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John Hagee: Christian Zionism’s Cause or Effect?


This is an interesting article written by Stan Moody, president of the Christian Policy Institute. I’ve not read his book, McChurched: 300 Million Served and Still Hungry, but have come across excerpts and quotes which interested me enough to want to read it.

Its no secret I have a real problem with the Christian Zionist movement: To be frank, the movement and the ideology is not indicative of Christianity as I understand it from the teachings of Jesus, or in fact, the entire New Testament/Covenant. There is so much I perceive as wrong or in error in its basic teachings, not the least being its roots being founded in classic dispensationalism, that I won’t even attempt to list all my concerns,…but will say, the most un-Christ-like aspect of this movement (and its teachings) is the lack of genuine love or concern for brothers and sisters in Christ, in the Arab world. To those deeply involved in this movement, its as though those ‘parts of the body of Christ’ do not even exist, are invisible, or worse yet expendable.

If you think I’m exaggerating, check out a number of Christian websites or blogs: take note on how many of them you come upon which have a ‘button’ or some other ‘gizmo’ somewhere on the front page which states: “I support Israel”, or “Friend of Israel” etc etc….On those you find these statements/buttons or ‘gizmos’, check around; do you see very many which openly state their support or ‘friendship’ for Christians in the middle east? Do you even read of any support for evangelizing Israel on these same websites? I’ll guarantee you, if you do, it won’t be often.

Why? because most in this movement, whether actively involved or having just picked up the mindset without realizing it, also perceive of no need to actively evangelize the very people who live in the State they vow to politically and financially support! Talk about an oxymoron: ‘cruel kindness’…there you have one. And on the other hand, anyone living in the middle east (other than in Israel) is looked upon as an enemy (if they are lost) or non-existent if they are believers in Christ.

But see, that is the warped theology which has infiltrated the Church in America–and its come out from the teachings of dispensationalism and ultimately, Christian Zionism. Is that how the bible teaches us we are to think/believe as Christians? I don’t think so–not in my bible.

Because of the eschatological beliefs, which determines this movements political positions, political involvement, and ultimate agenda , I believe it poses a danger to the Church of Jesus Christ, especially in America. (see: Monergism:The Threat of Christian Zionism, by Nathan Pitchford)

Enough of my musings…

From Challenging Christian Zionism:John Hagee: Christian Zionism’s Cause or Effect?

He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8b)

The time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths (2 Timothy 4:3,4)

John Nelson Darby (1800-1882), the British father of a fundamentalist school of thought known as Dispensationalism, created a dualism that has since plagued the Christian Church and now threatens the national security of both Israel and, according to many, America. His thesis was that, contrary to the Christian messianic proclamation of the one Kingdom of God, there are two Kingdoms – an earthly, material Kingdom promised to the Jewish people and a spiritual Kingdom promised to Gentile believers in Jesus Christ.

This theme was picked up by the very popular Scofield Reference Bible published in 1909, followed by the Ryrie Study Bible in 1994.

Not all who call themselves Dispensationalists would fully agree with Darby. What they do agree on, however, is the forensic distinction between Israel and the Church. Thus, they would view many or all of the Old Testament prophesies as yet to be fulfilled in the modern nation-state of Israel. This dualism assumes both the dispensation of the Mosaic Law and the New Testament age of Grace to be running concurrently with different objectives. As the Gentile believer cannot be reconciled to God outside the person and work of Jesus Christ, so the Jewish people cannot be reconciled to God outside the land that most Dispensationalists would consider to be Historic Palestine – the land at least from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River.

It is to this theology of the land – Haaretz – that Christian Zionism, an extreme expression of American Evangelicalism, bows. Because God has a continuing special relationship with and for the Jewish people that stands apart from the Church, Jews have a divine right to possess the land of Palestine.[1] God’s promise to Abraham remains eternal.

In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto they seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates…And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God (Gen. 15:18; 17:8, KJV)

According to the Christian Zionist, however, this divine right stretches beyond the promise to Abraham to a command to every Christian believer to unconditionally support the modern nation-state of Israel. In fact, because the Christian Zionist makes no distinction between nation-state and Jew, the following promise of God to Abraham is a litmus test for Christian belief:

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curses thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed (Gen 12:13, KJV).

A key standard for Christian faith and practice among Christian Zionists, therefore, is one’s position on the secular nation-state of Israel. To hold Israel accountable to any international standard other than that wrung out of the Bible in the form of dispensationalist doctrine is to call down God’s curse on oneself.

In her book, God’s Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters, Sarah Posner explores the impact on American domestic and foreign policy of the Christian Right wing of Evangelicalism, a contingent that is estimated to be in the order of 30 million adherents. The impact of this group on the presidential election of George W. Bush in both 2000 and 2004 is legendary. Coming out of the “prosperity gospel” of the 1990’s, this effective “merger” of evangelical faith with the Republican Party has now become so entrenched that neither the GOP nor the Christian Right can separate from the other.

Posner sees this as a “large and growing subculture” under the rubric of the “Word of Faith” movement:

…the Word of Faith movement is continually expanding – and its rising stars have gained more than a measure of respectability. Money-grubbing, authoritarian, and plagued by scandal, they nevertheless seem invulnerable to doubt. Their followers live in a strange subculture of “Hebraic Christianity,” en-times prophecy, and constant pressure to send in more money in the hope of healing cancer and saving mortgages from foreclosure. They dismiss negative news reports concerning the lavish lifestyles and dubious conduct of their preachers as works of Satan.[2]

The Word of Faith movement is characterized by revelation knowledge received directly from God.[3] As such, the believer has the power to “name it and claim it,” a phrase familiar to most American Christians. According to Posner, it is an “alternative universe” that rejects critical and intellectual thought and scorns the media and science.[4]

Out of this “subculture” has emerged evangelist John Hagee, pastor of the hugely successful Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, TX, boasting a congregation of nearly 20,000. Hagee’s international platform is a number of best-selling books and his Global Evangelism Television, by which he reaches millions weekly.

G. Richard Fisher is a Christian who portrays Hagee as a false Christian teacher with a “defective view of a basic and essential issue regarding salvation and the Gospel.” He calls that view the “Two Covenant” or “Dual Covenant” theory, whereby Jews and Christians are traveling parallel and distinct paths to salvation.[5]

Hagee has launched himself into the spotlight through his organization, Christians United for Israel. His annual CUFI Washington Summits have attracted such luminaries as former Sen. Rick Santorum, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, Sen. Sam Brownback, former GOP chair Ken Mehlman, former Rep. Tom Delay and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, as well as a video greeting from President George W. Bush.[6]

In my own book, McChurched: 300 Million Served and Still Hungry, I posed the proverbial question as to which came first, the chicken or the egg – the pastor or the congregation. Referring to 2 Timothy 4: 3,4, it occurred to me that generations of Americans worshipping the American Dream as God’s blessing on a faithful people has left the Christian Right with a faith that is earth-bound, requiring neither sacrifice nor suffering for others. God has become a fast-track to the good life here and now. As such, they can hire teachers and preachers who “suit their own likings,” leading to hedonism, materialism, self-righteousness and sexual immorality.[7]

I have traced the rise of the megachurch movement of homogeneous worshippers to a belief that the Christian Kingdom of God is “away,” with the agenda being a type of rain dance to bring it to earth. Christian Zionism fits that agenda.

The ethics of the Christian Right are derived from Scriptures-as-law, thus establishing a litmus test for belief…The problem with this is that the standards of virtue are dependent on the interpretation of those who insist that the Bible was dictated and therefore without plenary inspiration carrying forward from the writer to the reader…This is a dangerous ground and consistently leads to interpretations that support predisposed prejudices such as racism…Once the Kingdom is only futurized, the King (Christ) also is futurized, or at least “away.” That leaves us here to function on our own, which takes us back to the Old Testament law for our standard of behavior.

The Sermon on the Mount becomes relevant only for a future time, and love of neighbor becomes something that is an ideal for a perfect world.[8]

John Hagee, under the influence of what Posner calls “revelation knowledge,” gives the impression of straining to get the attention of God by advocating for what he believes is His plan. At the very least, such policies as a nuclear war with Iran and pushing the Palestinian people into Saudi Arabia and Egypt has the appearance of impatiently backing God into a corner. As such, the Battle of Armageddon and the physical return of Jesus to clean up the mess posit self-fulfilling prophecies.

In Hagee’s telling, Israel has no choice but to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities, with or without America’s help. The strike will provoke Russia – which wants the Persian Gulf oil – to lead an army of Arab nations against Israel. Then God will wipe out all but one-sixth of the Russian-led army, as the world watches “with shock and awe,” he says, lending either a divine quality to the Bush administration phrase or a Bush-like quality to God’s wrath.[9]

Hagee would do well, I think, to take to heart the caution of Micah 6:8 as to what the Lord requires of His people – to do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with their God. His nearly manic unbridled support for political Israel against diplomacy, human rights violations and international good will belie a humble walk. Becoming God’s agent for judgment robs God of the very sovereign rule Hagee intends to incite.

As the Bush administration winds down, Hagee’s political agenda has not missed a beat. He recently endorsed John McCain for President, thus anticipating continued influence on American foreign and domestic policy in the event of a McCain win in November 2008.

In violation of both international law and the mandate of Jesus that “As much as you did not do it (feed, clothe or give drink) to the least of these my brothers, you did not do it unto me” (Mat. 25:45), Hagee has raised over $1 million to help Soviet Jews resettle in Israel and Palestine in what he believes to be a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy.[10] In fact, these illegal settlements, largely in Palestinian Territory, require that the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) be stationed to protect the settlers, thus inflaming the conflict.

As the Christian Zionist campaign gains momentum, Hagee is seen to deny basic tenets of the Christian faith. Because he believes that Jews are under a separate and distinct covenant with God, Jesus’ words, “No man comes to the Father but through me” (1 John 5:12) apply to everyone but those who have Jewish blood in their veins. To even the cynical press, this is a strange belief. The Houston Chronicle had this to say:

John Hagee, fundamentalist pastor from San Antonio and friend of Israel, is truly a strange fish…The man has a mission. He is out to attack anti-Semitism. He also believes that Jews can come to God without going through Jesus Christ.[11]

Fisher reminds us that even in the Old Testament, Jews were not saved on the basis of their pedigree to Abraham or even their ability to keep the Law but on the basis of faith and the sacrificial lamb of atonement and its priestly mediation. From a Christian perspective, Hagee is thereby unfaithful to the New Testament in that his is a subtle form of anti- Semitism by putting a gag on evangelism and robbing the Jews of the Good News.[12] It is a gospel of salvation by race rather than grace.

Posner evaluates this movement from a sociopolitical perspective as a Jew and a member of the secular press. She reaches for the missing tenets of the Sermon on the Mount – a natural concern for the poor and disadvantaged among us. Yet, their absence within the ethic of the Christian Right can only be attributed to a Republican political agenda:

As Word of Faith leaders continue to be extolled as prophets, Republicans continue to find an audience favorably disposed to their central economic principles: denigration of a government safety net, a business environment free of government regulation, and the primacy of the individual over the community. The Word of Faith movement plays on people’s economic dreams, which are left unfulfilled by Republican economic policy. Through its central promise – that an investment in the ministry of a Word of Faith televangelist will yield a supernatural return – the prosperity gospel offers a faith-driven business opportunity, one with no prospectus, no accountability, and, because of the status of churches, no regulation.[13]

In a word, selfish, greedy people have heaped to themselves selfish, greedy teachers to suit their own likings, thus wandering into myths.

Fisher offers a fitting conclusion from the writings of Jacob Jocz in his 1949 book, The Jewish People and Jesus Christ:

God is no respecter of persons. Before Him, the Holy One, men stand not as Jews and Gentiles but as sinners who are in need of grace. Jesus the prophet may be speaking to the Gentiles, but Jesus the Son of God speaks to mankind. Jesus the martyr may be appealing to some and not to others, but Jesus the Lamb of God challenges the whole human race. God’s word is one word, and God’s way is one if it is the way of God.[14]

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[1] Sizer, Christian Zionism (Downers Grove: IVP, 2004), p. 20.

Sarah Posner, God’s Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters, PoliPointPress, Sausallito, 2008, p. xi.

[3] Ibid,, p. 14.

[4] Ibid.

[5] G. Richard Fisher, “The Other Gospel of John Hagee,” Personal Freedom Outreach, http://www.pfo.org/jonhagee.htm, p. 1.

[6] Posner, p. 107.

[7] Moody, McChurched: 300 Million Served and Still Hungry, Just Write Books, Topsham, ME, 2006, p. 8.

[8] Moody, p. 205, 206.

[9] Posner, p. 106.

[10] Fisher, p. 3.

[11] Ibid., p. 4.

[12] Ibid., p. 10, 11.

[13] Poser, p. 173

[14] Fisher, p. 14.

*also see: THE OTHER GOSPEL OF JOHN HAGEE: CHRISTIAN ZIONISM AND ETHNIC SALVATION

15 comments on “John Hagee: Christian Zionism’s Cause or Effect?

  1. A friend of mine just emailed me one of your articles from a while back. I read that one a few more. Really enjoy your blog. Thanks

  2. Recently Frank Rich of the New York Times try to make a comparison between Obama’s Reverend Wright situation and John Hagee backing McCain. this is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. Don’t believe me? Check out this article Another Comparison Between John Hagee and Jeremiah Wright.

  3. Thanks Jamie!

    Matt, in my opinion, John Hagee is a lot more dangerous then rev. Wright: why? because of his Washington connections on Capitol hill. As radical as rev. Wright is, i don’t see any of his opinions determinig foreign policy–on the other hand, Hagee and his org. (CUFI) do try to influence United States foreign policies.

    When we’ve got a ‘man of God’ calling for the immediate pre-emptive bombing of Iran, who has the ear of many in DC…dangerous is the only word for him.

  4. You know,whenever i try to watch John Hagee preach,i just end up laughing! Not because i want to be instructed by him,i have my Bible to do that but to see how American masses are being misled. I have long been looking for a blog that doesn’t support Israel and am glad i found someone with sense!

    Everything that Rev.Wright said is true,and there is evidence…for those who do not know,America is the 2nd beast of revelation. Now that Hagee has connections with the White House,people should seriously wake up….for the image if the beast is slowly being formed!

    I don’t know why people are so obsessed with Israel and always with the wrong one! The Apostles kept hoping that Jesus would rescue Israel,unfortunately,she was at a point of no return! In our day still,people are obsessed with the wrong Israel,people who don’t even believe that Jesus is GOD, People should wake up and search the scriptures themselves,ask the Holy Spirit to explain the scriptures to you, if you rely on th Hagees of the world,know you are on the road to destruction.

    Thanx for the blog though…

  5. Hi Sandra..

    I don’t know why people are so obsessed with Israel and always with the wrong one!

    It comes down to one’s theology and the mis-applying [or interpretation] of scripture…and a failure grasp the truth, that the promises God gave to Abraham were put into effect through Christ, Abraham’s True Seed. And if we be ‘in Christ’ those same promises are ours! They belong to the Church–made up of both Jew and Gentlie believers in Christ.

    Do i think we should support the state of modern day Israel? Yes…because it is a democracy.. Just as we should support any state or nation who’s people live in the basic freedoms offered to all mankind; The problem lies in the fact that many Christians are not supporting modern day Israel for those reasons, but for ones which stem from their lack of understanding of scripture relating TO Israel under the new covenant.

    This is sadly a fall-out from the teachings of dispensationalism..in particular the dispensationalist view point on Eschatology/last day Prophecy.

    This wrong way of understanding who true Israel is has led many Christians to form not only an obsession with the modern day state of Israel, but for all intents and purposes it has caused them to not only ignore our Jewish brothers and sister living inside Israel, who are persecuted daily, but to with-hold the Gospel from lost Jews in the state of Israel.

    Not to be ignored also, is how this attitude has affected the Churches way of looking at the lost through-out the middle-east: Instead of seeing them all through the eyes of Christ and the word of God–lost, in need of a Savior, they are scorned for the most part because of their on-going conflict with the state of modern day Israel.

  6. Thought you might like to read this…I stand in complete agreement with these men of God
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    An Open Letter to Evangelicals and Other Interested Parties:
    The People of God, the Land of Israel, and the Impartiality of the Gospel

    Recently a number of leaders in the Protestant community of the United States have urged the endorsement of far-reaching and unilateral political commitments to the people and land of Israel in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, citing Holy Scripture as the basis for those commitments. To strengthen their endorsement, several of these leaders have also insisted that they speak on behalf of the seventy million people who constitute the American evangelical community.

    It is good and necessary for evangelical leaders to speak out on the great moral issues of our day in obedience to Christ’s call for his disciples to be salt and light in the world. It is quite another thing, however, when leaders call for commitments that are based upon a serious misreading of Holy Scripture. In such instances, it is good and necessary for other evangelical leaders to speak out as well. We do so here in the hope that we may contribute to the cause of the Lord Christ, apart from whom there can never be true and lasting peace in the world.

    At the heart of the political commitments in question are two fatally flawed propositions. First, some are teaching that God’s alleged favor toward Israel today is based upon ethnic descent rather than upon the grace of Christ alone, as proclaimed in the Gospel. Second, others are teaching that the Bible’s promises concerning the land are fulfilled in a special political region or “Holy Land,” perpetually set apart by God for one ethnic group alone. As a result of these false claims, large segments of the evangelical community, our fellow citizens, and our government are being misled with regard to the Bible’s teachings regarding the people of God, the land of Israel, and the impartiality of the Gospel.

    In what follows, we make our convictions public. We do so acknowledging the genuine evangelical faith of many who will not agree with us. Knowing that we may incur their disfavor, we are nevertheless constrained by Scripture and by conscience to publish the following propositions for the cause of Christ and truth.

    1. The Gospel offers eternal life in heaven to Jews and Gentiles alike as a free gift in Jesus Christ. Eternal life in heaven is not earned or deserved, nor is it based upon ethnic descent or natural birth.

    2. All human beings, Jews and Gentiles alike, are sinners, and, as such, they are under God’s judgment of death. Because God’s standard is perfect obedience and all are sinners, it is impossible for anyone to gain temporal peace or eternal life by his own efforts. Moreover, apart from Christ, there is no special divine favor upon any member of any ethnic group; nor, apart from Christ, is there any divine promise of an earthly land or a heavenly inheritance to anyone, whether Jew or Gentile. To teach or imply otherwise is nothing less than to compromise the Gospel itself.

    3. God, the Creator of all mankind, is merciful and takes no pleasure in punishing sinners. Yet God is also holy and just and must punish sin. Therefore, to satisfy both his justice and his mercy, God has appointed one way of salvation for all, whether Jew or Gentile, in Jesus Christ alone.

    4. Jesus Christ, who is fully God and fully man, came into the world to save sinners. In his death upon the cross, Jesus was the Lamb of God taking away the sin of the world, of Jew and of Gentile alike. The death of Jesus forever fulfilled and eternally ended the sacrifices of the Jewish temple. All who would worship God, whether Jew or Gentile, must now come to him in spirit and truth through Jesus Christ alone. The worship of God is no longer identified with any specific earthly sanctuary. He receives worship only through Jesus Christ, the eternal and heavenly Temple.

    5. To as many as receive and rest upon Christ alone through faith alone, to Jews and Gentiles alike, God gives eternal life in his heavenly inheritance.

    6. The inheritance promises that God gave to Abraham were made effective through Christ, Abraham’s True Seed. These promises were not and cannot be made effective through sinful man’s keeping of God’s law. Rather, the promise of an inheritance is made to those only who have faith in Jesus, the True Heir of Abraham. All spiritual benefits are derived from Jesus, and apart from him there is no participation in the promises. Since Jesus Christ is the Mediator of the Abrahamic Covenant, all who bless him and his people will be blessed of God, and all who curse him and his people will be cursed of God. These promises do not apply to any particular ethnic group, but to the church of Jesus Christ, the true Israel. The people of God, whether the church of Israel in the wilderness in the Old Testament or the Israel of God among the Gentile Galatians in the New Testament, are one body who through Jesus will receive the promise of the heavenly city, the everlasting Zion. This heavenly inheritance has been the expectation of the people of God in all ages.

    7. Jesus taught that his resurrection was the raising of the True Temple of Israel. He has replaced the priesthood, sacrifices, and sanctuary of Israel by fulfilling them in his own glorious priestly ministry and by offering, once and for all, his sacrifice for the world, that is, for both Jew and Gentile. Believers from all nations are now being built up through him into this Third Temple, the church that Jesus promised to build.

    8. Simon Peter spoke of the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus in conjunction with the final judgment and the punishment of sinners. Instructively, this same Simon Peter, the Apostle to the Circumcision, says nothing about the restoration of the kingdom to Israel in the land of Palestine. Instead, as his readers contemplate the promise of Jesus’ Second Coming, he fixes their hope upon the new heavens and the new earth, in which righteousness dwells.

    9. The entitlement of any one ethnic or religious group to territory in the Middle East called the “Holy Land” cannot be supported by Scripture. In fact, the land promises specific to Israel in the Old Testament were fulfilled under Joshua. The New Testament speaks clearly and prophetically about the destruction of the second temple in A.D. 70. No New Testament writer foresees a regathering of ethnic Israel in the land, as did the prophets of the Old Testament after the destruction of the first temple in 586 B.C. Moreover, the land promises of the Old Covenant are consistently and deliberately expanded in the New Testament to show the universal dominion of Jesus, who reigns from heaven upon the throne of David, inviting all the nations through the Gospel of Grace to partake of his universal and everlasting dominion.

    10. Bad Christian theology regarding the “Holy Land” contributed to the tragic cruelty of the Crusades in the Middle Ages. Lamentably, bad Christian theology is today attributing to secular Israel a divine mandate to conquer and hold Palestine, with the consequence that the Palestinian people are marginalized and regarded as virtual “Canaanites.” This doctrine is both contrary to the teaching of the New Testament and a violation of the Gospel mandate. In addition, this theology puts those Christians who are urging the violent seizure and occupation of Palestinian land in moral jeopardy of their own bloodguiltiness. Are we as Christians not called to pray for and work for peace, warning both parties to this conflict that those who live by the sword will die by the sword? Only the Gospel of Jesus Christ can bring both temporal reconciliation and the hope of an eternal and heavenly inheritance to the Israeli and the Palestinian. Only through Jesus Christ can anyone know peace on earth.

    The promised Messianic kingdom of Jesus Christ has been inaugurated. Its advent marks the focal point of human history. This kingdom of the Messiah is continuing to realize its fullness as believing Jews and Gentiles are added to the community of the redeemed in every generation. The same kingdom will be manifested in its final and eternal form with the return of Christ the King in all his glory.

    Of all the nations, the Jewish people played the primary role in the coming of the Messianic kingdom. New Testament Scripture declares that to them were given the oracles of God, the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises. Theirs are the fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and from them, according to the flesh, came Christ. Salvation is, indeed, of the Jews. While affirming the Scriptural teaching that there is no salvation outside of Christ, Christians should acknowledge with heartfelt sorrow and grief the frequent oppression of the Jews in history, sometimes tragically done in the name of the cross.

    But what are we to make of the unbelief of Israel? Has their unbelief made the faithfulness of God without effect for them? No, God has not completely rejected the people of Israel, and we join the apostle Paul in his earnest prayer for the salvation of his Jewish kinsmen according to the flesh. There always has been and always will be a remnant that is saved. While not all Israel will experience the blessing of participation in the Messianic kingdom, yet Jews who do come to faith in Christ will share in his reign throughout the present age and into eternity. In addition, it is not as though the rejection of some in Israel for unbelief serves no purpose. On the contrary, because they were broken off in unbelief, the Gospel has gone to the Gentiles, who now, through faith, partake of the blessings to the fathers and join with believing Jews to constitute the true Israel of God, the church of Jesus Christ.

    The present secular state of Israel, however, is not an authentic or prophetic realization of the Messianic kingdom of Jesus Christ. Furthermore, a day should not be anticipated in which Christ’s kingdom will manifest Jewish distinctives, whether by its location in “the land,” by its constituency, or by its ceremonial institutions and practices. Instead, this present age will come to a climactic conclusion with the arrival of the final, eternal phase of the kingdom of the Messiah. At that time, all eyes, even of those who pierced him, will see the King in his glory. Every knee will bow, and every tongue will declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. The kingdoms of this world will become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign forever and ever.

    In light of the grand prophetic expectation of the New Testament, we urge our evangelical brothers and sisters to return to the proclamation of the free offer of Christ’s grace in the Gospel to all the children of Abraham, to pray for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and to promise all humanitarian sympathy and practical support for those on both sides who are suffering in this current vicious cycle of atrocity and displacement. We also invite those Christian educators and pastors who share our convictions on the people of God, the land of Israel, and the impartiality of the Gospel to join their names with ours as signatories to this open letter.

    Advent

    In the Year of our Lord 2002

    Soli Deo Gloria

    Signatories
    R. Fowler White, Ph.D., Knox Theological Seminary, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Robert L. Reymond, Ph.D., Knox Theological Seminary, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    O. Palmer Robertson, Th.D., Knox Theological Seminary, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    E. Calvin Beisner, Ph.D. (cand.), Knox Theological Seminary, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Samuel P. Lamerson, Ph.D., Knox Theological Seminary, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Lawrence C. Roff, D.Min., Knox Theological Seminary, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Warren A. Gage, Ph.D., Knox Theological Seminary, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Collins D. Weeber, Ph.D., Knox Theological Seminary, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Ronald T. Kilpatrick, D.Min., Knox Theological Seminary, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    George W. Grant, Ph.D., King’s Meadow Study Center, Franklin, TN
    Michael A. G. Haykin, Th.D., Toronto Baptist Theological Seminary, Canada
    David W. Hall, Ph.D., The Kuyper Institute, Oak Ridge, TN
    Alden C. Mayfield, M.A.R., Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea
    Gary DeMar, M.Div., American Vision, Powder Springs, GA
    Dominic A. Aquila, D.Min., New Geneva Theological Seminary, Colorado Springs, CO
    Richard B. Gaffin, Jr., Th.D., Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA
    Cornelius P. Venema, Ph.D., Mid-America Reformed Seminary, Dyer, IN
    Michael S. Horton, Ph.D., Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Philadelphia, PA
    C.W. Powell, Ph.D., New Geneva Theological Seminary, Colorado Springs, CO
    James E. McGoldrick, Ph.D., Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Taylors, SC
    Kenneth G. Talbot, Ph.D., Whitefield Theological Seminary, Lakeland, FL
    Donald J. Musin, Ph.D., Whitefield Theological Seminary, Lakeland, FL
    W. Gary Crampton, Th.D., Whitefield Theological Seminary, Lakeland, FL
    Thomas Schirmacher, Ph.D., Martin Bucer Theological Seminary, Germany
    D. Randall Talbot, Th.D., Whitefield Theological Seminary, Lakeland, FL
    Leanne Van Dyk, Ph.D., Western Theological Seminary, Holland, MI

    http://www.bible-researcher.com/openletter.html

  7. Hi pj,

    You know that these are the last days and that people will interprete scripture in a way that pleases them and their hearers. So in the case of Israel(i do stand and agree with what those people said above),there are Christians,whose forefathers fled during the siege of Jerusalem but when you read the Bible,there are alot of reasons why the Jews rejected Jesus and one of the reasons is that they relied on the chief priests for interpretation of scripture,so when these leaders were so full of pride and couldnt accept His teachings,the masses also had to question ‘if the leaders do not acknowledge Him as the Messiah,then He’s probably not the One’, thats why everyone is admonished to study scripture for oneself,if you rely on a former ‘bible-college student’ for interpretation,think again! Besides,how come in Old Salem,some people believed and some didnt?
    The True Israel are the true commandment keepers,who do not compromise with evil and live blameless lives. The seal of God cannot be placed on an impure person,who tells lies,is selfish,compromises with evil(both jew and gentile) and only 144,000 people are to be sealed or are sealed in our time and will be found standing. If you read revelation,that number are those who have led blameless lives,no deceit is found on their tongues. True Israel covers both Jew and Gentile(who are blameless and walk in the ways of the Lord). Its not the land in the middle east.

  8. Thank you. Too many Christians have been deceived by disspensationalism. Too many people have itchy ears. The fact is that true Israel are those that are born of God and not of man, period.

    “It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel. In other words, it is not the natural children who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring.” Romans 9:6,8.

    And we also know that Jesus Himself said, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” John 3:3.

  9. True Israel covers both Jew and Gentile(who are blameless and walk in the ways of the Lord). Its not the land in the middle east.

    amen Sandra. The body of Christ, made up of both Jew and Gentile is the Israel of God.

    God is not a Polygamist: He has always been united with one people[s]…After the new covenant was ‘cut’, by the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, that one people are those found to be abiding in Christ.

  10. Joe i truly believe the teachings of classic dispensationalism, has done great harm to the body of Christ over the last 100-125 years.

    Without it, the false idea of dual covenant theology could have never been born. Nor would have the false teachings that say we as Christians are biblically mandated to financially support the political state of Israel, without evangelizing the lost, ever been seen as being in God’s will.

    Jesus said:

    Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. mark 16

    He didn’t say:

    ‘go into all the world and preach the gospel, but don’t go to Israel because i have a ‘different’ plan for them’…

  11. pj, you are right when you say God is not polygamous because He is forever faithful….and it goes both ways,the true Israel aren’t polygamous or adulterers as we are cautioned in James 4:4.

    The bible is clear:
    ” Do you not know that the wicked(both Jew and Gentile or every mortal on the face of the planet) will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God”
    1 Corinthians 6:9-10

    “Surely God is good to Israel,to those who are pure i heart”
    Psalm 73:1

    ”The acts of the sinful nature are obvious:sexual immorality,impurity and debauchery,idolatry and witchcraft;hatred,discord,jealousy,fits of rage,selfish ambition,dissensions,factions,envy,drunkenness,orgies and the like. I warn you as i did before that all who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God”
    Galatians 5:19-21

    The word of God is clear,its warnings are to all mortals on the face of the earth. I wonder what the streets of Jerusalem look like at night or in the evenings…..bars with people pubbing and clubbing and puffs of smoke clouding the air….
    Are the people in the land in the middle east immune to the above mentioned sinful acts…?

  12. I enjoyed reading your website. I agree with what you are saying. I was beginning to believe that John Hagee was a false teacher. I do believe it now. I love to get confirmations on what the TRUTH has revealed to me. Keep writing. Many more will read.

  13. Linda God is good to us, in sending confirmations..it happens to me also.

    As Sandra pointed out;

    The word of God is clear,its warnings are to all mortals on the face of the earth.

    And because many in the Christian Zionist movement, including Hagee who heads up the largest CZ org. in the US, refuse to see that as true, it shows me this entire movement is nothing but political…

  14. Thank you for posting my piece on John Hagee…I have posted a sermon that might begin to examine critically the reasons why American evangelical Christians are so earth-bound that they no longer see the presence of Jesus…This might be of interest…

    http://meetinghousechurch.blogspot.com/

    I have become deeply concerned over the “merger” between the Christian Right and the Republican Party…Every once in awhile I get obsessed with the disconnect between the Bush conversion and the failure of humility and God-given critical thinking skills…I have published one such on Faithful Democrats…You might be interested in my frustrations exhibited there…

    http://faithfuldemocrats.com/content/view/760/92/

    Thank you for your good work…

    Stan Moody

  15. Thank YOU brother Moody!

    Once in a great while I’ll come upon a paper or article like yours on the topic of Christian Zionism, which spells out exactly what i see…but do not have the gift or talent myself, to write about.

    Your article was one of the best, and confirmed what i believe God had been pointing out to me.

    Thank you for the link also…i’m going to read it this evening

    God bless…

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