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John Hagee is the founder and pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. The congregation counts over 17,000 people.
Hagee is the President and C.E.O. of John Hagee Ministries which telecasts his national radio and television ministry carried in America on 160 T.V. stations, 50 radio stations, eight networks and can be seen weekly in 99 million homes.
Hagee is also the founder of Christians United for Israel, "a national association through which every pro-Israel church, Para-church organization, ministry or individual in America can speak and act with one voice in support of Israel in matters related to Biblical issues."
Most people who see and hear the Rev. John C. Hagee are impressed. He is rotund, strident, authoritative (and could well pass for Rush Limbaugh’s older and more serious brother). His delivery alone gives the impression of one who really knows what he is talking about. However, careful evaluation of the teachings of Hagee, pastor at the San Antonio-based Cornerstone Church, reveals false teaching and a defective view of a basic and essential issue regarding salvation and the Gospel. Hagee preaches another way of salvation for the Jew, which is in direct violation of Paul’s warnings in Galatians 1:6-9.
This theological concept, which has many forms, is primarily referred to as the “Two Covenant” or “Dual Covenant” theory.
Hagee’s web site tells us that his “vision is for world evangelism. The burning passion of his heart is to win the lost to Jesus Christ in America and around the world.” That statement is not altogether true since he will not evangelize Jews and teaches salvation on another basis than the Gospel for the Jewish people.
Hagee has become extremely popular since the 1987 dedication of his Cornerstone Church (an event that featured an appearance and a blessing from W.A. Criswell, then pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas) and because of the daily programs from Global Evangelism Television of which he is president. His best-selling books have also made him a celebrity. He associates with the likes of Benny Hinn and appears with him from time to time at crusades and other Charismatic congresses.
The Christian Research Institute panned Hagee’s 1996 book, Beginning of the End, not only for its premise that Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination triggered prophetic events and set the prophetic clock ticking somehow but because he falsely predicted that Shimon Peres would succeed Rabin. The later elections brought Benyamin Netanyahu to power.
- Source: The Other Gospel of John Hagee: Christian Zionism and Ethnic Salvation, by G. Richard Fisher, PFO
Pastor John Hagee built a tiny congregation into a megachurch, attracting a nationwide audience through his international radio and television ministry.
His Cornerstone Church boasts a 5,000-seat sanctuary, the largest in the city, and weekly worship attendance estimated at 7,000. Many who have followed him on TV have come from around the country to worship in his church.
Hagee is known for his powerful, pulpit-rattling preaching, which covers the range from fire-breathing denunciation of sin to side-splitting laughter.
His national prominence has brought him into the company of such conservative Christian personalities as Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Oliver North and Oral Roberts.
But even more striking is Hagee's staunch support of Israel and of Jewish causes, which is virtually unmatched in the Christian community. He launched his annual Night to Honor Israel, which highlights Christianity's debt to Judaism, in 1981 and has raised millions of dollars to help Jewish refugees from the former Soviet Union emigrate to Israel.
- Source: Focus: John Hagee, San Antonio Epress, Mar. 25, 2000
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