There are certain preachers and teachers in the world today who make statements sometimes, which I find to be simply mind boggling. John Hagee is most definitely one of those people. Here is an excerpt from the Christian Research Institute Statement DH005 regarding John Hagee.
Trying to convert Jews is a “waste of time,” he [Hagee] said. . . . Everyone else, whether Buddhist or Baha’i, needs to believe in Jesus, he says. But not Jews. Jews already have a covenant with God that has never been replaced with Christianity, he says.
“The Jewish people have a relationship to God through the law of God as given through Moses,” Hagee said. “I believe that every Gentile person can only come to God through the cross of Christ. I believe that every Jewish person who lives in the light of the Torah, which is the word of God, has a relationship with God and will come to redemption.
“The law of Moses is sufficient enough to bring a person into the knowledge of God until God gives him a greater revelation. And God has not,” said Hagee
“There are right now Jewish people on this earth who have a powerful and special relationship with God,” declares Hagee in one of his books. “They have been chosen by the ‘election of grace’ in which God does what he does without asking man to approve or understand it. Let us put an end to the Christian chatter that “all the Jews are lost” and can’t be in the will of God until they convert to Christianity! . . . there are a certain number of Jews in relationship with God right now through divine election.”
Hagee also affirms: “If God blinded the Jewish people to the identity of Jesus as Messiah, how could He send them to hell for not seeing what he had forbidden them to see?”
What On Earth Is Going On Here?
It is incredible that more people do not speak out against the “ministries” of people such as John Hagee (and many others) and the false teachings that proceed forth from them. Any person who has been truly born again of the Spirit, and who is a new creation in Jesus Christ, and who reads their Bible, would have to say there is something drastically wrong with Hagee’s theology. When I read the new Testament (Covenant) I learn about Jesus Christ as being the fulfillment of ALL of the Old Testament prophecies. In fact the Bible tells us that God had previously spoke to us through the “father” and by the “prophets” but has spoken to us in “these last days” by His Son, Jesus Christ.
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his SON, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; (Hebrews 1:1-3)
Any true Bible believing, born again believer in Jesus Christ, knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus Christ is absolutely the only way of salvation for every person in the world, whether they be Jew or Gentile. For John Hagee to make statements such as those quoted here from the Christian Research Institute Statement DH005 is in direct contradiction to the teachings of the Bible (God’s Word). Here is a statement from Jesus Christ Himself to the Jewish people of his day:
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which TESTIFY OF ME. And ye will not COME TO ME, that ye might have life. (John 5:39-40)
That statement by the Lord Jesus Christ to the Jewish people of His time still stands true today.The Lord was simply telling them that their own scriptures which included the books of Moses, the prophets and the Psalms testified about Him, and yet they refused to come to Him for LIFE. Jesus was talking about ETERNAL LIFE, and ultimately Heaven. That is the clear message of that verse, and it was and is the clear message that Christ spoke to the Jewish people of His time. Here is another statement from the Lord Jesus Christ to the Jewish people of His time:
I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to KILL ME, because my word hath no place in you. I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to KILL ME, a man that hath told you the TRUTH, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would LOVE ME: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of YOUR FATHER the DEVIL, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I TELL YOU the TRUTH, YE believe me NOT. (John 8:37-45)
Do not miss what is being said here folks, because this is a plain and simple rebuke to the modern day false dispensational teachers of our day.The Lord was in conversation with the religious Jewish leaders, and He told them that He was aware that they were of the lineage of Abraham. He then made it clear to them that He (Jesus) was following His Father (God the Father), and that they followed their own father. Jesus boldly told the Jewish religious leaders who REJECTED Him, that the Devil was their Father! Folks those are the words of Jesus Christ, the creator of ALL things (John 1:1-3) You will rarely hear a Preacher, Pastor or Ministry leader ever quote those words from the eighth chapter of John, out of pure fear of offending the Jewish people. Those words still stand true today for both the Jewish people who reject Christ, and the rest of mankind (Gentiles) who reject Him also. The Lord told the Jewish people that if God were their Father, then they would have LOVED HIM, because God was the very one who SENT HIM! The Lord knew that the Jewish people prided themselves in the fact that they had Abraham as their Father, but they missed the whole thing when they rejected him (Jesus Christ), the one who was LORD even over Abraham! The Jewish people then and now, still claim Abraham as their Father, but the majority of them still REJECT Jesus Christ as their LORD and MESSIAH! The Lord dealt with that and He pulled no punches with them either.
Do Not Be Ashamed Of Jesus and His Words!
Are YOU ashamed of Jesus Christ, and the words which he spoke? If YOU are ashamed of Jesus Christ, and the words which he spoke, then HE will be ashamed of YOU when HE comes again with his angels! (Luke 9:25-26) Folks do not be fooled or manipulated by the compromising church leaders of today, who work hand in hand with many UNSAVED political people (Jewish and Gentile) from all over the world. The spiritual fraudsters of our day abound by the tens of thousands, and they are merely hirelings (hired hands), which Jesus warned us about. (John 10:12-13) They seek their own wealth, and they care not for your souls. A compromising pastor will lead you into the very same compromise that they are in.
John the Baptist also warned the Jewish religious people:
Then went out to him JERUSALEM, and all JUDAEA, and all the region round about Jordan, And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of VIPERS, who hath warned you to flee from the WRATH to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: And think NOT to say within yourselves, WE have ABRAHAM to OUR FATHER: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and CAST into the FIRE. (Matthew 3:5-10)
John the Baptist flat out told the Jewish religious crowd that they were snakes (vipers). He told them that they should not say within themselves that Abraham was their Father, because God could turn stones into children of Abraham if he so desired. The bottom line was that John was dealing with the Jewish people and their religious pride, because they came from the lineage of Abraham. Remember that salvation is by GRACE, not by RACE!
Lets take another look at John Hagee’s incredible statement:
“I believe that every Gentile person can only come to God through the cross of Christ. I believe that every Jewish person who lives in the light of the Torah, which is the word of God, has a relationship with God and will come to redemption.”
That statement by John Hagee is an absolute smack in the face of Jesus Christ and a betrayal of the Gospel itself. Jesus Christ was slain on the cross for our sins, and it is only HIS BLOOD that will justify any human being on earth before Him. (Romans 5:6-10) Hagee has a DIFFERENT plan of salvation for the Jewish people who live in light of the Torah. Jesus made it clear in the passage above (John 5:37-43) that the Torah testified about HIM, and yet they (the Jewish people) would not come to HIM for salvation!
And the Father himself, which hath SENT ME, hath borne witness of ME. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. And ye have NOT his WORD abiding in you: for WHOM he hath SENT, him ye believe NOT. Search the scriptures; for in them YE THINK ye have ETERNAL LIFE: and they are they which TESTIFY OF ME. And ye will NOT come to me, that YE might have LIFE. I receive not honour from men. But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. I am COME in my Father’s name, and ye receive me NOT: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. (John 5:37-43)
You Are Either For Christ or Against Him!
The majority of Jewish people then, and now, do not believe that Jesus Christ is Lord, Messiah, Son of God or Saviour, and they do not believe that Christ (Messiah) has come in the flesh. According to Jesus Christ those same Jewish people “think that they have eternal life” but they do not! They are DECEIVED and on the road to Hell. They will most certainly “die in their sins” (John 8:24) IF they continue to reject Jesus Christ. They are not in COVENANT with God at all! The very purpose of Jesus Christ coming into this world was to save their souls, and the opportunity to get saved is still there, just like it is still there for any other person in the world. Millions of Christians have been brainwashed and put in bondage because they believe that they will be CURSED if they do not “bless Israel.” I choose to BELIEVE, and as a result I am BLESSED and SAVED in the person of Jesus Christ, whom the Father sent into the world! That is exactly what the Lord Jesus Christ desires of us all!
The Jewish apostle Paul was formerly a belligerent persecutor of Christians, and he consented to the death of many of them. After he got converted he preached SALVATION to his own Jewish people, and he made it clear that SALVATION was in Jesus Christ alone. That is what all TRUE Christians should be doing also. Paul knew that his fellow Jewish people were DECEIVED beyond words, and that they did not UNDERSTAND the PROPHECIES from the scriptures, which testified of Jesus Christ as Messiah!
Men and brethren, children of the stock of ABRAHAM, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the WORD of this SALVATION sent. For they that dwell at JERUSALEM, and their RULERS, because they KNEW HIM (JESUS) NOT, nor yet the voices of the PROPHETS which are read every SABBATH day, they have FULFILLED THEM in condemning HIM (JESUS). And though they found no cause of DEATH in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be SLAIN. And when they had FULFILLED ALL that was written of HIM (JESUS), they took him down from the tree (CROSS), and laid him in a sepulchre (GRAVE). (Acts 13:26-29)
I wrote in another post, and I proved through the scriptures, that those people who do NOT believe that JESUS CHRIST has come in the FLESH, are of an ANTICHRIST spirit. So in other words you have Christian “leaders”, who are working hand in hand with people who are of an ANTICHRIST spirit!
Once again I encourage any true Bible believing Christian to study the scriptures for themselves, and you will see how the Lord Jesus Christ made it clear to the Jewish people that He was the only way of salvation. Hagee’s statement that a Jewish person can live in “light of the Torah” and be in a right relationship with God is outright false. The scriptures make it clear that there is not a person in the world whom the Law does not convict of their own sin, and the only atonement which God honors and recognizes is that BLOOD ATONEMENT provided by Jesus Christ!
Now we know that what things soever the LAW saith, it saith to them who are under the LAW: that EVERY MOUTH may be STOPPED, and ALL the WORLD may become GUILTY before GOD. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall NO FLESH be JUSTIFIED in his sight: for by the LAW is the knowledge of SIN. (Romans 3:19-20)
They Got It All Backwards
The Law of God shows both the Jew and the Gentile that they are GUILTY before God in no uncertain terms. That would include the Jewish man, Mr David Brog who is the Executive Director of CUFI (Christians United For Israel). That would also include Mr Benjamin Netanyahu a leader in Israel, who is digging in his heels as the controversy over land continues. David Brog and Benjamin Netantahu are usually slated to speak at the C.U.F.I. Summit Meetings in Washington, D.C.which are held every year. Can you imagine the Jewish apostle Paul holding a Summit meeting uniting Christians with people who outright REJECT Jesus Christ as LORD and MESSIAH? Does David Brog believe that Jesus Christ is LORD and MESSIAH? Does Benjamin Netanyahu believe that Jesus Christ is LORD and MESSIAH? Once again I must tell you that this is nothing less than SPIRITUAL INSANITY! The modern day so called “prophecy experts” love to talk about the coming “Antichrist” and yet they have been cavorting with people who have an antichrist spirit for many decades now. It is totally ridiculous when you think about it! Both David Brog and Benjamin Netanyahu fall into the category of having the “spirit of antichrist” that the Jewish apostle John warned us about, and yet they will be speaking to Christians! They have it all backwards, because the Christians should be preaching to Benjamin Netanyahu and David Brog, and telling them that unless they repent, they are going to perish in their sins, and end up in Hell for eternity! (Luke 13:3, John 3:16-21, John 3:36)
But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; (Romans 3:21-25)
The ONLY righteousness that God honors is that righteousness which is found in his Son Jesus Christ. Nothing else can be called righteousness outside of faith in Jesus Christ. Here is another excerpt from the CRI (Christian Research Institute) Statement DH005 regarding John Hagee:
God has not entirely rejected Israel, however ; He has preserved a remnant (Rom. 11:5). Paul (himself a Jew) is living proof of this (Rom. 11:1). Elsewhere the apostle writes, “. . . by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His [God’s] sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin. . . . for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 3:20, 23-24, emphasis added).
To drive the point home, Paul goes on to say, “. . . the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if those who are of the Law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise nullified; . . . it is by faith, that it might be in accordance with grace” (Rom. 4:13-14, 16). Scripture draws no distinction between Jews and Gentiles on the issue of salvation, which is attained by grace through faith alone in Christ, “apart from works of the law” (3:28; cf. vv. 21-22).
Paul recognized that the Jews of his day had a misguided zeal that caused them to stumble on this very point (9:31-32; 10:2-4). Why would he suffer great anguish and wish he were accursed for Israel’s sake if none of them were truly lost? His anguish comes from the realization that many Israelites are not saved (Rom. 9:3, 6, 27; 10:1, 9-15; cf. Acts 2:14, 21, 37-39; Rom. 11:14, 17-23).
John Hagee has also stated recently in one of his books that the Jewish people did not reject Jesus as the Messiah. The CRI (Christian Research Institute) Statement DH005 dealt with that part of his theology also:
In Hagee’s theology, the Jews can hardly be faulted for not flocking to Christianity since it was supposedly Jesus who declined their request for Him to be their Messiah. “The [Jewish] people wanted Him to be their Messiah, but He absolutely refused,” writes Hagee. “The Jews were not rejecting Jesus as Messiah, it was Jesus who was refusing to be the Messiah to the Jews!”
Jesus’ explicit claim to be the Messiah (or Christ) during His trial before the Sanhedrin, the supreme Jewish tribunal (Matt. 26:64), flatly contradicts Hagee’s assertion. In that same passage, Jesus called Himself the “Son of Man,” an unmistakable reference to the Messiah , found in the Book of Daniel (7:13) . Jesus also applied the same title to Himself in revealing His identity to “a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council” (John 3:1, 14-15), as well as to the crowd who questioned His authority to forgive sins (Mark 2:10).
Further, in response to Jesus’ question, “Who do you say I am?” (Matt. 16:15), Peter answered, “You are the Christ [Messiah]” (v. 16). Surely, had the Jewish apostle been wrong, Jesus would have corrected him at that moment; instead, Peter received the Lord’s blessing (v. 17).18 Although Jesus on occasion gave public indications of His messiahship (cf. Luke 4:17-21; 20:41-44), He instructed Peter and others not to reveal His messianic identity until due time (v. 20). He did so to avoid the prevalent misconceptions about the title, which had by then become largely understood in political terms19 — something wholly inappropriate for Jesus’ mission at that time.
Hagee’s view is made especially ironic by the fact that Jesus Himself said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel” (Matt. 15:24). Scripture clearly teaches that Jesus’ own people rejected Him, and not the other way around (John 1:11; Mark 12:1-12).
I write this post today simply because it is the Spirit of God within me compelling me to warn the people. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not very hard to understand, and even a child can comprehend it, if their minds are not corrupted by false man-made teachings. What is it that is at stake here? It is the souls of men and women all over the world that is at stake. Any person who tells you that there are other ways to God (including living in light of the Torah) is preaching a BOGUS message and a BOGUS Gospel. We are dealing with eternal issues here, and that would include the Bibles teachings on Heaven and Hell. I close with two quotes from the Bible. The first from Jesus Christ Himself, and the second from the apostle Peter:
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)
Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:10-12)