Barely found a spot in the parking garage this morning because it was so packed with fans of this guy:
Television and radio evangelist Pastor John Hagee believes the recent eruption of the volcano in Iceland stems from Britain breaking God’s covenant.
Anti-wingnut meltdown in 5…. 4…. 3… 2…
Actually, since I’m too busy to go into a lengthy What in the world is wrong with this guy screed, I’ll simply pass along something I received via e-mail a few days ago, that makes at least one of the points I might have made – though with a guy like Hagee, we could be here all day. As I almost was.
John Hagee, the television and radio preacher who promotes Zionism to American Christians, will speak this evening (April 22) and tomorrow morning and evening at the Convention Center.
As guests arrive at the Center, we will distribute flyers encouraging guests to read Kairos Palestine, a recent statement from Palestinian leaders of thirteen historic churches long present in the Middle East. …
Hagee teaches that the Israeli return of Palestinian land illegally occupied by the Israeli government would violate the commands of God in Joel 3:2.
Based on this theology, Hagee opposed the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and Lebanon, opposed the peace agreement between Israel and Egypt that resulted in the return of Sinai to Egypt, and opposes a peaceful solution to the 60-year conflict between Israel and Palestine. He regularly raises money to support the enlargement of the illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian lands.
Hagee has a large following in Lancaster County, particularly among those who subscribe to dispensationalist theology. That theology describes a divided God whose presence and purpose in human history changes from era to era and from state to state. According to this 150-year-old teaching, the revelation in Jesus Christ sheds little light on the meaning of Hebrew Scriptures.
Kairos Palestine is a call for help from Christian leaders who represent old and venerable communions and whose members are suffering as a result of the harsh policy Hagee advocates. It is rooted in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. It addresses the political realities of Palestine and includes this statement: “We also declare that the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land is a sin against God and humanity because it deprives the Palestinians of their basic human rights, bestowed by God.”
“We hope those attending the Hagee events will read the Kairos Palestine statement,” said H.A. Penner, “and act on its appeals. It’s a letter similar to what the Apostle Paul might write were he to have visited the churches of Palestine today. It is not rooted like Zionism in the idolatry of the nation state; instead, it is rooted in the nonviolence and love that Christians have come to know in Jesus Christ.”