When checking out recent “inner” activity at the blog I noticed one of the posts had been linked to a message at One For Israel. The message was, A Plea To John Hagee: Let My People Know.
You can check out the website to read the entire article, which includes a video.
To share or not to share the Messiah with Jewish people?
Celebrity pastor, John Hagee, is dead against the idea, but others are taking brave risks to bring the good news to the people of Israel. Café Forté, a coffee shop run by believers in Jerusalem, had its kosher license revoked, as the authorities were horrified that they were offering New Testaments to some of their customers.
If you share the wonderful news of Yeshua in Israel, it will not make you popular. But since when did Yeshua say it was all about being popular? Rather, he promised: “You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” (Matthew 10:22). The Bible insists that we should not be surprised by trials and persecutions when we bring the message of the cross. But bring it we must, or we insult the work that Yeshua did upon it. However, there are those, like John Hagee, that would not agree. We would like to challenge his refusal to let the Jewish people hear the truth.
“Whether they listen or whether they fail to listen”
Paul was a man who knew what it meant to suffer for the gospel, doggedly taking the news of the Messiah to the Jewish people whether they listened or not. He said, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the gentile”. (Romans 1:16)
We in One For Israel have been concerned by Christians like John Hagee who are teaching that that there is no need to share the gospel with Jewish people. They mistakenly believe that Jewish people do not need the blood of Yeshua to pay for their sins, unlike everyone else. By witholding the good news of the Messiah’s victory over death and punishment, such people are keeping Jewish people from salvation and the forgiveness that was bought for them at a very high price. This is an extremely grave matter for all those who care about Israel, and we would like to encourage you to join us in making sure that every Jewish person gets a good chance to understand the gospel in a way that makes sense to them. It makes no sense to love people and be indifferent about their eternal destiny – we love our Jewish brothers and sisters, and long for them to join us in eternity. To prevent them from hearing the truth that can save them is not only unloving, some would even call it a form of anti-Semitism. It is singling the Jewish people out for less favourable treatment. They have the right to hear the truth too, just as much as the gentiles.
John Hagee and his ministry, Christians United For Israel, will not offer the gospel message even though the Bible teaches that without it, people are perishing. He is not only witholding vital information about Yeshua, but he is also falling into serious error in what he does say about Yeshua.
In his controversial book “In Defense of Israel”, John Hagee claims that:
– Jesus did not come to earth to be the Messiah.
– Jesus refused by word and deed to be the Messiah.
– A Jew cannot be blamed for not accepting what “was never offered”.
We hope you can see the problem here. The Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations along with many prominent leaders have spoken out against John Hagee’s teaching, calling it heresy and an increasing number of people are questioning his ideas and approach.
The Bible tells us to watch and pray; to be alert, and to test teaching, so that we do not fall into error. Please take this information seriously, investigate for yourselves, and pass it along to others who may need to know.
Don’t you think that the Jewish people need Jesus too? We as Jewish Israelis ourselves says YES!