What are Pastor John Hagee's views of Messianic Jews?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
In googling this I found lots of references to John Hagee's views of Messianic Jews. These are just a few. I do not necessarily support the views of John Hagee. I just googled, you decide.
In a six-page letter to former CRI researcher Erwin M. de Castro, dated Oct. 18, 1994, Hagee elaborated on his view that chapters 9 through 11 of Romans applies exclusively to Jews and no one else. In the letter, Hagee said unabashedly:
“Here is my position on the Jewish people... Fact One: God has not cast away the Jewish people. Fact Two: According to Romans 11:5 there are Jewish people (‘a remnant’) who have a spiritual relationship with God at this present time... according to ‘the election of grace.’”13
Hagee went on to explain that the blindness of Jews in Romans 11:7-8 is only a blindness to the identity of the Messiah, to which he adds, “Paul calls the Jewish people, chosen by the election of grace and not broken off in judgment (Romans 11:17) holy.”14
July 1998. David Becker of the Religion & Politics Digest asked Hagee to comment as to his position that Jews do not need to be converted to Christianity. Hagee responded that:
“In Romans 10, Romans 11, Paul opens with a question, Has God forsaken Israel? And emphatically he says, ‘No!’ He asks the same question again in 11:11, Has God forsaken Israel? He says, ‘No!’ But the fact is he says that God has a remnant chosen by the election of grace, meaning that there are a group of Jewish people that have a relationship with God because of sovereign election. And he explains sovereign election in Romans 11. Many people understand sovereign election. Many people do not understand sovereign election. ... So he said, I have chosen some of the remnant of Abraham who have, quote, a relationship with God by the election of grace. Some of them have stumbled over Jesus Christ because I have, Romans 11, judicially blinded them to the identity of Jesus Christ. Here’s the Christian dilemma. That if God has judicially blinded the Jews to whom Jesus Christ is, why are Christians berating them for not seeing it?”18
In short, Hagee believes that some Jews are not saved by the cross of Christ but by prior election and their pedigree in Abraham. There is a way of salvation in Christ and an election of grace for the Jew apart from Christ. No matter how you nuance it or define it, this is “Two Covenant” theology. This can be classified technically as a modified “Dual Covenant” idea regardless of what Hagee wants to call it or not call it. Hagee believes that two covenants are in force: A covenant of election for the Jew and a covenant of grace for the Gentile.
In his book, "In Defense of Israel" © 2007, Pastor Hagee takes a theological turn that makes many in the Messianic Jewish world feel betrayed and prompts cries of a Heresy. Hagee says: "Jews did not reject Jesus as Messiah"(pg. 132). "Jesus was to be a light to the Gentiles-not the Jews" (pg 133). "The message of the Gospel was from Israel, not to Israel" (pg 134) and "had Jesus permitted himself to become reigning Messiah to the Jews, he would have missed the Sovereign will of God for his life" (pg 134). Hagee goes on to say: "it was not the father's will, nor his (Jesus) to be Messiah" (pg 138) and "The Jews were not rejecting Jesus as Messiah; it was Jesus who was refusing to be the Messiah of the Jews" (pg 140). The union of Messianic Jewish Congregation- one of the Messianic Movements most significant, formal associations of Messianic Jewish theologians and Rabbis/Pastors-tendered a critical response, as have a variety of other Messianic Jews. The
MJAA response can be pulled from their website (www.umjc.net) , where they show Hagee the respect due him, but gently unpack what seem to be his errors. Pastor Hagee may just be playing with words, wanting to underscore that Jesus came at the first, only to be rejected- and thus did not want to be the reigning Messiah anticipated by Israel. Hagee may be saying that when he returns, at the Second Coming, He will be willing to be the Glorious and reigning Messiah that Israel envisions and has long anticipated. If this is what Hagee means, maybe we just need to understand him more clearly.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Oh he loves them of course. The few actual Jews who have been caught in their net are considered "completed Jews" in his opinion.
Most Messianic "Jews" were never Jews to begin with, but are fundamentalist christians by religion and Gentiles by birth.
They are not Jews and never were.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Why would anyone care what that idiot's views are, other than the other idiots who follow him.