Please forgive further words and my own musings on this topic of Hagee’s book: In Defense of Israel. It may seem to some a ‘thrice beaten dead horse’, especially after all the numerous posts and comments made here on this topic over the past couple weeks, but only tonight did I get the opportunity to not only read sections from the book, but the entire book itself, thanks to a friend who dropped it off today; plus I had previously said that after reading it all I’d give my honest opinion.
I was honestly hoping that once having the chance to read it, there could be found some redeeming value within its covers–sadly, I found none. I have no intention of writing my own review of the book, for others like Richard over at Bible Wheel, have written good reviews and rebuttals to much of what it contains–they have the talent to do it, I don’t. All I want to do is say Yes, now I’ve read it and in my opinion its unbiblical, emotionally ‘tainted’ with anger & full of political propaganda.
No where in this 207 page book did I see where Christ was lifted up; instead John Hagee lifts up in all 12 chapters a people and a land. Along with this idol worship, he points out time after time, in chapter after chapter, that we better wake up and realize the debt we owe, not to Christ, but to the Jewish people–he even has one chapter devoted entirely to this, chapter 8: “Our Debt to the Jewish People“. To be frank, reading his words stunned me, even though I had read some things taken from the book before. This is a man ate up with zeal, not of/for God, but for a cause. Its actually kind of spooky.
1-Its 1938…again –In this chapter he unashamedly uses the horrors of the Holocaust, Germany, Hitler, Martin Luther, etc etc…Along with sections of his own speeches delivered at CUFI meetings to invoke fear and a demand relating both to the scripture in Gen. 12:3- And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
2-My lifelong Love for Israel
3-Sins of the Fathers–More emotional blackmail
4-‘One Single Night’ Becomes Many— In this chapter he begins by relating his delving into studying his Jewish Roots–and his journey which led him to organize CUFI and The Night to Honor Israel program. After reading this chapter, I can see how this man started down the path which has led him to where he is today–and how his beliefs have shifted.
5 – The Peoples of the Middle East–Bottom line, only one land good, all else evil
6- The Religions of the Middle East
7- Revolution and Radical Islam— In this chapter he high-lights many of the evils done by radical Islamic groups, plus ends with a call for all Christians world-wide, but especially in America to stand in support of Israel, against these groups, etc etc… because if they go after Israel this means they are coming after us, etc etc….
8- Our Debt to the Jewish People— This opens with pages of photos of Hagee with numerous Jewish leaders, both religious and political, down through the years. This is only one of many [if not all] chapters in which he tosses in the phrase ‘anti-Semitism’ a lot. He points out that without the Jewish people there would be no Christianity, then travels back once again, into the history of Hitler, etc etc…This is one chapter I wish could be posted in its entirety.
9- Honoring Israel Brings God’s Blessings— Again he misapplies Genesis 12:3. Tells how the gentiles have always been and are today blessed through the Jews….etc etc…
10- Answering Christian Critics — This is the chapter in which most who have reviewed the book have taken Hagees words to show how he has twisted and misapplied numerous scriptures, so I won’t even try to add to it. If you’ve not read any reviews, go to the link at Bible Wheel at the beginning of this post, or go HERE, HERE, or HERE.
11- Answering Secular Critics— Totally Political (Yawn….)
12- Israel Lives!— A wrap up of the book; but he did add one thing which was ‘new to me’..and that was using the story of the life of Joseph, which I’ve always heard used as a type of Christ or the Messiah, to say he was shown it was so much more then just that, as its also a ‘type’ or “prophetic overlay” [his words] which describes the future relationship of Christians and Jews. Quote: “The biblical story of Joseph is not just a foreshadowing of Christ, but of all that which is going to happen at the end of times as we know it. …its connecting the dots…”
My suggestion–don’t waste your money or your time on this book. It will only leave you with a bad taste in your mouth, and a sadness at seeing a man of God turned to idolatry. It will also leave you with the obvious conclusion that this man has been given a great opportunity to witness to a lost people about Christ and salvation, and has failed.