabbis’ that there are two Messiahs. Both the apostles and the Samaritan woman at the well understood correctly that there would only be one Messiah.

    There are two times in the book of John where the word Messias (Messiah transliterated into Greek) is used instead of the regular Greek form Christ:

    In John 1:41 upon hearing John the Baptist call Jesus the Lamb of God, Andrew went and told Peter,
    “We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.”

    In John 4:25 the Samaritan woman at the well said to Jesus “I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.” and Jesus said to her, “I that speak unto thee am he.”

    There can be no doubt, therefore, that Jesus claimed to be the Messiah and that Jews (Andrew and Peter were Jews) believed him to be the Messiah. THE Messiah, the ONLY Messiah.

  14. Amen jk…

    The scriptures refute Hagee’s stance totally.

  15. Hi Ryan,

    If you would like to refute anything I wrote in my review of Hagee’s book, please feel free to do so on the forum on my site.

    As it stands, it seems to me that your points were pretty thoroughly refuted in Post 14 by John, so I won’t bother repeating what he already said here.

    I pray our Lord blesses you in your study of His Word,

    Richard

  16. Thank you all for your bringing to light this heresy.
    It is sad to hear this news .
    Calling for a U.S. attack on Iran is also heresy from what Jesus called us to be.
    A most dangerous Constantinian sort of apostacy where the Kingdom of God now resides in Washington as salvation will come by way of the bomb.
    It shows us all the danger of high, heady ministry and how easily our flesh is picked off by Satan.
    God ,keep us all small and humble before you.
    My prayer is that Jesus will bring something wonderful out of this as only He can.
    Awakening the Jewish people to their need for their Messiah Jesus ,because neither America nor her false peacemaker president the messiah of Israel.
    Let the devils lies backfire on him once again is my prayer.

  17. God ,keep us all small and humble before you

    amen Marcel.

    I liked the way you put this:

    A most dangerous Constantinian sort of apostacy where the Kingdom of God now resides in Washington as salvation will come by way of the bomb.

    I agree with you whole heartedly. Thats an excellent observation. We’re seeing all types of different Gospels today–the one which marries Christianity with politics is one of the most dangerous and deceptive.

    We have a large group today which could be called The New Galatians.

  18. Hey pj,

    I wasn’t going to bother answering Ryan’s post, but I just couldn’t let it rest. Now I see it was of God. This heresy really needs to be so thoroughly refuted that there is no doubt in any Christian’s mind concerning it. Here is what I wrote over on my forum (where its formatted a little better):

    Ryan’s post displays the gross confusion Hagee has wrought in the body of Christ by his equivocation over the word “Messiah.” In one sentence, Hagee means “THE MESSIAH” (meaning the true Biblical Messiah) and in another sentence he means nothing but a “political Messiah.”

    It appears that this confusion was by design, with an aim to deceive. In his effort to exonerate “the Jews” Hagee almost always used the word “Messiah” to mean “a political Messiah” except at one key point – the beginning of his argument! We need only quote his own words in context to expose the deceptive methods of this serpentine teacher of God’s Holy Word:

    ============================================
    From In Defense of Israel, page 132 (verbatum):
    ============================================

    The Jews Did not Reject Jesus as Messiah

    Most evangelicals believe the Jews rejected Jesus as Messiah and therefore qualify for God’s eternal judgment. Replacement theologians have said that “the covenant with Israel was broken because she would not accept Jesus Christ whom God sent.” (6)

    Is this statement about the Jewish people biblically true? No! In order to respond to this misstatement about the Jews, several questions must be answered:

    ============================================
    End quote
    ============================================

    In the first sentence, Hagee asserts that “Most evangelicals believe the Jews rejected Jesus as Messiah.” This means that “Messiah” here must be taken in the “evangelical” sense, or the sentence would be false. The same sense is implied in the quote concerning “Jesus Christ whom God sent.” I will refer to this “Messiah” as the Biblical Messiah.

    Hagee then asserted that “this statement” is false. What statement? The statement that the Jews rejected Jesus as the Biblical Messiah! But what then does Hagee argue throughout the next dozen pages? He argued that the Jews did not reject Jesus as the Political Messiah! This is PURE MADNESS Hagee’s argument is logically incoherent. Technically, he based his entire thesis on the logical fallacy known as an equivocation, meaning that he used the word “Messiah” with two different meanings in the same argument. He posed the question: “Did the Jews reject Jesus as the Biblical Messiah?” and then set about to prove that they did not reject Him as a Political Messiah. In layman’s terms, Hagee pulled a “bait and switch” on his readers. The gravity of this sin is evident in the fact that he has deceived so many people. Ryan never had a clue that Hagee had pulled the wool over his eyes and robbed him of the Biblical truth of Jesus as the Biblical Messiah. And worse, any Jew reading his book can say “Right on! Jesus was no Messiah!” Hagee’s teachings put souls in danger.

    Richard

  19. Hi Richard…hope its ok that i give the link to your post on biblewheel forum. You’re right…this can’t be allowed to go by the wayside as so many other false teachings have done recently.

    Thats one thing i’ve noticed: some big Christian leader or teacher will come out with flat out apostate teachings–and as in this case, heresy, and after the ‘shock’ wears off, it is quickly forgotten. That ought not be!

    Anyway, for anyone interested in reading Richards further comments on Hagees book, you can find it formatted HERE

    By the way, a good Christian friend of mine ordered the book Friday from amazon.com. We’re going to be reading it also…

  20. Hagee then asserted that “this statement” is false. What statement? The statement that the Jews rejected Jesus as the Biblical Messiah! But what then does Hagee argue throughout the next dozen pages? He argued that the Jews did not reject Jesus as the Political Messiah! This is PURE MADNESS Hagee’s argument is logically incoherent. Technically, he based his entire thesis on the logical fallacy known as an equivocation, meaning that he used the word “Messiah” with two different meanings in the same argument. He posed the question: “Did the Jews reject Jesus as the Biblical Messiah?” and then set about to prove that they did not reject Him as a Political Messiah. In layman’s terms, Hagee pulled a “bait and switch” on his readers.

    I had to read your newest post again Richard… bait and switch…thats a good way to put it.

    When i read things like the quotes from Hagee’s book, i see the enemy’s hand at work. Our enemy, who we know hates the Word of God, always seems to use circular reasoning in the hope of confusing God’s children, through false teachers.

    Its a pretty good ploy too– After all it “sounds reasonable”…right, correct etc…but it never is once its discerned and looked at through the eyes of scripture. This is why its of vital importance for Christians to know the Word!

  21. Everything Richard said about the book is unfortunately correct, plus worse. Another bait and switch Hagee uses is to refer to the Old Covenant as if it were the Mosaic law (which it is) and then elsewhere to refer to it synonymously as the Old Testament, as in the first 37 books of the Bible. Same thing with the New Covenant and New Testament, which he confuses. The whole book is a jumble of confusion as well as what has to be intentional proof-texting, since when he argues that the crucifixion was not the fault of the Jews but the Gentiles, he totally ignores verses that spread the blame and just picks out text that blames it on the Gentiles. As for Ryan’s claims softening what Hagee said about Jesus not coming as the Messiah, I have to wonder if he’s even read the book, if perhaps like me before I read it, is just thinking the best, that surely Hagee didn’t deny Jesus came as Messiah–but he did, over and over again!

  22. Hi Orde…

    Thanks for more insight into the contents of this book–the more people who’ve read it and comment the better, is how i feel.

    I read tonight [elsewhere] that on his program which aired this weekend that yes, he did include the plug for the book, but apparently had the claims in the previous video, concerning:

    Jesus not being the Messiah to the Jews, Jesus refused to produce a sign, because it was not the Father’s will, nor his, to be Messiah, The Jews were not rejecting Jesus as Messiah; it was Jesus who was refusing to be the Messiah to the Jews, etc etc..taken out of the promo.

    Guess he was told the book wouldn’t sell if he kept those things in the video promo for the book–too bad he didn’t think of that when he wrote it.

    But you know what? I thank the Lord for bringing it out…for revealing what this man really believes. God wants His children to know….

    God bless…

  23. I guess I’m going to have to read the book. Such bold claims makes me think that he is either making blasphemous claims, completely lost his mind, or speaking from a Jewish perspective and just being taken out of context. I can see what Ryan is getting at above where he’s talking about Jesus not coming the first time to be the Messiah that they had hoped for. Honestly, I thought that is what Pastor Hagee was talking about when I first listened to the video. I have a lot of respect for Pastor Hagee from listening to countless, well-constructed, moving sermons. His bold approach is what Christianity needs. If pointing out that not believing that Jesus Christ is the only way to Salvation offends people, then so be it. No need to sugar coat anything. Jesus, during His time on earth, was bold in what He preached. So bold, it led to the sadducees and pharisees conspiring to eventually killing Him. With all that in mind, I’m going to hold any opinion of this book back until I read it. Either way, I will return to post what I got from it. One thing is for certain, 100 times out of 100, I will side with the Word of the Bible over Any person about ANYTHING.

    On that note, it’s time to put on my tin foil hat… please don’t try to commit me. 😉 Hypothetically speaking, if Hagee’s claims are in fact blashemous, not misunderstood:

    This being a most “interesting” time in the history of our world, I find it oddly peculiar that someone considered a leader is going out of his way to make a peace with Israel, false prophectic claims, leading a strike to wage what can possibly be the greatest war, etc.

  24. Also, here is a link that has Dennis Prager interviewing Pastor Hagee after his “Night to Honor Israel” in San Antonio. If you can, and have the time to commit, it’s a 34 minute audio clip that is very interesting and well worth the small sacrifice to listen to in it’s entirety, but if you can’t, please go to roughly 3:15 left in the interview and listen to Pastor Hagee address one of the caller’s questions.

    http://indefenseofisrael.org

    Another thing I would like to point out is a page from Pastor Hagee’s website under his beliefs.

    http://www.jhm.org/beliefs.asp

    I might just be playing Devil’s Advocate (pardon the pun), but to honestly draw a complete conclusion, it is only right to look at EVERYTHING.

    Thank you all for your time and a chance to discuss this. God Bless.

  25. Hi Denny..

    thanks for the comments and links. Yes, i’ve read Hagee’s web page and his beliefs…

    I watched John Hagee for years, every Sunday afternoon before returning to Sun. evening service at my Church–i always, back then, enjoyed his preaching. What caught my attention, long before this newest book came out, was his involvement within the Christian Zionist movement, which is 100% political, which led to him starting up CUFI…

    Something about it, and the interviews i was reading with him, did not seem ‘right’…call it what you will, i believe it was the Holy Spirit telling me to look more closely, and to watch…i did.

    Even though he was quoted by more then one reputable news source, The Washington Post, and The Jerusalem Post, being two, as saying in an interview that God had a separate plan for the salvation of the Jews in Israel, which led him to see no reason to give them the Gospel, (which he denied later) i gave him the benefit of the doubt. But as time went on and other similar comments were made by him, which he didn’t even deny, i knew then be believed in a form of dual covenant theology.

    That was heresy in my book, but i basically stayed silent on it, believing God would openly reveal in due time what this man believed in his heart–Well, the video promo and this book did just that.

    The true Gospel message is one of faith and grace, not place and race–and he now preaches and teaches the latter.

    You mentioned in your first post he may be writing/teaching from a Jewish perspective…i agree, he is. What he has done, perhaps unwittingly, is to make an idol out of a place (Israel) and a race of people.

    let me know if you get a copy of the book…

    This being a most “interesting” time in the history of our world, I find it oddly peculiar that someone considered a leader is going out of his way to make a peace with Israel, false prophectic claims, leading a strike to wage what can possibly be the greatest war, etc.

    AHA! Don’t get me started, lol!! Yes, my mind has went in that direction too.

    God bless…

  26. This is a bunch of lies. This man has taken the word of God and made fools of people. The Bible says,”Study to show thy self approved, a good work man need not be ashame, Righteously dividing the word of God. This does not mean turn the scriptures into self glorification or make a mockery of the truth. Know the Lord for yourself and let the Holy Spirit be your guide. For a man who really knows the Lord and had a mind would never fall for something so ignorant because the Holy Spirit will help you and if the you can not find it a least three times in the Bible it is not real.

  27. If the Jews do not execpt Christ (Messiah) there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins. He has really twisted things and has brought more confusion then clarity and the Bible say’s “God is not the author of confusion.” John has mixed politics with Christianity and that is the wrong mix. “The kingdom of God is not of this world.” This was the error of constantine, which was the begining of antichrist.

  28. Hagee used a simple marketing technique of “inflammatory” advertising that heightened the attention his new book would receive, thus enhance sales!

    He knew that by stating “Christ never claimed to be the so-called “insurrectionist messiah” (insurrectionist: his definition) he would draw this media attention while still contending his perceived orthodox stand on Christ being the Messiah of God.

    Unfortunately, Hagee’s more subtle and dangerous error is camouflaged in his “Plan of Salvation” presentation that mixes “grace & works”.(Romans 11:6) What Hagee offers is a “discipleship salvation” also known as “lordship salvation” which is really not “another gospel” that can save anyone. (Galatians 1:6-9).

    Review the Hagee prayer for salvation at:
    http://www.jhm.org/repent.asp

    Contrast with this article:
    LORDSHIP FAITH MISSES THE MARK FOR SALVATION
    http://www.faithalone.org/journal/1999i/J22-99b.htm

  29. Bruce, i believe you’re right.

    I was thinking about this yesterday, how all the controversy is going to make this book, full of error as it is, a best seller.

    By the way you have a nice website…

  30. If the Jews do not accept Christ (Messiah) there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.

    Exactly!

    Its pretty simple to see that in the word of God–its the core of the Gospel message!

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  32. He’s right, this latest nonsense will “shake Christian theology” and sink many Christians into his heretical quicksand. Why do we even call Jesus the “Christ,” or christos in Greek, or mashiach, “the anointed one,” in Hebrew? A cursory reading of Scriptures will reveal that Jesus himself claimed to be the Old Testament Messiah (Matthew 16:16-17; Luke 24:25-26; John 4:25-26). What about John 20:30-31? And was Peter guilty of abusing the Jewish people when he accused them of killing Jesus (Acts 2:23, 36)?

    The Jewish people as a whole did not reject Jesus? I wonder how Hagee interprets Jesus’ prophecy about God’s rejection of Israel and ingrafting of Gentile believers in Matthew 21:43? And what does he think of Jesus’ seven “woes” on Israel and his prophecy, “See, your house is left to you desolate” (Matthew 23:37-38)? Aren’t these because of Jewish unbelief? Is God unjust in destroying Israel in 70 A.D. because a handful of Jewish leaders – out of a whole nation – rejected the Son of God?

    In response to criticisms regarding these statements, Hagee offers some elaborations, which The Expositor publishes in full. He explains himself more, exposing his heretical views even more (heresies beget heresies):

    “To be Messiah you must live. To rule and reign you must live. Jesus came to die and be the Savior of every person on earth… Again, you must live to be Messiah. You cannot be both Messiah and Savior! … Jesus claimed to be Savior several times in the Bible. He never claimed to be Messiah to the Jewish people.”

    What if this Jesus was crucified, dead, and buried; descended into hell; rose from the grave on the third day; ascended into heaven; sits at the right hand of God the Father; and reigns now and forever? Is that sufficient to qualify him as Savior and Messiah?

    See my whole response at http://www.twoagespilgrims.com/doctrine

  33. I would also like to recommend that anyone reading the rest of your response also read:

    “Nuke Iran!” – John Hagee and Evangelical Zionists”

    To really understand how Hagee came to the place he is in now, in which he believes these lies, it helps to see the basis of where his beliefs come from. This post goes a long way in helping to explain it.

  34. I have read all the comments posted on this site. I have not yet read Pastor Hagee’s book but I plan to. My question’s to all of you are: 1) If you call yourself a Christian what happened to “Grace”? 2) Have any of you written to Pastor Hagee himself for answer’s to any of your question’s?
    3) What do you do with the scripture that says; “Touch Not My Annointed”? 4) How many of you have PRAYED and ask God to reveal the truth to you? 5) and instead of bad mouthing and calling a “brother in Christ” names, how many of you are praying for him?
    The “body” of Christ is so quick to kill their own still even after 2000 years! The Bible speaks very clearly about how to handle situations that are in error in the Church and name calling is not one of His ways.
    Let he without sin cast the first stone!

  35. Hello Fae..

    1) If you call yourself a Christian what happened to “Grace”?

    Grace is not an issue when someone who has/is posing as a minister of the Gospel is teaching obvious error, is unscriptural, is taking away from the Gospel message of salvation, or, the work of Christ. The bible itself calls them false teachers, and tells us to know them as such and have no dealings with them. As John Hagee teaches a false gospel, the word grace as used in the bible does not apply.

    Grace (Greek word caris) is also used in the opening or ending text of most if not all of the letters in the new testament and is synonymous with the word peace–like ‘grace and peace be upon you’…No one who is following Christ would say that blessing upon one who is teaching another gospel.

    2) Have any of you written to Pastor Hagee himself for answer’s to any of your question’s?

    You stated you had “read all the comments posted on this site..”..if that were true then you would know that yes, he has been written or called. One such contact-ER was myself, who received no answer. But that didn’t surprise me for I was sure he was being flooded by emails and calls from many others with the same questions concerning his beliefs. Some of those who did receive replies, and shared them, are posted here on the blog, verbatim. The last one was posted only last night which was from Michael Brown, a Jewish Christian leader, who had talked to Hagee personally…You can read it HERE (if by chance you missed it)

    3) What do you do with the scripture that says; “Touch Not My Annointed”?

    And who are God’s anointed my friend? You are referring to Psalms 105:15, “Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm”. These were men in the old testament, under the old covenant, whom God had anointed and consecrated for His service…

    So who are the anointed today?

    “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.” (1 John 2:27)

    “Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God”. (2 Corinthians 1:21)

    That’s all believers, all who abide in Christ today. All are anointed and set aside for God’s service (consecrated)

    False teachers may indeed have ‘an anointing’ but its not from God nor is it Holy.

    4) How many of you have PRAYED and ask God to reveal the truth to you?

    I pray for truth to be revealed to me every time I open my bible, I dare say all that desire truth do…NOW if you’re referring to the truth in that book–which I read, there wasn’t much I found. Sadly.

    5) and instead of bad mouthing and calling a “brother in Christ” names, how many of you are praying for him?

    Again, if you have read all here on this blog which has dealt with the subject of Hagee’s blasphemous claims you would know many have said they were praying for him. I hope you do the same after reading the book yourself…

    As far as ‘bad mouthing’ as you claim, no one has done this. What I personally have done is post facts, and warnings. And will continue to do so.

    When a wolf is spotted among the sheep, we are to call out a warning. AND keep calling it out until it gets heard.

    You say you have not even read the book Fae…so how can you defend what you have not read? A suggestion:

    Drop back after you read it, and then if you would like to discuss its contents in a mature Christian manner, I will be glad to discuss it with you. Others may also wish to do the same.

    One thing I will say though, no false teaching or defaming of Christ or the Gospel will ever be allowed to stay up on this blog. I prayed over this little blog the day I opened it–I’ll not allow anyone to post in a wrong spirit which is either not lifting up the name of Christ, or, is not beneficial to the body of Christ in some manner.

    pj

  36. Dear PJ Miller,

    Greetings in the mighty name of Yeshua HaMassiyah!

    Thank you for exposing John Hagee’s apostasy!

    There are some fundemental flaws in Hagee’s thinking:

    He thinks the Messiahship of Jesus can be determined by what the Jews think about Him which is completely absurd. The Messiahship of Jesus was determined by God the Father. Jesus came to the world by the authority of the Father. All human opinions about Jesus are worthless. If someone denies the Messianic claim of Jesus he/she is making God the Father a liar. Because He was the one who sent Jesus to the world as Messiah.

    Another thing that annoys me is Hagee repeatedly talking about the Jewish roots of Christianity. Well there is some truth in this statement. However the modern day Rabbinic Judaism or Talmudic Judaism came after the New Testaments. The modern day orthodox Jews give more importance to the so-called “oral law”. There is no evidence in the scriptures that God gave “oral laws” apart from the first 5 books of the Bible to Moses. The mordern day orthodox Rabbinic Judaism is based on the lie called “oral law”. Our Lord repeatedly condemned the traditions (known as Mishna in His times). Talmud lacks Spiritual authority because we do not find statements like “thus saith the Lord” or “Verily verily I say unto you”. Talmud also contains obnoxious references about Lord Jesus and Christians. Hagee also ignores the “Law of return” which prevents Jewish believers in Jesus to make Aliya to Israel.

    Hagee is not preaching the Jesus who came as the Jewish Messiah but he is preaching that “ANOTHER” Jesus mentioned in II Corinthians 11:4.

    Keep up the good work my friend!

    Yours in Jesus, the ONLY Messiah & the Son of God

    Victor

  37. Hi Victor…

    I must tell you though it was Randy over at the Threshing Floor who broke the story of John Hagee’s book–as well as Richard from the Bible Wheel who wrote the first book review after reading it himself. After watching the video clip at the Threshing Floor, i just couldn’t be silent…the shock of hearing Hagee’s words literally floored me. For some time i suspected he believed these outrageous claims, but hearing/finally seeing it was the clincher for me.

    Another thing that annoys me is Hagee repeatedly talking about the Jewish roots of Christianity. Well there is some truth in this statement. However the modern day Rabbinic Judaism or Talmudic Judaism came after the New Testaments.

    You make a very good point Victor. Not many Christians are aware of that. I wasn’t myself until last year.

    You have an interesting website my friend—i pray the Lord use it to reach many for Christ, as you continue to proclaim the truth!! Praise the Lord!!

    stop back again soon…..

    God bless..

    pj

  38. Hi PJ,

    Thanks!

    We Christians need to be aware of certain facts about the Rabbinic Judaism. Many Christians simply think that Jews only believe in the Old Testament! Our Christians are totally ignorant about the Talmudic Judaism. Talmudic Judaism teaches Christianity is idol worship and all Christians will go to hell. However Talmud claims that if a gentile follows the so-called 7 Noahide laws he/she will get saved and will get a place in the world to come. Talmud teaches that the 7 Noahide laws were orignigally given to Adam and passed onto Noah with one additional command. It is the Orthodox Jewish agenda to convert all Christians into this Noahide cult. These 7 laws were designed to destroy Christianity. Judaism also teaches hell is a place of purification rather than the place of eternal torment. Orthodox Jews laugh at Christian support to Israel and they wish all Christians to renounce their faith in Jesus and become Noahides. To hide their secret agenda they call Zionist Christians as missionizers while they themselves missionize Christians and converted some of them to the Noahide cult.

    Now apostates like John Hagee are contributing to destroy Christianity.

    BTW, the islamreview.com website is not my own but I promote their materials. It is very educational and informative.

  39. The Jews did not reject Jesus as their Messiah?

    What nonsense! John 1:10 “He came unto His own and His own received Him not.” Who were “His OWN”, if not the Jewish nation?

    John Hagee cannot circumvent the strength of this verse without twisting the clear and acceptable teaching on this verse.

    Sometimes, after you have preached for a long time, the desire to say something different, somethng new leads one into foolish and heretical teachings.

    John has gone the way of many false teachers before him.

  40. I went over to his website today Ed, i noticed he has a new edited version of that video up now.

    The problem with that though is the book is still the same–full of lies.

    John has gone the way of many false teachers before him

    Yep, it sure seems that way–sad to say.

    My thoughts have been though, did he ‘just’ recently fall into this heresy or has he believed these lies for a long time…and because of the book, we’re just now realizing it..

  41. Please note that John the Baptist was also wondering if Jesus was the “one to come” and asked Jesus for confirmation in which Jesus said “Go tell John what you have seen, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the blind see, the dead are raised, and the gospel is preached to the poor and blessed is he who is not offended in me.” Then he said of John. “No man born of woman is greater than John the Baptist but he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”*
    Matt 11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

    http://cufi.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=learn_teachings#special_message

    A Special Message from Pastor John Hagee Regarding His Book In Defense of Israel
    Dear Friend:

    I am writing to share with you some important news pertaining to my latest book In Defense of Israel. It has come to my attention that my choice of language and some of the interpretation being given that language in Chapter Ten has caused some confusion and actually led some readers to question whether I believe that Jesus is the Messiah. If people are reaching such a conclusion, then I have clearly failed to communicate my views as well as I should have.

    I have decided to release a new edition of In Defense of Israel with an expanded Chapter Ten. The new version will make the same point as the prior one, but using language which cannot mislead anyone about my bedrock belief that Jesus was and is Lord, Savior and Messiah.

    I was surprised to learn that some people were interpreting my words as a rejection of this most fundamental Christian belief that Jesus came to earth as the Messiah promised in the Hebrew Scriptures. I have been preaching the gospel for half a century. Almost every Sunday for the past 50 years, I have stood in front of Christian audiences to clearly proclaim the glory of our Lord, Savior and Messiah, Jesus Christ. For the past 30 years, these weekly sermons have been beamed to millions around the world on Christian television.

    Given my long years of preaching the gospel to so many, it simply never occurred to me that anyone would question my belief in the fundamentals of the faith. I chose to use challenging language that I hoped would confront the body of Christ to consider events from the Jewish and historical perspective and therefore develop greater empathy for our Jewish friends.

    Over the centuries, Christians have been quick to condemn the Jews for failing to recognize Jesus as Messiah. This approach led to replacement theology and the viewpoint of some that God has rejected and broken covenant with the Jewish people. These ideas, in turn, opened the door to a vicious Christian anti-Semitism that led to the Crusades, the Inquisition and countless pogroms.

    I tried to challenge this view by highlighting a distinction that has been long recognized in Christian theology between the role Jesus played in His first coming, and the role He will play in his second coming. Jesus came the first time as the suffering Messiah, as exemplified by His persecution, rejection and crucifixion. Jesus will come back as the reigning Messiah, who will rule the world from His throne in Jerusalem as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

    We Christians believe that the suffering Messiah was clearly foreshadowed in the writings of the Hebrew prophets. However, most Jews have never read the prophets in this way. The Jews were expecting the reigning Messiah. I know this, you know this, and our omniscient and omnipotent Savior knows this.

    God could have sent His Son to earth as the reigning Messiah the Jews were expecting. Instead He chose to send Him as the suffering Messiah, who submitted to the Cross, and I thank Him every day that He did. But I also regret daily that this divine move has led so many of the fallen humans it saved to denigrate and persecute the Jewish people from whom our Lord sprang.

    In the expanded Chapter Ten, I will make the same point with language that does not hide my own perspective on the matter. The primary change will involve how I use the word “Messiah.” In the expanded version, I will clarify the clear distinction between the “Suffering Messiah,” the Lamb of God and the “Reigning Messiah,” the Lion of the Tribe of Judah!

    I am deeply grieved for any confusion my writing may have caused the body of Christ. It was never intended. I trust this letter and the expanded edition of In Defense of Israel will clarify what I believe. I also hope that we can return our focus to what I had anticipated to highlight all along, the fact that we Christians must shift from condemning the Jews for what they missed to thanking them for what they gave.

    Blessings to you and those you love,

    Pastor John Hagee

    * MATHEW 11
    2 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,
    3 And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?
    4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:
    5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
    6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
    7 ¶ And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?
    8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses.
    9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.
    10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
    11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he……..

    And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
    13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
    14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.
    15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
    16 ¶ But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows,
    17 And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.
    18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil.
    19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.
    20 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:
    21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
    22 But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.
    23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
    24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.
    25 ¶ At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
    26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.
    27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
    28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
    29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
    30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

  42. Rich, thank you and God bless you for taking the time to put that together…

    I read the letter John Hagee put up/sent out awhile back, it may be in this thread or in another one here on the blog concerning Hagee’s book/claims–i can’t recall.

    The thing is though Rich, it doesn’t change the WHOLE contents of this book he wrote, which is full of error, and outright condemnation against Christians living today AND in the past. I read it myself…I have never read a book, written by a Christian (and one looked upon as a leader at that) which was as full of anger as this book by Hagee.

    His promise to release a NEW edition of this book…one edited to exclude a few things he wrote, can’t change that my friend–nor does it change what he really believes. He could not have wrote those false claims unless its something he has believed as truth for some time.

    This letter is trying to smooth the waters in relation to the many letters and phone calls he received from other heads of ministries, like Michael Brown, for one. Also the many Messianic groups who contacted him also, in deep distress over his claims. And even in the above letter, he still continues to not speak to what we owe Christ, but what we ‘owe’ the Jewish people of today…

    This is blasphemy.

    Israel today is an apostate nation as a whole…Hagee cannot see that. He is blinded by this very real fact. We know this because he STILL refuses (by his own words) to see the need to use his influence to preach the Gospel to them.

    I understand where he comes from in many of his ideas–a dispensationalist point of view, (which i totally disagree with) but even many who hold to this eschatological view on end-times have seen the error in his thinking in this book. In fact a few of the ones who have spoken out the loudest are dispensationalists.

    my hope is that John Hagee wakes up soon…he has done harm to the Gospel message AND to the Jewish people living in Israel today.

    He accuses others of replacement theology–when it is he who is practicing and teaching it, by continually teaching there are 2 people of God, that God has the Jewish people “on hold” today while He (God) is dealing with the Church.

    Those Jews who are our brothers and sisters in Christ, and a part of the one Church, would not agree with Hagee’s belief on that issue.

    Thanks again Rich…

    God bless

    pj

  43. Wow! So many opinions. So many upset people. The one thing I have not read here is anyone suggest asking a Jew what the Torah (Old Testament) has to say about the Messiah. Notice I did not say the Oral Law. There are a lot of New Testament quotes being posted here about the Messiah, but almost none from the prophets in the Old Testament. It seems to me that Hagee might have a better grasp of Old Testament Messianic prophecy than the person who wrote this book review. If you do not know a local Rabbi to ask, maybe you could send an e-mail to Rabbi Singer at his website.

  44. Hi Bill…funny you should ask. I had thought about posting a separate post on a topic i received in my news feeds tonight from Living Journey blog. But it fits in with your comment.

    What ARE Messianic Jews saying about Hagee’s book and comments?–that would be who to ask….not anyone, Jew or Gentile who is not born again. Why would a Christian seek answers to biblical questions from an unbeliever: one who does not believe that Jesus is the Messiah? They would not.

    From Living Journey blog: Executive Committee of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations says of Hagee…

  45. Guys, if you mean to preach Christianity to the Jews, expect them to preach Judaism back. If you expect some of them to be convinced by your message, expect some of you to be convinced by their message. It’s only fair.

    The only way this symmetry is broken is that their message is right, and yours is wrong… So it is indeed a great thing when you get convinced… and a tragedy when they are.

  46. I am so pleased that the confusion surrounding John Hagee’s book has been cleared up. If people read their Bible as often as what they should in conjunction with reading John Hagee’s book then the truth would be pretty obvious. His teachings are false. I am pleased though that I have read his book as I am now in a position to correct the false perceptions created for those have been mislead after reading it.

  47. Hagee is a heretic plain and simple. It has been taught from the time of the Apostles till now and recorded in the Holy Scripture and words of all christians ( not heretics) that Jesus was the Christ. he worked miracles, healed the sick, forgave sins and said that He would tear this temple down and raise it up in three days.
    He claimed to be God, “before Abraham was I Am’ and he was definately rejected.
    Hagee is a flase teacher way beyond that. But to say that Temple Judiasm exist today goes against the gospel of Christ Jesus, the faith delivered unto the saints ( Jude 1:3)..

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