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BEWARE FALSE PROPHET JOHN HAGEE

You have ignored me for the last time John Hagee. I am coming after you. In the name of my Lord Jesus Christ I will destroy you!


Beware The False Prophet John Hagee

Controversial Views
Hagee has been criticized for his statements about Israel, the Roman Catholic Church and Islam. One notable critic is journalist Bill Moyers, who claims that Hagee and other evangelicals are working towards supporting the religious right. He states, "Someone who didn't know better could imagine from the very name Christians United For Israel - CUFI -that pastor John Hagee speaks for all Christians. Well, he doesn't... What these fellows have forged is a close connection between the White House and the religious right."
Some Jewish leaders, such as Reform Rabbi Eric Yoffie, criticized Hagee for being an "extremist" on Israeli policy and for disparaging other faiths including Islam and Roman Catholicism.

anti-Catholicism
After Hagee's 2008 endorsement of U.S. Presidential candidate John McCain, a furor arose over comments, broadcasts and writings made by Hagee which were seen as anti-Catholic. After discussions with Catholic leaders, Hagee made an apology which was accepted.
When Hagee made the endorsement, the Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights president William Donohue issued the following remarks regarding Senator John McCain’s ties to Hagee:
Now that he has secured the Republican nomination for president, and has received the endorsement of President Bush, McCain will now embark on a series of fundraising events. When he meets with Catholics, he is going to be asked about his ties to Hagee. He should also be asked whether he approves of comments like this: "A Godless theology of hate that no one dared try to stop for a thousand years produced a harvest of hate." That quote is proudly cited by David Brog in his recent book, Standing with Israel. Both Brog and Hagee clearly identify the Roman Catholic Church as spawning a "theology of hate." This is nothing if not hate speech. There are so many good evangelical leaders in this country—Dr. James Dobson, Dr. Richard Land, Tony Perkins, Gary Bauer, Dr. Al Mohler, Chuck Colson—and none has ever insulted Catholicism.
The "Godless theology" quotation is taken from Hagee's 1987 work Should Christians Support Israel? (p. 4)
Hagee's attack against Christian antisemitism in his book Jerusalem Countdown claimed that Adolf Hitler's antisemitism derived especially from his Catholic background, and that the Catholic Church under Pope Pius XII encouraged Nazism instead of denouncing it. (pp. 79-81) He also states that the Roman Catholic Church "plunged the world into the Dark Ages," allowed for the Crusaders to rape and murder with impunity, and called for Jews to be treated as "Christ killers". (p. 73) Later in the book (pp. 81-2), however, he praises Pope John Paul II for repudiating past anti-Semitism in the Roman Catholic Church.
Hagee claimed in March 2008, “I’ve learned that some have accused me of referring to the Catholic Church as the ‘great whore,’ of Revelations. This is a serious misinterpretation of my words. When I refer to the ‘great whore,’ I am referring to the apostate church, namely those Christians who embrace the false cult system of Jew-hatred and anti-Semitism.”
Donohue rejected Hagee's explanation as disingenuous: "Anti-Catholic Protestants have long labeled the Catholic Church "The Great Whore", and no amount of spin can change that reality. No one who knows anything about the term would suggest otherwise." Furthermore, Hagee did identify [the Great Whore of] Babylon as Rome in his book From Daniel to Doomsday (1999), in a way that melded reference to the Roman Empire and the Roman Catholic Church: "The evidence would point to Rome...It was Rome where Nero wrapped Christians in oily rags and hung them on lampposts, setting them ablaze to light his gardens. It was Rome that orchestrated the Crusades where Jews were slaughtered...It was Rome that orchestrated the Inquisitions throughout the known world where "heretics" were burned at the stake or pulled in half on torture racks because they were not Roman Catholic." (pp. 10-11)
Hagee further responded to the charge in a videotaped statement and press release, categorically denying that he was anti-Catholic, on the grounds that his church runs a "social services center" that serves a largely Catholic constituency, that he supported a convent personally, that he had often denounced Martin Luther, not just the Catholic Church, for anti-Semitism, and that he did not interpret the "Whore of Babylon" as a reference to the Catholic Church.

Letter of apology and reconciliation
On May 12, 2008, Hagee issued a letter of apology to William Donohue, president of the Catholic League, expressing regret for "any comments that Catholics have found hurtful." He apologized for condemning Catholics for what he viewed was their persecution of Jews, and outright stated that he did not believe that, and many other previously held views, any longer. He also said that the "great whore" comments were taken out of context and were not directed at the Catholic Church. He went on to explain that his comments about the Catholic Church were made "in my zeal to oppose anti-Semitism and bigotry in all its ugly forms. I have often emphasized the darkest chapters in the history of Catholic and Protestant relations with the Jews." Bill Donohue told Fox News, "I’m absolutely delighted... I haven’t seen such a quick turnaround in the 15 years that I have been president of the Catholic League.... The tone of Hagee’s letter is sincere. He wants reconciliation and he has achieved it." "Indeed, the Catholic League welcomes his apology,” Donohue wrote in a press release. “What Hagee has done takes courage and quite frankly I never expected him to demonstrate such sensitivity to our concerns. But he has done just that. Now Catholics, along with Jews, can work with Pastor Hagee in making interfaith relations stronger than ever. Whatever problems we had before are now history. This case is closed."

Islam
On the September 18, 2006 edition of National Public Radio's Fresh Air, Hagee discussed Islam, stating, "those who live by the Qur'an have a scriptural mandate to kill Christians and Jews... it teaches that very clearly." He then proceeded to characterize the military threat posed by those who follow Islamic scripture: "There are 1.3 billion people who follow the Islamic faith, so if you're saying there's only 15 percent that want to come to America or invade Israel to crush it, you're only talking about 200 million people. That's far more than Hitler and Japan and Italy and all of the axis powers in World War II had under arms."

[edit] Judaism
Despite Hagee's professed "Christian Zionist" beliefs and public support for the state of Israel, Hagee has made statements that some have interpreted as anti-Semitic, including blaming the Holocaust on Jews, stating that Adolf Hitler carried out a divine plan to lead Jews to form the modern state of Israel, blaming Jews for the death of Jesus, calling liberal Jews "poisoned" and "spiritually blind," and stating that the preemptive nuclear attack on Iran that he favors will lead to the deaths of most Jews in Israel.
Hagee has attributed the persecution of Jews throughout history, implicitly including the Holocaust, to disobedience, thereby attracting accusations of anti-Semitism:
It was the disobedience and rebellion of the Jews, God's chosen people, to their covenantal responsibility to serve only the one true God, Jehovah, that gave rise to the opposition and persecution that they experienced beginning in Canaan and continuing to this very day... Their own rebellion had birthed the seed of anti-Semitism that would arise and bring destruction to them for centuries to come.... it rises from the judgment of God upon his rebellious chosen people.
In the book, Hagee cites material from the Jewish tradition (Jeremiah 9:13-16; 44:2-4, 15-17) to justify this view.
In 2008, in response to a question about this matter, he differentiated between his interpretation of the Bible and his understanding of modern history: "I learn from the Bible that the children of Israel were punished by God for their iniquities. But I do not presume to explain Jewish suffering in modern times. I only seek to alleviate it."
Hagee's interpretation of the historical role of Hitler and the Holocaust in relation to the foundation of the state of Israel has also caused offense. Hagee interprets a reference in Jeremiah 16:16 to "fishers" and "hunters" as symbols of positive motivation (Herzl and Zionism) and negative motivation (Hitler and Nazism) respectively, both sent by God for the purpose of having Jews return to the land of Israel, even suggesting that the Holocaust was willed by God because most Jews ignored Hertzl's Zionist call. Following the broadcast of Hagee's remarks in late May 2008, some orthodox and conservative Jews have come forward to defend Hagee against charges of antisemitism, although other Jews have applauded McCain for distancing himself from Hagee.

Hurricane Katrina
During the same September 18, 2006 edition of National Public Radio's Fresh Air, Hagee said Hurricane Katrina was an act of God, punishing New Orleans for "a level of sin that was offensive to God." He referred to a "homosexual parade" held on the date the hurricane struck and this was proof "of the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans," even though the Southern Decadence parade was scheduled for the following week and the primarily gay neighborhoods, the French Quarter and the Marigny, were spared the flooding and destruction. Another reason for God's wrath, Hagee claims, was the Bush administration's pressure on Israel to abandon settlements and the associated land.

Financial controversy
In 2003, the San Antonio Express-News reported that, in 2001 alone, John Hagee had received over 10.25 million dollars in total compensation for his position as CEO at the non-profit corporation, Global Evangelism Television (GETV). This made him one of the highest-paid televangelists in 2001 .
According to the Form 990 that GETV filed for tax year 2003, Hagee received almost a million dollars in compensation for his work for GETV that year, which amounted to approximately 16 hours per week . (The GETV Board of Directors, which determines his pay, consisted of John Hagee himself, his wife, his son, and a Cornerstone Church member.) However, because he claimed that he worked "80 hours a week" writing books, singing songs, meeting international dignitaries and answering the call to preach the word of God, John Hagee argued: "I deserve every dime I'm getting". Other observers, including many evangelical Christians, criticize Hagee's handling of finances. Considering his combined pay from both donor-supported ministries (his separate church and TV ministries), his pay has been over $1 million per year.
Hagee said he was certain his finances complied with requirements of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) because he hired tax lawyers and accountants to make sure that his books complied with tax laws. Hagee said, 'We want a set of books so that when the IRS comes in here and looks they'll say, those people are clean'", Hagee said. "And I am waiting for the day that the IRS is going to come look at our books. I have spent a chunk of money waiting for them" .
In September 2004, Hagee re-registered GETV as a church under the name Grace Church of San Antonio, and became exempt from filing detailed returns with the IRS. A further reorganization in July 2006 moved all assets into Cornerstone Church.

Connection with John McCain
Hagee had endorsed Senator John McCain in the 2008 presidential election. McCain initially said, "I’m very proud to have Pastor Hagee’s support", but after a furor over Hagee's alleged anti-Catholicism, McCain stated "I repudiate any comments that are made, including Pastor Hagee's, if they are anti-Catholic or offensive to Catholics.”
A video of McCain at a Houston town hall meeting shows him stating, “Yesterday, Pastor John Hagee endorsed my candidacy for president in San Antonio, Texas. However, in no way did I intend for his endorsement to suggest that I in turn agree with all of Pastor Hagee’s views, which I obviously do not," This controversial endorsement was seen as key for McCain, who has struggled to win the support of the Christian right. However, McCain has distanced himself from Hagee due to his controversial statements, such as his "claims that Hurricane Katrina was 'the judgment of God against New Orleans'". Concerns over the risks of religious endorsement have been expressed, despite attempts of some religious leaders to remain neutral. On April 20, 2008, while appearing on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, and after criticizing Barack Obama's repudiation of Bill Ayers, McCain said that it was "probably a mistake" to court and accept Hagee's endorsement, although he's still glad to have it.
With regard to Hagee's purported anti-Catholic bigotry, in an Associated Press interview McCain said, "We've had a dignified campaign, and I repudiate any comments that are made, including Pastor Hagee's, if they are anti-Catholic or offensive to Catholics,” and he further stated, "I sent two of my children to Catholic school. I categorically reject and repudiate any statement that was made that was anti-Catholic, both in intent and nature."
On May 22, 2008, despite Hagee's letter of apology to William Donohue, McCain rejected Hagee's endorsement after audio of a sermon calling Adolf Hitler a "hunter" whose Holocaust was part of a divine plan to drive Jews from Europe to Palestine. In a statement McCain said: “Obviously, I find these remarks and others deeply offensive and indefensible,” and “I did not know of them before Reverend Hagee’s endorsement, and I feel I must reject his endorsement as well.” McCain further distanced himself from Hagee stating, "I've never been in Pastor Hagee's church or Pastor Parsley's church. I didn't attend their church for 20 years, and I'm not a member of their church. I received their endorsement, which did not mean that I endorsed their views."
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  • Rwarrior 2008/06/12 17:11:25
    Rwarrior
    Religion for idiots 101! To call yourself a JEW, CATHOLIC, MUSLIM, etc etc is to miss the whole idea of a GOD. You need to get over your idea that your religion is right. To fight for religion and or over words handed down by those before you only lead you on a path for destruction. I believe all the true prophets and each handed down great words of wisdom. Each talked about love your neighbor, dont kill, dont rape etc etc. What is right is right and what is wrong is wrong. To preach a message or worship in meer idols clearly violates everything that is spiritual!!! I'm in church everyday and act accordingly. I dont need a label to guide me to hate or fear or greed! Remember you can be a good person without the labels and rituals of cults passed down through the ages. In my opinion the ones who sport the cross are so far out of touch they have lost theirselves and the true spiritual realm which produced the cross or whatever idol they may claim as right!!!
  • Tommy W... Rwarrior 2008/06/14 07:11:18
    Tommy Watts
    He is not 'a' God. He is 'the' God.

    Religion sucks. Spirituality rules!

    I stopped going to church because of the hypocracy. Funny thing is now I feel closer to my Lord Jesus than ever before.

    Recommended TV viewing...

    Jack and Rexella Van Impe.

    The Hal Lindsey Report.

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