Our Commitment to Israel
“We believe in the promise of Genesis 12:3 regarding the Jewish people and the nation of Israel. We believe that this is an eternal covenant between God and the seed of Abraham to which God is faithful.”
This statement was taken directly from John Hagee Ministries website on their Beliefs page. This is a very deceiving statement. Many people have supported John Hagee’s, Christians United For Israel foundation, myself included.
To understand John Hagee’s “Commitment to Israel” we must first understand Genesis 12:3. “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” We all know this scripture and as a Christian we hold this scripture close to our heart. It is the Abrahamic Covenant, an unconditional covenant from God to Abraham “and he believed in the Lord; and He (the Lord) counted it to him for Righteousness.” Genesis 15:6. In this statement we find justification by faith. It was by Grace through Faith that Abraham was saved, not his good works.
There are two Mediators to Abraham’s Covenant. The first mediator, Moses (Galatians 3:19), was the mediator to the Jew’s of the Abrahamic Covenant. Through the Mosaic Law, the Jewish people were shown what they were, sinners, and pointed to the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ. Every sacrifice of the Old Testament was a type and shadow of Jesus Christ but could only cover sin, not take it away. The Law was the schoolmaster to the Jews but could not give eternal life. It was their justification by faith (the Abrahamic Covenant) in the coming Messiah that brought them their salvation – not their bloodline but their faith.
Then came the Second Mediator, glory to God – His name is Jesus Christ and He is our Mediator. The Lord Jesus Christ is the One and only Mediator for both the Jews and Gentiles. It is our faith in Jesus that we are justified (justified by faith), which includes all Believers in to the Abrahamic Covenant. Believers are justified by faith in Jesus Christ and reconciled with God, the Father.
So now that we have a better understanding of the Abrahamic Covenant, let’s reevaluate Pastor Hagee’s statement and discern which Mediator he is preaching to the Jewish people. Note I said to the Jewish people. It is obvious his teachings to the “Gentiles” – Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. But it is his preaching, or the lack there of, to the Jewish people that is absolutely heart breaking to think about. While searching the JSM website for something, anything, to show he is preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Jewish people, I could find nothing – zilch, zero. However, I did find this disturbing video with Pastor Hagee denying Jesus as the Messiah for the Jews.
Pastor John Hagee does not preach the Gospel of Jesus to the Jewish people. He does not tell them they need Jesus for Salvation but instead the Mosaic Law. Furthermore, if you read closely on the Christians United For Israel website, the “Israel Pledge” reads as follows:
“We believe that the Jewish people have a right to live in their ancient land of Israel, and that the modern State of Israel is the fulfillment of this historic right.
We maintain that there is no excuse for acts of terrorism against Israel and that Israel has the same right as every other nation to defend her citizens from such violent attacks.
We pledge to stand with our brothers and sisters in Israel and to speak out on their behalf whenever and wherever necessary until the attacks stop and they are finally living in peace and security with their neighbors. ”
Now first off, every word in that statement is true – period. HOWEVER, how many of us have donated to CUFI under the impression Pastor Hagee was preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified to the Jewish people. This would greatly explain Pastor Hagee’s popularity in Israel.
Pastor Hagee is indeed blessing Israel with financial support regarding their land which would fulfill the obligations of Genesis 12:3 but in no way fulfills Mark 16:15, The Great Commission, “And He said unto them, God ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to everycreature.” Even worse however, is John Hagee has been deceived by the seducing spirits of Jewish mysticism and has now become one of the wolves in sheep’s clothing. On the JHM website, under “About Us” then “Support Israel”, Pastor Hagee states in item number 3 that “Jesus considered the Jewish people His family. Jesus said (Matthew 25:40) ‘Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren (the Jewish people… Gentiles were never called His brethren), ye have done it unto me.’ ” May I remind everyone of Mark 3:31-35, “There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling him. And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee. And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren? And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.” This is just the little bit I found on his website. What else do we not know?
As the Hebraic Movement begins to increase and I see Jewish Feasts and Festivals being observed. I wonder, are they too going to go down the path of John Hagee? I heard a Messianic Jew the other day refer to this dual covenant teaching as “sending them (orthodox Jews) to hell with a prayer shawl”. We all watch the news. We can see what is happening overseas. Israel is about to be in for the fight of her life. There will be and have been many Jewish people die who were not told the Gospel of Jesus. My prayer is for God’s continued protection over Israel and for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified to go forth, to the four corners of the world…and especially to Israel.
I usually never ask for anyone to “share” my posts. However, today I ask for you to prayerfully consider sharing this article. I have spoken with many Messianic Jews who have seen and know how dangerous Pastor Hagee’s teaching is to the Jewish people. We often don’t know what to pray for Israel…pray for their Salvation, pray for them to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. In Him, Donna Warren.