Hi friends! I have prayed long and hard about this post, and want to share it only with the sensitivity God’s Word encourages. I share it because it carries tremendous importance in our understanding of God’s plan…which I will explain. Please proceed prayerfully.
As many of you know, John Hagee is founder of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), and he is a tremendous supporter of the state of Israel. I’m not sure I have ever been to Israel that I haven’t run into CUFI-sponsored tours. John Hagee and his ministry have taken literally tens of thousands of people to the Holy Land. In addition, CUFI is one of the largest pro-Israel organizations on the planet. Kudos to them!
However, while I have always appreciated his zeal for encouraging people (primarily Christians) to love Israel, I have personally never been a big follower of Hagee and CUFI, primarily because of doctrinal issues in which I disagree.
Two of those issues have recently come to light: Hagee’s seeming denial of Jesus as the Messiah, and his stance that Jews don’t need the Messiah as they may be saved by following Mosaic law.
Eitan Bar, an Israeli Messianic Jew, born in Tel Aviv, has responded clearly to those issues from a Biblical position. With a BA in Biblical studies from Israel College of the Bible, an MA in Theology from Liberty University, and now a doctoral student at Dallas Theological Seminary, Eitan has the cultural and spiritual background and Biblical knowledge to authoratatively state an opposing case.
This is important because the way we view Israel and the Jewish people is vitally important. We will all take the “Israel Test” at some point! (ie – do we stand with or against them, and do we “move them to jealousy” for the Messiah, as Romans 11:14 commands?) Our understanding of God’s covenants with His people is vital to understanding our role as Christians.
Thus, please take a few moments to hear John Hagee’s words, then read Eitan Bar’s grace-filled response. Here is my favorite Eitan Bar quote: “Please don’t love us (Jewish people) more than you love your Jewish Messiah!” The article will elaborate!
See the video and read the article here: Pastor John Hagee (CUFI), Let My People Go!!
PS: This is not intended to be a slug in the face to John Hagee. I don’t doubt his salvation, nor do I question his love for Israel. Nor do I believe Christians should “pound Yeshua into the Jews.” But woe to us as Christians if we deny that Jesus is the Messiah, rather than moving our Jewish friends to jealousy for Him! Now is a great time to pray for that!