tirsdag 11. februar 2014

No. 666: John Hagee is a false prophet like any other gjengiftede preachers . The striking as King Uzziah who took on a role he was out for!

No. 666:

John Hagee is a false prophet like any other gjengiftede preachers . The striking as King Uzziah who took on a role he was out for!

Are you gjengiftede as a Christian , one is impossible to have an overseer in the congregation . Just like King Uzziah was excluded from having a priesthood office. When he went in to take on the task he brought no life and blessing with it , but judgment and death ! So it was then, as it is now , God has not changed.

John Hagee speaks Israel's case as hot as me, but it has zero impact if one lives in adultery !

Of course it is admirable that Hagee speaks Israel's case , and he is knowledgeable , that he should have. But it has zero impact on him and his service as long as he is living in sin with his life . It is only if he makes up his sin and go back to his teen wife or live alone that he has been restored as a Christian .

Who is this John Hagee ?

From Wikipedia: John Hagee was the leader of the charismatic Trinity Church in 1970 and fathered two children with his first wife , Marthe Downing , whom he divorced in from 1975 . Hagee married all over again with Diana Castro 12 April 1976 and they have three children together.

John Hagee has thirteen grandchildren. Matthew Hagee , John 's youngest son from his second marriage , is the executive pastor of Cornerstone Church . ( end of quote ) .

How can John Hagee build up such a great business and no one warns against him ? This is because Christians are sleeping and that " grows" one should not move when there is money and power that counts , it looks like ?

John Hagee says too many weird teacher. That the Jews do not need to be saved, dominion theology and very much wonder otherwise .

King Uzziah was a leper and excluded from Israel and being King.

2 Chron . 26 1 And all the people of Judah took Uzziah , and who was sixteen years old , the king instead of his father Amaziah. 2 He did Elot to a city, and used it to Judah , after the king had put himself to sleep with his fathers . 3 Uzziah was sixteen years old when he began to reign , and he reigned two and fifty years in Jerusalem : and his mother 's name was Jecholiah from Jerusalem. 4 He did what was right in the sight of Jehovah , according to all that his father Amaziah had done. 5 And he sought God in the days of Zechariah , who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD , God made him to prosper . 6 And he went forth and warred against the Philistines, and broke down the wall of Gath, and the wall of Jabneh, and he built cities in Ashdod and elsewhere in the land of the Philistines . 7 And God helped him against the Philistines, and against the Arabians that dwelt in Gur -baal , and the Mehunims . 8 And the Ammonites gave gifts to Uzziah : and his name spread even to Egypt, for he became exceedingly powerful. 9 Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the Corner Gate and at the Valley Gate and at the angle and the turning of the wall, and fortified . / 10 he built towers in the desert , and digged many wells : for he had much cattle, both in the lowlands and plains: husbandmen also , and he had farmers and tenants on the mountains and in Carmel: for lay him on the heart. 11 Uzziah had an host of fighting men , that went out to war by bands , signed and numbered by the state printer Jehiel and overseer Masseiah , under the direction of Hananiah , one of the king 's captains. 12 Two thousand and six hundred was the whole number of the mighty men who were family heads, 13 And under their hand was an army, three hundred and seven thousand and five hundred, that made war with mighty power, to help the king against the enemy. 14 This whole army Uzziah prepared with shields and spears , and helmets, and coats of mail , and bows, and slings to cast stones . 15 In Jerusalem he made machines of war aligned , which might be on the towers and bulwarks to shoot arrows and great stones . And his name spread far and wide , for he was helped on the way, so he was strong . 16 But when he was strong , he was the pride of his heart, he transgressed , he disobeyed the Lord his God, and went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense. 17 Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him fourscore priests of the LORD , brave men . 18 And they rose up against King Uzziah and said to him : It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the LORD , but to the priests the sons of Aaron , that are consecrated to it. Go out of the sanctuary; For you have been disobedient , and it becomes thee not to the glory of God the Lord. 19 Then Uzziah was wroth . He held a censer in his hand and would just about to burn incense : and while he was wroth with the priests , the leprosy in his forehead , as he stood before the priests in the house of the altar of incense. 20 And Azariah the chief priest and all the priests , looked upon him, saw that he was leprous in his forehead . They thrust him out from thence : and himself hasted also to go out, because the LORD had smitten him. 21 Uzziah the king was a leper to the day of his death , and dwelt in a several house , being a leper , for he was excluded from the house . His son Jotham the king's house, judging the people . 22 Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, both in his first and in his later days, the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz , written op. / 23 And Uzziah lay down to rest with his fathers , and they buried him with his fathers in the burial place of the kings, for they said, He is a leper . And Jotham his son reigned in his stead .

Uzziah was 16 years old when he became king - and he was king for 52 years . Here we meet a godly man who sought God and did what was right in the sight of the Lord . He was raised in a " Christian home " and took good care of their childhood and the legacy of the home. The people loved Uzziah , because no one had done so much good for Israel since King Solomon .

King Uzziah had thus a very good start to his race. He had a good " input" . But how was the end of his journey ? It was the end we should heed . Yes, when Uzziah was at its most powerful , something happens .

Why did Uzziah ?

1 ) Uzziah began to exalt themselves. He forgot that real progress has more to do with who we are than what we do. He forgot that it was God who had helped him the power and glory that he had achieved .
2 ) He had not taken the time to build character in their lives. His character was in no way compared to what he had done. It is important to build a strong character of God before you step out in service to God . If not then it will sooner or later be a character flaw that is visible to all ...
3) The pride came into his life . Pride always comes before a fall. Uzziah could not stand success. But what is pride?
- Pride is the "mother of all sin " ( Lester Sumrall )
- Pride is a spiritual cancer. It eats up the possibilities that love and the fruit of the Spirit can flow .
- Pride is selfish. It has always ego in the center . ("I just ...")
- Pride is arrogance. It is to exalt themselves. One expects privileges, one wants to be noticed and become popular .
- Pride is anger. One can not bear reproof , but reacts with anger.
In verse 19 we see that Uzziah react with anger - typical pride ...
We all need someone corrects us / admonishes us. Ask yourself : How do I receive admonition and correction from other people ? The way you accept correction , will determine how you end your run!
Uzziah was a leper , and he remained a leper life. He was first called king, but ended up being known as leprosy . It was no longer speaking about what he did in the beginning. What matters is how you finish the race !
This man had ascended the throne at the age of sixteen, destined to be one of the greatest kings of Judah. He received advice from the prophet Zechariah . He received a call from the Lord. He was mightily blessed by God.
The Bible says that Uzziah sought the Lord - and God made him prosper and be strong , "God helped him .... " (2 Chronicles 26:7 ) . ".... His name spread far and wide , for he was helped on the way, and he was strong . " (verse 15).
Besides Solomon , Uzziah had the best reputation of all the kings of Judah. He was anointed by God. He initiated the revival of the country, tore down the idols and walking according to God's word. When this brave king drove his carriage through the streets , he was given the honor and respect. He received gifts and tributes from around the world.
However , Scripture says : ".... when he was strong , he was the pride of his heart, unto their own destruction . , He transgressed against the LORD his God , and went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense . " (verse 16).
Pride overcame this man. He wanted to become a priest as well as king! In disobedience Uzziah entered the temple and began waving incense before the altar . He received a rebuke for this - and when he pointed an angry finger in response , his hand immediately began to fade . It suddenly became a leper. Uzziah had to be thrown out of the temple !
Oh, what a shame ! One of the largest, richest kings in Judah's history to reach isolated. He was taken to a house where he spent the rest of his days as a leper : " Uzziah the king was a leper unto the day of his death . He lived in a house for himself as a leper , for he was excluded from the house ... . " ( 2 Chron . 26:21 ) .
Uzziah died in isolation - cut off from any blessing from God !
When this once -great man died, amounts have gathered around him. His death would have been an honor to God's name. Instead, he died an almost unknown man, his body eaten by leprosy . Uzziah missed his destiny

Pastor John Hagee and all other gjengiftede as a Christian and still are preachers of our time King Uzziah was a leper !

God's word is very clear, all of which are gjengiftede that believers should not be pastors or apostles as John Hagee and many, many others. Had they sat on the last bench and been like him we read in Luke 18 gospel should I set the time , then it would be a matter between him and God.

Luke 18 9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous , and despised others : 10 Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed : God ! I thank thee that I am not as other men are, extortioners , unjust , adulterers , or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13 And the publican , standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God ! be merciful to me sinner ! 14 I tell you, this man went down justified to his house rather than the other : for every one exalts himself shall be abased, and he humbles himself shall be exalted .

But here one exalts himself both to the Apostles , Pastors , and I do not know what. Pride and arrogance is. They make themselves as inconspicuous and so innocent , if given flesh and willingness to enter into the new life , so they do whatever. False humility call this the bible , not for anything else.

King Uzziah was a leper

King Uzziah was a leper and these people are already lepers and will spread his leprosy wherever they come, therefore Scripture says that we can not even be pointed to with these .

1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written unto you , was that I should not have intercourse with any man that is called a brother and a fornicator, or covetous person or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or robber, so I do not even eat with him . < Br / >
We should in no way take part in their evil deed, if we do it we are complicit . At Emanuel Minos and many others support the lepers people who are spiritually wolves in sheep's clothing, I think that's bad! Yeah directly sickening and disgusting .

What is the solution ?

The solution is simple. Distances you from those who do not live like the word says . And stick to those who live and learn right. This is and remains the solution . We all need God's grace when we all fall short , but there are still rules in the word of God and the spiritual life with Jesus and the church that we must and will relate to.

Remarriage for preachers make them excluded to the service as Pastor and teacher

When we read the Pastoral letters that Paul teaches about this and other sites it is clear that gjengiftede preachers believers are unfit for duty. Just like King Uzziah was unfit to perform the service that the Levites would do, anyone who chooses to remarry after a divorce . This is not what I or you think , but spiritual truths and this is also a spiritual law . Allows we gjengiftede preachers, so we just put the door wide open for Satan. Have we given his little finger as he also takes the whole hand , you bet !

Ezra fik all gjengiftede stand - it is the solution today also

Ezra 10 10 Ezra the priest stood up, and said unto them, Ye have transgressed , and have taken strange wives , and thus has increased in Israel. 11 therefore make confession unto the LORD God of your fathers , and do his will! Separate yourselves from the peoples of the land and from the foreign women! 12 Then answered all the people , saying with a loud voice , As thou hast said , so must we do. 13 But the people are many , and it is now the rainy season so we are not able to stand out here and this is a work that can not be done in a day or two , for there are many of us who have sinned in this case. 14 Therefore let our princes stand before all the people, and let all those in our cities who have taken strange wives, to meet at stated times with the elders and judges of each town , until we have turned our God's wrath away from us, and this case is settled . 15 Only Jonathan son of Asahel and Jahseja , Tikva son , sat down in front of this , and Meshullam and Shabbethai the Levite helped them. 16 The exiles did as mentioned above were , and the priest Ezra and his men who were heads of their families, and all of which were mentioned by name, and they came together on the first day of the tenth month to examine the matter , 17 and they were done with all the men that had taken strange wives by the first day of the first month. 18 Among the priests the sons of the man who had taken strange wives : it was, of Joshua , son of Jozadak and his brothers : Maaseiah , Eliezer, Jarib and Gedaliah 19 they gave their hands that they would put away their wives and sacrifice a ram from the flock as a guilt offering for the sake they had incurred by him .

Notice the wording of verse 19 : "For the sake they had incurred by him ."
The debts they had incurred by themselves , that's exactly what Pastor John Hagee has done and all others who are separated as a believer and then afterwards as a believer married. They incur guilt yourself and anyone else who gets in their vicinity and standing with them in any way . They apply themselves of guilt and being involved with them in their evil deed, as it is by what God's Word teaches . Getting married after a breakup, it is ruling out if you wish and will be a Pastor, Apostle , Prophet , or indeed a trusted servant of the Lord or the servant .

James 3 1 My brothers ! not many of you become teachers , seeing ye know that we will also heavier judgment
2 Joh . b 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house , and bid him not welcome! 11 for the bidding him welcome, being an accomplice with him in his evil deeds.
Luke 16 18 Whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery , and whoever marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery .
1 Cor. 7 10 The married I command , yet not I, but the Lord , that a wife should not separate herself from her husband ; 11 but divorced him when she abide, being unmarried or be reconciled herself with her ​​husband - and that a man shall put away his wife.
1 Tim . 5 8 But if any provide not for his own, and most of his household , he has denied the faith and is worse than an infidel.
Eph. 5 28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself .

Final Comment:

Actually it's very simple, never give ear or something with divorced and re- married Christians. And there are preachers , cloud them when they bring spiritual power over your life that takes away God's protection and God's authority over your life .

For a Christian is only death that opens up a new marriage !

Christians have listened for many years to the preaching of John Hagee, senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. Hagee attended Trinity University on a football scholarship, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree before earning his master's at North Texas State University. He also studied at Southwestern Bible College and was granted an honorary doctorate from Oral Roberts University. Hagee's ministerial activities began in 1958 as an evangelist. In 1966 he went to San Antonio to become the founding pastor of what eventually became Trinity Church. After resigning his pastorate of Trinity in May 1975, Hagee took the helm of the 25-member Church of Castle Hill in San Antonio. That church — rebuilt to seat 5,000 and dedicated in October 1987 as Cornerstone Church — now has an active membership of over 13,000. Through his writings (books, booklets, and articles in his bimonthly John Hagee Ministries magazine), taped messages, and daily appearances on his Global Evangelism Television broadcasts (Cornerstone and John Hagee Today) aired by the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and other media outlets, Hagee has gained broad visibility and influence among evangelicals. A number of people consider Hagee's teachings to be thoroughly biblical. We would disagree with Hagee, however, on the following points. Preaching Prosperity John Hagee believes that all Christians should be financially prosperous so long as they continue to walk in obedience to God's ordinances. Although he does not subscribe to every doctrine common to the so-called Faith movement, he does agree with the movement's view that "poverty is caused by sin and disobeying the Word of God."1 Hagee, like most other prosperity preachers, believes that "poverty is a curse."2 Christians achieve prosperity through giving, asserts Hagee. "When you give to God, He controls your income. There's no such thing as a fixed income in the Kingdom of God. Your income is controlled by your giving."3 According to Hagee, Christians grow prosperous through giving because "God created a universe where it is impossible to receive without giving. Everything that God controls, gives. . . . Givers gain. You do not qualify for God's abundance until you give."4 Turning to the Bible, however, one finds a number of passages that run contrary to Hagee's teachings concerning prosperity. Jesus Himself said, "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. . . . But woe to you who are rich . . ." (Luke 6:20, 24 NASB). James underscores this point when he asked, ". . . did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?" (James 2:5). James later follows with stern words to the rich (5:1-6; cf. Mark 10:25). This is not to say that Christians should consider wealth as something inherently evil. The Bible simply tells us that material wealth is not the measuring stick for righteousness or God's blessing; its proper value lies in the purpose for which it is used. This is precisely why Paul gave the following exhortation to Timothy: "Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed" (1 Tim. 6:17-19). The power of wealth, however, is such that it can lead people into idolatry. Some, for instance, may become so caught up in matters of finances and wealth that they neglect or completely forget about their duties and responsibilities to God. God, for some of these individuals, may begin to fade out of the picture altogether, being replaced by crass materialism. Rather than grounding their primary concerns on the eternal, they instead devote their lives to that which perishes (John 6:27; Matt. 6:19-21).5 Promoting Positive Confession Along with the prosperity message, Hagee accepts and promotes the doctrine of positive confession — a foundational teaching of the Faith movement which maintains that Christians can speak (i.e., positively confess) physical realities into existence as long as the believer exercises enough faith to accompany his or her verbal confession. "There is a relationship between your soul and physical and financial prosperity," declares Hagee. "'This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth' [quoting Josh. 1:8 KJV]. That's the spoken Word of God. 'And then thou shalt prosper and have good success.' When? After you speak and act upon the Word of God. And you've been hearing that tonight out of the mouth of [well-known Faith teacher] John Avanzini."6 Like his teachings on prosperity, Hagee's reiteration of the Faith movement's doctrine of positive confession runs contrary to the teachings of Scripture. Nothing confessed by believers in faith — verbally or otherwise — automatically comes to pass. Only God has the power to create as He wills (Gen. 1:1). Christians are certainly instructed to pray to God for their requests (Matt. 6:8-13; 21:22). Ultimately, however, all such requests are subject to God's sovereign will; whichever ones come to pass only do so as a direct result of God's will and not the will of the believer (1 John 5:14).7 Salvation Without Conversion? Hagee is recognized as a fierce foe of anti-Semitism. An outspoken supporter of the Jewish people, Judaism, and the nation Israel, he has been given the "Humanitarian of the Year" award by the San Antonio B'nai B'rith Council. Hagee has also been bestowed the "ZOA Israel Service Award" by the Zionist Organization in Dallas and honored with the "Henrietta Szold Award" by the Texas Southern Region of Hadassah.8 While his bold stance against anti-Semitism is certainly praiseworthy, Hagee's zealousness for the Jewish people and their cause has led him to commit a most serious doctrinal error — salvation for the Jews without conversion to Christianity. One newspaper account puts it this way: Trying to convert Jews is a "waste of time," he [Hagee] said. . . . Everyone else, whether Buddhist or Baha'i, needs to believe in Jesus, he says. But not Jews. Jews already have a covenant with God that has never been replaced with Christianity, he says. Added comment by David J. Stewart, webservant of Jesus-is-Savior.com... John Hagee is a false prophet, working for the New World Order gang. Hagee teaches a heresy known as "Zionism." Religious Zionism teaches that God has a separate covenant with Israel and another for the Gentile Church. This is unbiblical and is sometimes called a "Dual Covenant." Hagee stated to the Houston Chronicle that he believes Jews have a special covenant with God and do not need to come to the cross for salvation. According to Hagee Jews don't need to be born-again. Mr. Hagee told the Texas newspaper: "I believe that every Jewish person who lives in the light of the Torah, which is the word of God, has a relationship with God and will come to redemption" (Houston Chronicle, April 30, 1988). The Houston Chronicle newspaper then quoted Hagee's own shocking words... "I'm not trying to convert the Jewish people to the Christian faith... In fact, trying to convert Jews is a waste of time. Jews already have a covenant with God and that has never been replaced by Christianity." (Houston Chronicle, April 30, 1988, sec, 6, pg. 1). I love Jewish people, but they will burn in Hell as quick as any Gentile who rejects Jesus as their Christ. END "The Jewish people have a relationship to God through the law of God as given through Moses," Hagee said. "I believe that every Gentile person can only come to God through the cross of Christ. I believe that every Jewish person who lives in the light of the Torah, which is the word of God, has a relationship with God and will come to redemption. "The law of Moses is sufficient enough to bring a person into the knowledge of God until God gives him a greater revelation. And God has not," said Hagee . . .9 "There are right now Jewish people on this earth who have a powerful and special relationship with God," declares Hagee in one of his books. "They have been chosen by the 'election of grace' in which God does what he does without asking man to approve or understand it. Let us put an end to the Christian chatter that "all the Jews are lost" and can't be in the will of God until they convert to Christianity! . . . there are a certain number of Jews in relationship with God right now through divine election." 10 Hagee also affirms: "If God blinded the Jewish people to the identity of Jesus as Messiah, how could He send them to hell for not seeing what he had forbidden them to see?"11 He continues, "All people will gain entrance into heaven through Christ. The question is one of timing." 12 Such rhetoric raises some thorny questions. When Hagee says "all people will gain entrance into heaven through Christ," he is either advocating universalism (literally all people — Jewish and Gentile — will be saved), or he believes that all Jews will be saved. In either case, both positions are in serious error, but the latter is more consistent with his other statements. The "timing" of the salvation of the entire Jewish nation is actually irrelevant to Hagee's argument since he advocates that it is a waste of time attempting to convert them. At best, then, Hagee implies that even if they are not currently saved, God will save all Jewish keepers of the Law — past, present, and future — at some future point. The Bible paints a different picture. The apostle Paul demonstrates that Israel had a responsibility to respond to the Gospel, but rejected it. In Romans 10:19-21, he asks, "Did they [the Jews] fail to hear?" The rhetorical answer is "no." Paul relates that, as light and darkness are understood by all, so the gospel has been made known to all the Jews (cf. Acts 17:6; 21:28). He continues, "Did they fail to understand?" The answer once again is "no." Since Israel has become disobedient through unbelief (Rom. 11:30), God has delivered the gospel to the Gentiles.13 But God has not entirely rejected Israel — Paul (himself a Jew) is living proof of this (Rom. 11:1). God has preserved a remnant, while the others were hardened as a consequence of their unbelief and trusting in works instead of the righteousness of Christ (Rom. 11:5-7; cf. 9:31-32; 11:20-23). Elsewhere the apostle writes, ". . . by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His [God's] sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin. . . . for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus" (Rom. 3:20, 23-24, emphasis added). To drive the point home, Paul goes on to say, ". . . the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if those who are of the Law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise nullified; . . . it is by faith, that it might be in accordance with grace" (Rom. 4:13- 14, 16). Scripture draws no distinction between Jews and Gentiles on the issue of salvation, which is attained by grace through faith alone in Christ, "apart from works of the law" (3:28; cf. vv. 21-22). Paul recognized that the Jews of his day had a misguided zeal that caused them to stumble on this very point (9:31-32; 10:2-4). Why would he suffer great anguish and wish he were accursed for Israel's sake if none of them were truly lost? His anguish comes from the realization that many Israelites are not saved (Rom. 9:3, 6, 27; 10:1, 9-15; cf. Acts 2:14, 21, 37-39; Rom. 11:14, 17-23). The Law, revealed through the Jews, was meant to be "our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor" (Gal. 3:24-25). As the Bible clearly states: "There is neither Jew nor Greek . . . for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise" (vv. 28-29). To be saved, a person — whether Jew or Gentile — must turn to Christ (5:4-6; cf. John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Rom. 10:9-13) who is "the end of the law for righteousness for everyone who believes" (Rom. 10:4). In writing that the "message of the gospel was from Israel, not to Israel,"14 Hagee discourages Christians from sharing the Good News with unsaved Jews who, like everyone else, have need of the gospel if they are to spend eternity with God in heaven. The Reluctant Messiah In Hagee's theology, the Jews can hardly be faulted for not flocking to Christianity since it was supposedly Jesus who declined their request for Him to be their Messiah. "The [Jewish] people wanted Him to be their Messiah, but He absolutely refused," writes Hagee. "The Jews were not rejecting Jesus as Messiah, it was Jesus who was refusing to be the Messiah to the Jews!"15 Suffice it to say, Jesus' explicit claim to be the Messiah (or Christ) during His trial before the Sanhedrin, the supreme Jewish tribunal (Matt. 26:64), flatly contradicts Hagee's assertion. In that same passage, Jesus called Himself the "Son of Man," an unmistakable reference to the Book of Daniel (7:13) which alludes to the Messiah. Jesus also applied the same title to Himself in revealing His identity to "a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council" (John 3:1, 14-15), as well as to the crowd who questioned His authority to forgive sins (Mark 2:10). Furthermore, in response to Jesus' question, "Who do you say I am?" (Matt. 16:15), Peter answered, "You are the Christ [Messiah]" (v. 16). Surely, had the Jewish apostle been wrong, Jesus would have corrected him at that moment; instead, Peter received the Lord's blessing (v. 17).16 Jesus, however, instructed Peter, along with several others, not to reveal His messianic identity until due time (v. 20). He did so to avoid the prevalent misconceptions about the title, which had by then become largely understood in political terms17 — something wholly inappropriate for Jesus' mission at that time — though Jesus did, on occasion, give public indications of His messiahship (cf. Luke 4:17-21; 20:41-44). Indeed, Hagee's view is made especially ironic by the fact that Jesus Himself said, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel" (Matt. 15:24). Scripture clearly teaches that Jesus' own people rejected Him, and not the other way around (John 1:11; Mark 12:1-12). Judging Alternative Viewpoints as Anti-Semitic Hagee's personal view regarding the Jewish people has led him to render harsh and inaccurate statements about individuals who differ with him on Israel's relationship with the church. Those who believe the church is now the true Israel are, in his opinion, guilty of spreading the message of anti-Semitism.18 And along with amillennialism — "the view that when Christ returns, eternity begins with no prior thousand-year (millennial) reign on earth"19 — it is condemned as "ancient Godless heresy that is again raging through the Church masquerading as truth."20 Whether Hagee realizes it or not, a number of orthodox Christian denominations (especially in the Reformed and Presbyterian traditions) espouse the very view he caricatures and condemns. The view that there has always been and will only be one people of God (namely, Israel) and that the church comprises that faction of humanity (the new Israel, made up of both Jews and non-Jews) is a feature of what is commonly known as Covenant theology — a theological framework long recognized as biblical and in no way anti-Semitic.21 According to Hagee, this purported "heresy" goes by various names, including "Kingdom Now, Kingdom Age, New Wave and New Age."22 He declares, however, that such "Replacement theology" (so-called by Hagee because of its view that the church is the new Israel or spiritual Israel — though Hagee did not originate the term) is in reality an "old heresy"23 and "idolatry."24 He also claims that so-called "Replacement theologians are now carrying Hitler's anointing and his message."25 Judging from the quotes and references he cites, Hagee seems to have based his idea of "Replacement theology" primarily on the teachings of Earl Paulk, the premiere advocate of Kingdom theology.26 While Paulk can be criticized for any number of unbiblical elements comprising Kingdom Theology (including positive confession, the "fivefold ministry," and the "Manifest Sons of God" doctrine),27 Hagee all but limits his attack on Paulk's view that the church is spiritual Israel — a view that is, in fact, orthodox. Paul states, ". . . they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel" (Rom. 9:6). Going on, he clarifies that ". . . it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants" (v. 8). Paul explains that ". . . he is not a Jew who is one outwardly; neither is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God" (2:28-29; cf. Phil. 3:3). Clearly, then, believers in the One true God are, at least in a spiritual sense, identified with Israel — as God's chosen people. "Therefore," as Paul so aptly puts it, "be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham" (Gal. 3:7; cf. vv. 26-29; 6:15-16).28 Conversely, Judaizers — those who rejected justification by faith by their insistence that adherence to Jewish laws and practices is, at least in part, necessary for salvation — are called the "synagogue of Satan" (Rev. 2:9; 3:9). "Is it important to be right on the Israel question?" asks Hagee. "When you consider that being wrong brings you under the curse of God and headed for eternal, everlasting fire with the devil and his angels . . . it's important! Israel is not a 'take it or leave it' subject. It is a life and death matter . . . eternal life!"29 It is indeed unfortunate that Hagee would think one's personal view of Israel can radically affect an individual's eternal destiny. Nowhere does Scripture state that salvation hinges upon a person's perspective of the new Israel. Hagee has no biblical basis for his denouncement. By making such unwarranted statements, Hagee winds up condemning many erstwhile believers, theologians, and defenders of the faith — both past and present. Though many may claim Hagee's preaching is helping to spread the Word of God and building a bridge of unity between the Christian and Jewish communities, the fact remains that his message contains elements which lie in direct and serious opposition to biblical truth. NOTES 1John Hagee, Praise-A-Thon broadcast, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), 16 April 1993. 2John Hagee, Praise-A-Thon broadcast, TBN, 4 November 1992. 3Ibid. 4Hagee, Praise-A-Thon broadcast, 16 April 1993. 5For extended critiques of the so-called "prosperity gospel," see Hank Hanegraaff, Christianity in Crisis (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 1993), 181-231; and D. R. McConnell, A Different Gospel (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1988), 170-83. 6Hagee, Praise-A-Thon broadcast, 4 November 1992. Avanzini, a leading figure in the Faith movement, focuses much of his message around the theme of financial prosperity. He teaches, among other things, that Jesus was a wealthy individual who "wore designer clothes" and "had a nice house, a big house," while the apostle Paul "had the kind of money that people . . . would block up justice to try to get a bribe out of old Paul" (John Avanzini, Believer's Voice of Victory program, TBN, 20 January 1991). 7Detailed discussions can be found in Hanegraaff, Christianity in Crisis, 61-102, 285-90; and McConnell, A Different Gospel, 134-47. 8John Hagee, Should Christians Support Israel? (San Antonio, TX: Dominion Publishers, 1987), [174-75]. 9Julia Duin, "San Antonio Fundamentalist Battles Anti-Semitism," The Houston Chronicle, 30 April 1988, 1. 10Hagee, Should Christians Support Israel?, 124-25, 127 (emphasis in original). 11John Hagee, personal faxed correspondence to CRI, 18 October 1994, 3. 12Ibid., 6. 13To cement the use of the rhetorical "no," these verses are supported by the Greek negative particle me. Whenever the me particle is used in an interrogative sentence, the response is negative (cf. 1 Cor. 9:8-10; 11:22; 14:29-30; Rom. 11:1). Had a "yes" — rather than a "no" — response been intended, the Greek particle ou — instead of me — would have appeared (cf. Rom. 9:21). For documentation, see A. T. Robertson, A Grammar Of The Greek New Testament In Light Of Historical Research (Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1934),1173-74; and A. T. Robertson & W. Hersey Davis, A New Short Grammar Of The Greek Testament, 10th ed. (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1977), 390. 14Hagee, Should Christians Support Israel?, 61 (emphasis in original). 15Ibid., 67-68 passim; cf. 69, 72. 16For further discussions on the messianic identity of Jesus, see Robert L. Reymond, Jesus, Divine Messiah (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 1990); and Alfred Edersheim, The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1976 [orig. 1886]). 17See, for example, Leon Morris, The Gospel According to Matthew (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co./Inter-Varsity Press, 1992), 427; R. C. H. Lenski, The Interpretation of St. Matthew's Gospel (Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Publishing House, 1964), 632-33; and D. A. Carson, The Expositor's Bible Commentary, ed. by Frank E. Gaebelein and J. D. Douglas, 12 vols. (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1984), 8:374-75. 18Hagee, Should Christians Support Israel?, 1. 19Robert Lightner, The Last Days Handbook (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1990), 22. Quoted in Lightner's book is amillennialist J. G. Voss, who defines the amillennial position as follows: "Amillennialism is that view of the last things which holds the Bible does not predict a 'millennium' or period of world-wide peace and righteousness on this earth before the end of the world. At the second coming of Christ, the resurrection and judgment will take place, followed by the eternal order of things — the absolute, perfect kingdom of God, in which there will be no sin, suffering, nor death" (72). For presentations and critiques of the various options regarding the millennium by theologians who take different sides on the issue, see Robert G. Clouse, ed. The Meaning of the Millennium: Four Views (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1977). 20Hagee, Should Christians Support Israel?, 1. 21For an exposition of this particular view, see Edmund P. Clowney, "The New Israel," A Guide to Biblical Prophecy (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1989), 207-20. Paul E. Leonard presents the opposite point of view in the article following Clowney's, titled "Two Peoples of God" (221-30), though he does not classify the former as anti-semitic. For a detailed treatment of Covenant theology, see O. Palmer Robertson, The Christ of the Covenants (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1980). 22Hagee, Should Christians Support Israel?, 1. 23Ibid., 74. Hagee quotes Ignatius of Antioch (c. A.D. 30-107) as a teacher of this "old heresy." Ironically, Ignatius was one of the earliest defenders of orthodoxy noted for his forceful responses against false teachings. He supported apostolic authority and became the bishop of Antioch, one of the leading churches in the first century (cf. Acts 11:19-29; 13:1-3). His view that the church was the new Israel would thus have been a teaching passed on to him by the apostles. Ignatius's writings are reprinted and translated in J. B. Lightfoot and J. R. Harner, eds. The Apostolic Fathers (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1984), 97-162; and Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson, eds. The Ante- Nicene Fathers, 10 vols. (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1985), 1:45-131. 24Hagee, Should Christians Support Israel?, 86. 25Ibid., 132. 26Ibid., 1, 59, 76-77, 105. 27A reprint of the two-part Christian Research Journal article,"The Gospel According to Paulk: A Critique of 'Kingdom Theology,'" is available through CRI (order part #DK-150). 28Commenting on Galatians 6:16, Bible scholar Alan Cole writes: "This would identify the new group, the 'third race of men' of whom the Church fathers delighted to talk — neither Jew nor Gentile, but Christian — with God's Israel. This is often put bluntly as 'the Church is the new Israel'" (The Epistle of Paul to the Galatians [Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1965], 183). Cf. Herman N. Ridderbos, The Epistle of Paul to the Churches of Galatia (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1953), 227; and R. C. H. Lenski, The Interpretation of St. Paul's Epistle to the Galatians, to the Ephesians and to the Philippians (Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Publishing House, 1961), 321. 29Hagee, Should Christians Support Israel?, 169.

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