Hagee Heresy

Due to the seriousness of this topic, arising out of the release of Pastor John Hagge’s book, In Defense of Israel, I have decided to write this blog sooner than the others stated in my Blog Topic list, which was outlined in my first blog.

I suppose that this blog can quite appropriately fit into the “End Times Warning & False Teachers Infiltrating Mainstream Christianity” topic heading, which I will expand upon in future blogs.

I view this claim by John Hagee that, “Christ did not come to be the Messiah”, as a major indication that Mainstream Christianity has been successfully infiltrated by those in the employ of Satan. These wolves in sheep’s clothing have been placed throughout the Church leadership and TBN has been instrumental in putting forth leaders who’s fruits are very questionable to say the least.

Pastor Hagee’s book is riddled with falsehoods, misrepresentations of Biblical Scriptures, and outright lies! We will examine many here. Let us start with his claim that Christ did not come to be the Messiah.

Let us first look at What the word “Messiah” means.  

Messias= Greek from Hebrew or Messias, “Christ” Christos meaning anointed, the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus (From Webster-New Collegiate Dictionary 1973=) Epithet: 1. A characterizing word or phrase accompanying or occurring in place of a person or thing.

Pastor Hagee says on page 136 that Moses was the Messiah of the Jews. He defines “Messiah” on page 137 as “God’s anointed leader”. Messiah is translated and equated in True Christianity as meaning, “Savior”(Hebrew), “Son of God”, “Christ”, and “Anointed One”. Yet Hagee claims that Moses was the Messiah!

He goes on to say in paragraph 5, page 137, that, “If God intended Jesus to be the Messiah of Israel, why didn’t he authorize Jesus to use supernatural signs to prove he was God’s Messiah, just as Moses had done?” Now, I ask, how can a seasoned preacher not know that the New Testament is full of stories about Christ performing miracles? To deny this and for True Christians to not question this claim is beyond all reason!!

Now Pastor Hagee likes to group things together in a broad brush stroke much reminiscent to Satan’s temptation methods used on Eve and during the temptation of Christ. Here is just one example. He claims on page 137 that when the “Jews” asked Jesus for a supernatural sign that “he was indeed the Messiah”, He refused and said that they would only get the sign of Jonah. This pastor Hagee claims is proof that Christ did not come to be the Messiah. YET, the scripture says in Matthew 12:39-40, quoted by Hagee that it was the Scribes and Pharisees that asked for a sign-not the people or Jews as a people. Of course these leaders were Jews but it is clear that Jesus was responding directly to the Scribes and Pharisees in this instance. Therefore, here again Hagee twists this into Christ not showing ANY supernatural signs to the Jewish people! As if all the other signs-even those in the same chapter (see verses 9-13), were NOT supernatural signs!

I suppose Pastor Hagee is used to an audience that has been dumbed-down and that doesn’t read the Bible for themselves. Because his book fails on so many counts that it would take ME a book to refute it all. Of course MY book would be full of evidence and scripture, quoted in context! The whole first few chapters of his book makes claims without any documented proof of his claims. Personally, I would look at anything that he writes with suspicion considering his claim that Christ is not the Messiah.

In his book, Hagee makes many over-generalizations. One of the main ideas of his book centers on the claim that Christians dislike Jewish people.  This might be a good time to bring up the whole “anti-Semitism” topic. There has long been a selective use of this term used as a one-sided charge, leveled against anyone who dares to critically examine the Zionist State of Israel or its policies, in ANY way.

It is a very effective subterfuge tool because, the use of this word is often calculated to invoke a high level of emotions and employed to stymie a rational stream of thought. Of course, the implication of the word is that anyone accused of it must also have agreed with Hitler’s evil campaign against the Jews (and many other non-Jews, often downplayed by those pointing the finger!), and therefore everything that they say must be inherently evil and wrong!

If we were to apply this loose and selective use of the word, “anti-Semitism” to the Old Testament, we would have to say that God, Himself, would be classified as an anti-Semite! After all didn’t He condemn, punish, and even exile Israel?

Now that we’ve brought the whole idea of Hagee’s claim that ‘Christians dislike Jews’, into the light of day, let’s look further at this major argument of his book. Let me just say outright that I do not dislike Jewish people, nor any other people for that matter. Hagee selects random events in history and claims that Christians supported these events and therefore they are all guilty of these crimes. In his chapter, entitled, “Sins of the Fathers”, he traces anti-Semitism back to, “the early days of the Christian church” (Page 17). He then goes on to admit that the label, “Christian Anti-Semite” is an oxymoron, in other words, two words that can’t logically go together. That doesn’t keep him from devoting two whole chapters of his book trying to label Christians as being anti-Semitic.

To get right to my point, I’ve yet to see this “major” problem of “Christian anti-Semitism” in my 45 years as a Christian. As a child, I was brought up to go to church every Sunday and have gone to many different types of Christian churches. Although, I’m sure that there are people who claim to be “Christian” that fall into this classification, a far bigger problem to be concerned with in mainstream Christianity is the problem of False Teachers infiltrating the church. The worst example can be seen in the Televangelist ilk.

Remember, in Matthew 7:20-24, where Christ warned about being fooled by false prophets? Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Here, Christ makes it quite clear that false prophets WILL infiltrate the church and therefore he gave us “The test of the fruits” as a way to discern these instruments of Satan from true followers of Christ! How could a true Christian deny Christ by saying that Christ did not come to be the Messiah? Another poignant part of the above scripture is seen in verses 21-23, whereas, people who believe and have pretended to be Christians are seen by Christ as not qualifying to “enter into the kingdom of heaven”.

Christians need to heed these words because Christ was careful to warn us about people of this type infiltrating and leading astray believers. These words of Christ need no interpretation-on the contrary-they are quite clear. Yet so many ignore the “Test of the Fruits” tool given to us by Jesus just for this purpose or are already too blinded by this disease of preacher worship to see the obvious!

[In my next blog, I will look more into the falsehoods contained in Hagee’s book, In Defense of Israel.]