A RELIGION OF HATE
So often we hear these days that Islam is a religion of hate. And there are many sects who practice hate and violence and call it Islam. But Christianity in the west has become a religion of hate. But in reality it is no longer Christianity at all. As you watch this video I would like you to imagine Jesus saying the things that this apostate preacher is saying. Here is the transcript above the video:
“To all humanists and atheists listening to this telecast: Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness will not be in danger in any way if someone says ‘Merry Christmas’ around you. Someone will argue well it’s a Christian prayer … well yes it is and this is the United States of America that was founded by Christians on Christian principles according to the word of God.And then the humanists argue and what about the atheists and my response is “What about them?”. No one is asking you to be baptized in the site of a manger. No one is going to pass the collection plate if you buy a manger. If you pass a manger scene and someone is singing ‘Joy to the World,’ you can take your Walkman and stuff it into your ears, or you can call your lawyer. Or you can just exercise your right to leave the country. Planes are leaving every hour on the hour. Get on one! It’s time for the majority to rule this nation!”
This false teacher even goes so far as to lie about the pagan origins of Christmas. He even compares saying "Merry Christmas" with the blood of the martyrs. Men like these champion earthly freedoms instead of the freedom found in Christ. The freedom found in Christ is humble and meek, while the freedom found on earth is brash and self serving. And the audience claps with glee because they say "Merry Christmas" defiantly. What a sad farce.
Now this results from an idol worship of a nation called America. And why shouldn’t this man worship America? He is a millionaire many times over and his entire family, including his second wife, have prospered immensely from this bastardized form of Christianity. He is the man who says the Jews do not need Jesus to be saved and that the Jewish people should keep their children away from the gospel. I wrote about that HERE.
Labels and pejoratives continue to feed the carnal nature of the church. Instead of saying lost people who need Christ we say they are atheists and humanists and liberals and all sorts of other people who act like the sinners many of us used to be. This is where Christianity now is and the gospel is something to be defended but not lived and shared. And just who is the gospel for? Is it for those who have cleaned themselves up and walk with a shadow of religion and show an allegiance to this nation and its Constitution? And then and only then are they candidates for the good news. What utter blasphemy.
Men like him spread hate for gays, and hate for liberals, hate for atheists, hate for Muslims, and hate for the Palestinians. What should be a faith which walks in gospel redemption has now been clothed in visceral arrogance, hedonism, and a hatred which is at odds with all Jesus taught. This kind of language flies in the face of the “love your enemies” teaching from the lips of our Lord. And just how do men like Hagee get away with such unbiblical and demonic attitudes and language? It’s because his audience also worship America and seeks personal wealth. Can you imagine fighting over the pagan holiday known as Christmas and suggesting Jesus is on a crusade to keep His name in the Roman Catholic title?
Over the space of almost eight years I have written about the dangers and heresy of nationalism which is the love and allegiance to an earthly nation. It continues to change the faith once delivered to the saints into a faith which defends the Constitution, pledges its allegiance to a fallen entity, attacks all who exercise their rights if they do not please us, embraces the idea that God desires to make you financially wealthy, and that we will lay down our lives to defend a concept and lifestyle which is antichrist. The day the church embraced the lie that America is a Christian nation was the day we left following Jesus.
So millions sit in pulpits and hear caustic and arrogant words of hate spewed against all sorts of miscreants who preachers believe are compromising their fairy tale vision of America, and then these same millions go to a restaurant or go home satisfied with the thought that they had heard the truth and had met with Jesus. Both of those thoughts are damnable deceptions. I have no idea who is saved and who is not. But I fear for the salvation of those who profess a faith in a Jesus who is so extremely at odds with anything Scripture teaches about Him. The Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Mormons follow another Jesus by their teachings about Him. So how can we say anything different when men like Hagee teach a Jesus who has nothing to do with the revelation of Himself in Scripture? I used to think that men like Hagee who have a “sound” statement of faith about Jesus but who exhibit a false Christ in their attitudes, speech, and actions were saved but severely misguided. I now do not have that confidence. The deception may be much more profound than that.
Take heed to what I am sharing. This issue of nationalism is not just some minor aberration within the faith which taints some element of our faith. No, this is a foundational issue which given enough time changes the heart and mind so dramatically that eventually it alters the faith altogether. And the end result, as we can see and hear in the video, it completely changes the truth about Jesus Himself. You can believe the Westminster Confession, the Apostle’s Creed, and the Nicene Creed but if you love and pledge your allegiance to a false Jesus through nationalism you are in grave danger. You may not express it the way John Hagee does, but make no mistake nationalism is a great sin against Jesus and it completely undermines the faith He taught.
I ask you, I beg you, I beseech you, examine your heart and see if there is anything which smacks of hatred toward sinners or a love and allegiance for anything upon this earth. And if there is then repent and cast out the bondwoman for she has no place within the house of Jesus. This kind of thing should break our hearts and make us determined not to follow in the footsteps of these heretics but seek out and diligently follow in our Lord’s blood bought footsteps. May we be like Jesus and not just like good citizens.