Reverend John C. Hagee (born April 12, 1940) is the founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, a non-denominational evangelical church with more than 18,000 active members, and is involved with international televangelism.
Hagee is the President and CEO of John Hagee Ministries which telecasts his national radio and television ministry carried in America on 160 TV stations, 50 radio stations and eight networks. The ministries can be seen and heard weekly in 99 million homes. John Hagee Ministries is in Canada on the Miracle Channel and CTS and can be seen in Africa, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and is in most developing nations.
He is also the president and CEO of Global Evangelism Television, which telecasts his radio and television ministry. Hagee has received numerous honors and accolades from national Jewish organizations for his unwavering support of Israel. In pursuit of his support of Israel, Hagee helped found Christians United for Israel on February 7, 2006 as a "Christian AIPAC" lobbying Congress to support Israel. Hagee supports a view, at odds with many of his contemporaries in evangelical Christianity, that Jews (as God's chosen people) get to heaven apart from Jesus based upon their adherence to the Torah.
Some groups consider Hagee's compensation to be excessive for a minister and have asked him to repent.
John McCain rejected Hagee's endorsement when presented with Hagee's views on the holocaust. Jewish groups have come to Hagee's defense, noting his strong support for Israel and that the same view is shared by some Orthodox rabbis.
Some groups consider Hagee's unwavering support for the Jews to be highly excessive, and that he worships the Jews more than he does Jesus Christ. Many Christians source John Hagee's book titled 'In Defense of Israel' where he specifically says:
"The Jews did not reject Jesus as their messiah because Jesus never claimed to be the messiah.
Christians consider this, citing Galatians 4:25-26, a damnable heresy.
- "Then God sent a hunter. A hunter is someone with a gun and he forces you. Hitler was a hunter. And the Bible says -- Jeremiah writing -- 'They shall hunt them from every mountain and from every hill and from the holes of the rocks,' meaning there's no place to hide. And that might be offensive to some people but don't let your heart be offended. I didn't write it, Jeremiah wrote it. It was the truth and it is the truth. How did it happen? Because God allowed it to happen. Why did it happen? Because God said my top priority for the Jewish people is to get them to come back to the land of Israel." Full audio of the sermon available