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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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16 Responses to “John Hagee”

  1. The 3 articles on John Hagee were well done and relied on facts rather than name calling. His statements supporting a "Dual Covenant" theology were also reported in the Dallas newspapers.

  2. Paradigm says:

    Unfortunately, John Hagee's ministry is tainted by the desire for the second coming through fulfillment of a certain reading of prophesy which sees Israel as the scene of a cosmic battle which leads to the second coming. An attitude which discourages peace and encourages confrontation grows out of this vision.


  3. Douglas J. Bender says:


    "An attitude which discourages peace and encourages confrontation grows out of this vision."

    It does? Do you suppose that Christians who believe in that "certain reading of prophe[c]y" would think that encouraging evil and confrontation are actions that God would approve? Do you really think that such Christians believe they should be involved in helping to foment Armageddon, rather than spreading the Gospel and warning people of the "signs of the times"? What's your justification the claim you made, the claim I quoted above? As I see, there is none. (Note that this is not intended as blanket support for Hagee, as I don't know all that much about him or his ministry or ministries.)

    In Christ,


  4. Douglas J. Bender says:

    To the moderators:

    Please insert "for" between "justification" and "the" in "What's your justification the claim you made,...". And also "it" after "see" but before the comma in "As I see, there is none." Sorry.


  5. Yeshua Lover says:

    Well alot of christians are yearning for the second coming of Christ and if you knew your BIble better, it does involve a conflict over Israel. We don't know what God has for the Jew as far as salvation but I DO know it says ALL Israel shall be saved. What that means is yet to be seen. Paradigm, there will NEVER be Peace until Jesus comes back. Christians don't encourage conflict. Conflict comes regardless because we live in a fallen world. But we are commanded to Pray for Israel. It says you will be blessed if you Bless Her. That is what Hagee does.

  6. D McConnell says:

    I love to listen to John Hagee when not attending church due to whatever the excuse. I had read the Bible and studied it for a year and 1/2 but really I am not a novice schlor by far. I have had a strong background in my youth via my mother in church services and bible school. I know lately I need to get back into reading daily and keeping my mind sharpened on His word for it is vast and could not be completely understood in this lifetime. A relative in-law, who I am fond of is getting over the age of 65+ and was and possibly still is a Jehovah's Witness by ex-wife's influence only - not life since childhood. He's is of an Italian decendent with strong verbal views. He is suddenly confusing my family member as well as himself regarding 'Hell' - if there is one?!? He says! He's reading stuff from J.Ray Smith (I read about him-I think he subsribed to 'Reader's Digest' for the vocabulary section???) And, I am trying to ease his mind off of 'Hell' in which there is a place(that I feel punishes one in the ways they lived and treated others on earth in several different levels - same as there are several degrees of honors in 'Heaven') but I am trying to help him to grasp the rewards of 'Heaven' and focus toward this. Don't want to give up on him, but don't want to argue about it either. ??? Any suggestions? Tks, S

  7. D McConnell says:

    Oh excuse me! I read the previous e-mail and I'm sorry I have responsed with a personal situation.

    Regarding the above Paradigm, yes, John Hagee and every other pastor should focus on the second coming for it is then we should be ready at a twinkling of an eye for the Rapature (I am sorry so many are tried of waiting, but earth is a blessing to us, just as well as 'Heaven'). And if those oppose, I feel you should stay close because you never know when it will happen and when you least expect it, for when you turn your back is the instant is may happen. Stand watch! Be ready! And stop complaining and Bellyaching, the Lord is sick of that! And, don't worry about the military happenings today (but pray for them) for it will come to an end and the Jews will Succeed above all military conflicts.
    They are 'God's' choosen people and the rest of us should appreciate by the rejection of some Jews, Jesus has given us 'by grace'to be included in His Salvation...that wasn't the original plan so appreciate the 'Word', for it will come!

  8. dave says:

    mmmm there is only one convenant not two. The gospel message is jewish not gentile. no one reads their bible. we are to look for the second coming.God will save 1/3 third of israel in the last days.Do your homework......Jesus spoke of his return and the signs. Israel and the church are two different things but they must come to beleiving in the gospel.

  9. pastor george says:

    may the Lord bless and keep you, well i am sorry to say that this site is right about john hagee. i trully used to enjoy hearing him preach but it is a false gospel. people need to become more literate in the WORD OF GOD.there are some things he preaches that are right on with the word then there are things that are not, but those of you that read the BIBLE know that one of the biggest deceptions of that old serpent is to mix truth with lies. GOD bless you and stay in the faith.

  10. cesar umali says:

    what ilike about john hagee is his passion for the evangelization of the gospel of Jesus Christ andhis passion for Israel. God has blessed his ministry. Truly God's grace is at work here. Not by might not by power but by my Spirit saith the Lord. May the grace of God abound to the glory of His name. No other comments.

  11. oneal smith says:

    I think mr hagee is a good man and I listen to him everychance I get, but I think that he should not have appologized to the Catholics for saying that they are the "mother of Harlots". and also that comment about Louisanna in Hurricane Katrina. He was absolutely right in both cases. The Tsunami in India. The Cyclone in Mayanmar. All these things. The great earthquake in China. Believe me, These things are of God. People believe in God until it's questionable and then they'll jump all over you if you try to tell them the truth. Mr Hagee should have stood firm with his belief. If it cost him his ministry he should have stood "FIRM". oneal smith .

  12. Lostball says:

    People are confusing the present day "state of Israel" with the "Children of Israel"/Jacob. The two have little in common. Besides this, people do not understand that the "Kingdom of Israel" was divided into two houses after Solomon's disobedience to God. These two houses became known as the "House of Israel" and the "House of Judah". The "House of Israel" went into the Assyrian captivity and was never heard from again ... so most think today. Also the "House of Judah" went into the Babylonian captivity for 70 years under Nebuchednezzar and after his death Cyrus became the ruler of babylon. He allowed these Judahites/Jews to return to Jerusalem and to rebuild the temple. Cyrus even helped them with money and supplies. During these two captivities the House of Israel and the House of Judah intermingled with those whom they were living with. Now! before you give me a "yeah but!" let me take you back to Joseph when he became the Pharaoh's second in command in Egypt. He married the daughter of the priest of On .... which was an Egyptian. Remember, the Children of Israel were not to intermingle with other races. This was a "no-no" and a command from God.
    Genesis 41:45  And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnathpaaneah; and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On. And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt.
    Genesis 41:50  And unto Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On bare unto him.
    Genesis 46:20  And unto Joseph in the land of Egypt were born Manasseh and Ephraim, which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On bare unto him.

    Joseph had two sons of mixed race, namely Manasseh and Ephriam. They were not 'pure" Israelite".
    So what do you do with that my friends? God blessed these two boys as much as the rest of the Children of Israel, ie, the 12 sons of Jacob.
    The tribe of Levi had no inheritance with God because they were the "priestly tribe". So actually you now have 13 tribes.
    My point is that for one to say that there remains a "pure bloodline" of Israelites or Judahites/Jews today .... albeit, there are probably some in the world somewhere and they are only known to God, is next to very unlikely to nearly impossible.
    Jesus said He came to the "lost sheep of the House of Israel". He never mentioned the "House of Judah".
    There is so much more to this story so I would admonish you all to study the Word of God and learn who these people are. IMO, it is a waste of time supporting the present day "state of Israel" because they are NOT THE WHOLE HOUSE OF ISRAEL.
    Stop and ask yourself the question, where are these of Abraham whom God said He would make as the stars of heaven and the sands of the sea? There are only approximately 15 Million Jews/Judahites in the world today as opposed to a world population of over 6 BILLION. Something is wrong somewhere.
    Either God lied or we are supporting the wrong people. (and God does NOT lie).
    I welcome any comments and thank you for your time.

  13. I attended several churches in San Antonio including Hagee's former church and I can assure you that he preaches the only way of Salvation is through Jesus Christ. What you're confusing is the difference between national and personal salvation.

  14. I know that, one day,J. Hagee would like to repent, and I hope will be not to late.The truth Gospel means to love your enemy (Mt.5:44) not to send enybody to kill. Christ's sign is Love and Grace in the power of the Holy Spirit.

  15. IIIJohn13 says:

    There is only ONE covenant. Nobody has EVER been saved except by grace alone, through faith alone in the blood of the Lamb alone.
    Nobody was ever saved obeying the Law, (Hebrews 7:18-20).

    The Jew needs to be evangelized like anyone else who doesn't have Christ.
    The beauty is that the Jew coming to Christ is the fulfilment of God's plan...

    Romans 11:23-25
    23 And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.
    24 For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches , be grafted into their own olive tree?
    25 For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.

    Israel will not always reject their Messiah. (Zechariah 12:10, Ezekiel 37:8)
    Soon, when all the gentiles have come in, the Church will leave. (Romans 11:25 ) and then Israel will have it’s breath breathed into it (Ezekiel 37:9-12) and it’s eyes opened and be “grafted back in” (Romans 11:23-25 ) and once again become Israel (Romans 11:24).

    That’s what the Bible teaches anyway.
    The Church is not “Israel” (Galatians 3:28). Never has been and never will be.
    Israel is Israel and the Church is the Church. Jews saved from Calvary to the Rapture are members of the Church.
    During the Tribulation, (Matthew 24:21), Israel will be standing alive and breathing but it will STILL never be saved by obeying the Law. They will know their Messiah has their “Lamb Of Atonement”.

  16. Xtreme says:


    I suggest you study your Bible much closer. There is no longer Jew or Gentile because God has broken down the dividing wall and made of the two one new person. There are not two plans of redemption and two ways to receive salvation.

    Read Romans 11:17-24.
    1. What is the olive tree?
    2. Who are the branches that were broken off?
    3. Who are the branches that remain?
    4. What are the wild branches?
    5. Who are the wild branches grafted in?
    6. To what are the wild branches grafted into? (If the remaining branches are believing Israel, the TRUE Israelites according to Romans 2:28-29 and 9:6-8,...)
    7. Who are the natural branches grafted back in?
    Romans 9:6-8 – “not all who are descended from Israel (physical Israel) belong to Israel (true or spiritual Israel)”
    Romans 4:13-16 – all who believe, Jew or Gentile, are Abraham’s offspring
    Romans 2:(17-)28-29 – “he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, but he is a Jew who is one inwardly”
    Galatians 3:16, 27-29
    1. Abrahamic promises were made to Abraham and his seed (v.16).
    2. His seed is Christ (v.16).
    3. And his seed is all who belong to Christ (v.29).
    4. Therefore, the promises belong to Christ and to all who are His (v.29).
    Galatians 4:28 – all Christians, Jew or Gentile, are children of the promise
    Galatians 6:16 – church called “the Israel of God”
    Ephesians 2:11-19
    Gentile Christians were:
    1. separate from Christ
    2. excluded from the commonwealth of Israel
    3. strangers to the covenants of promise
    4. without hope
    5. without God in the world
    Gentile Christians are now:
    1. in Christ
    2. included in the commonwealth of Israel
    3. heirs of the covenants of promise
    4. with hope
    5. with God in the world
    Philippians 3:3 – “we are the real circumcision”
    1 Peter 2:4-10 (esp. 9-10)

    The TRUE Israel is the TRUE church and the TRUE church is the TRUE Israel.

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