Hip and Thigh: Smiting Theological Philistines with a Great Slaughter. Judges 15:8

Thursday, March 02, 2006

The Jerusalem Post Offers a Retraction - Sort of

I posted an entry yesterday highlighting a Jerusalem Post article that stated Baptist preacher Jerry Falwell and megachurch, TV evangelist John Hagee were big supporters of dual covenant theology, a belief system which teaches Jews did not need to be saved through the atoning work of Christ because of their special status as God's Old Covenant people.

By the afternoon, Falwell had posted a statement on his website denying the claims of the article and affirming Christian evangelism and the exclusivity of the gospel message. He also wrote that he had spoken to John Hagee earlier in the day and even he denied believing in dual covenant theology.

I doubted the article's initial claim about Falwell holding to dual covenant theology when I first saw it. Jerry may have a buffoonish media persona, but I was confident of his affirmation of the gospel. Remember all the trouble he got into a few years ago with the Jewish Anti-Defamation League because he supported a SBC declaration desiring to evangelize Jews.

John Hagee, on the other hand, I am not so sure about.

He is on record in his books and on his TV program of supporting a special status for the Jewish nation of Israel and the Jewish people. If he wishes to call his perspective on Israel something other than dual covenant theology, he is free to do so; but then, what does he call his unique view of Israel's special status?

I thought this was an interesting comment in the JP article from today:

Hagee added that he had "made it a practice for 25 years not to target Jews for conversion" at any "Night to Honor Israel" events. If Jews "inquire about our faith at a later time, we give them a full scriptural presentation of redemption."

Why exactly is that John? If you have the gospel of salvation, and know the true Messiah of Israel, why not tell your Jewish audience to repent of their dead works and embrace Him? Are you ashamed of the gospel?

Of course, the dual covenant stuff aside, I do think it is troublesome that Hagee is buddied up with many false teachers from the Word of Faith crowd like Benny Hinn. That affiliation ought to be enough to make a person stick his fingers in his ears and run away screaming.

Personal Freedom Outreach, a cult watching organization has this article about Hagee.


Blogger Jack's Shack said...

All of this stuff is a lot of fluff.

10:52 PM, March 02, 2006  

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