This is Part 3 of a three part review of Hagee’s widely-read, but wholly erroneous study of Israel. John Hagee, In Defense of Israel: The Bible’s Mandate for Supporting the Jewish State (Lake Mary, Flo.: FrontLine, 2007). This is a continuation of my last article highlighting Hagee’s theological errors.
4. The Jews are not responsible for Jesus’ death
Hagee vigorously argues that “one of those deadly New Testament myths is that the Jews killed Jesus, yet no justification can be found in the New Testament to support this lie” (p. 125). He defines Anti-Semitism as “a poisonous stream of venom” wherein “Christian leaders [labeled] the Jews as ‘Christ killers” (p. 20). He announces that “the Jews are not Christ killers” (p. 122). Continue reading
PMT 2014-073 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.
This is my final article in a brief series responding to the charge that preterism is anti-Semitic. The charge arises in that preterists hold that many New Testament passages prophesy the judgment of Israel. I have already shown how this charge is misdirected in several respects. But now I will show that if the charge is accurate, then Jews are themselves anti-Semtic. As odd as it may sound, this is the moral logic of our day’s politically-correct world. Continue reading
PMT 2014-070 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.
Preterism is anti-Semitic. Pure and simple. To the core, through-and- through. It denounces Jews and Israel. And it must do so to maintain its distinctive theology. It involves a persecutional mindset.
At least that is what prophecy populists maintain, and what a number of scholars argue. But why do they make this charge?
Preteristm teaches that several New Testament prophecies apply to the AD 70 destruction of the temple. Is preterism’s focus on the Jewish judgment in AD 70 anti-Semtic? This is a serious moral charge. How does the preterist postmillennialist answer it? Are we guilty of such a sin? Continue reading