John Hagee – Review from Israeli eyes

John Hagee – Review from Israeli eyes

At 77 years of age, John Charles Hagee was born in Goose Creek, Texas United States. He has thirteen grandchildren, five children and has been married twice now to Diana Castro and divorced from Martha Downing in 1975. He was on a football scholarship when he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in History and Education from Trinity University in 1964 and completed his theological training at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in 1966.

John Hagee is well known as the senior pastor and founder of a mega church in San Antonio Texas called Cornerstone Church, which originally was The Church at Castle Hills that he founded on Mother’s Day, May 11, 1975. Now with more than 20,000 faithful followers today, he’s pastoral calling dates back to the colonial times making him the sixth pastor along this lineage. He is also the president and chief executive officer of a radio broadcast and television program known as the John Hagee Ministries both, which telecasts on ten television networks and 62 high-powers stations in the United States.

The John Hagee Ministries radio and television program also has an audience of over 150 million viewers and listeners all over the world making his ministry among the largest religious networks in America and internationally.

As a global televangelist, John Hagee has used this platform to not only preach the word of god but also to endorse some political subjects and other sensitive matters such as his personal prejudice against homosexuality and abortion. He also attracted a lot of controversy over his 2007 book, In Defense of Israel, which in it, he alleges that Jesus did not claim to be the Messiah for the Jews, only the savior for the Christians as well as his comments on Islam and anti-Catholicism rants. This paved the way for discussions between him and several Catholic leaders after which he issued a letter of apology and reconciliation, which William Donohue, the president of the Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights accepted over John Hagee’s hurtful anti-Catholicism remarks, broadcasts, and literature.

John Hagee is certainly not one to shy away from robust personal views and has faced equally strong criticism from his American audience for more than a few of his derogatory remarks, personal opinions and beliefs because of this he has been deemed as a “whack job” preacher and has even appeared on the list of some of the most antagonistic preachers.

Since 1973, John Hagee has written many books, booklets, articles, magazines and taped messages that have gained a lot of popularity and broad visibility among his many followers. However, not everyone agrees with his preaching’s such as those of obedience in god to achieve prosperity and that poverty is a curse or his zealousness for salvation without conversion to Christianity that was targeted at the Jewish people. Hagee also refers to Jesus as the reluctant messiah to the Jews.

All in all, John Hagee understanding of the Scriptures and unique gallantry is quite eminent.