Thursday, July 17, 2008
WHAT’S UP WITH HAGEE?
Before I begin this blog entry please take a look at the video.
Now realize I am very liberal and try not to judge others… but sometimes I become discouraged when I myself live a simple life refusing to sell products or ask for donations…
…YET I see people like the Popular (and wealthy) television evangelist JOHN HAGEE who seems to have no problem selling his books to and accepting donations from others who often live well below his economic position.
(Also note that he and I have differences since Hagee readily admits being a “Christian ZionIST” ..see previous posts re: Zionism)
After researching his beliefs and programs it would be very easy to slam him.. But rather than do that please allow me to show you something and I will let you decide on your own what to think.
In his book In Defense of Israel (2007), beginning in the section called "The Jews did not Reject Jesus as Messiah" (p. 132) John Hagee attempts to prove that Jesus Christ did not come "to be Messiah to the Jews." His denial of Jesus as the Christ (Messiah) cannot be overlooked as a mere "slip of his pen" because he repeated his assertion "seven ways from Sunday" as seen in this sample of seven quotes from his book:
If God intended for 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? (p. 137)
Jesus refused to produce a sign ... because it was not the Father's will, nor his, to be Messiah. (p 138)
If Jesus wanted to be Messiah, why did he repeatedly tell his disciples and followers to "tell no one" about his supernatural accomplishments? (p. 139)
The Jews were not rejecting Jesus as Messiah; it was Jesus who was refusing to be the Messiah to the Jews. (p. 140)
They wanted him to be their Messiah, but he flatly refused. (p. 141)
He refused to be their Messiah, choosing instead to be the Savior of the world (p. 143)
Jesus rejected to the last detail the role of Messiah in word or deed. (p. 145)
YET… In his official Web-Site HAGEE’s very first statement in the section on “BELIEFS” it reads THUS:
The Lord Jesus Christ
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ as the only begotten Son of God. We believe in His substitutionary death for all men, His resurrection, and His eventual return to judge the world.
Um?.. Is it just me or is there a real problem here?
Should this man live in a huge mansion, have a yearly income of over $1MIL and have an extensive impact on so many followers when he cannot seem to keep his testimony consistent (or could there be a rational explanation?) ???
I am curious what other people think of this.
I am not looking for anyone to become hateful or begin preaching here why their view is correct and Hagee’s is not.. What I wish to know is should we trust someone who obviously does not maintain a consistent testimony (or is it inconsistent?).
If anyone who reads this supports Hagee I am interested in how one might resolve what appears to me to be a rather blatant discrepancy.
I frankly do not care which side he takes because all men are free to believe whatever they wish and others are free to follow them.. But I sure wish he would take a real position because “double-mindedness” bothers me more than either view and if nothing else Double-mindedness is condemned more harshly than most other biblical sins.
So, debate and discuss and I shall be very interested to hear educated comments.. Again do not speak anything you do not provide support for and please resist all temptation to attack Hagee personally.. All unverifiable or overtly hateful comments will be removed.
BE LOVE & BE LOVED!