Meet John Hagee

Dr. John Hagee-—a fiery, charismatic televangelist—is both founder and head pastor of the 14,000-member Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. A former college football player, he has a way with words, a passion for saving lost souls, and strong opinions on just about everything...from Israel’s role in prophecy to who killed Vince Foster. "No one who has heard Hagee preach would accuse him of being timid or tentative," wrote Ministries Today Magazine. "His bluntness may provoke you to say ‘Amen’ on one occasion and ‘Oh my!’ on another, but you are never in doubt about where he stands."

Hagee’s opinion on how Christian families should operate? "The father leads, the wife submits to that lead, and their children honor them as the authority in their lives . . . and if they don’t, their backsides burn."

On what makes a good wife? "Pure, chaste, honorable women who love their children, care for their parents, and show hospitality to all." Plus, "She knows how to make something for supper other than reservations."

On a husband’s responsibility? "Submit to the need of (your) wife. . . . Does she need someone to help her with the dishes? . . . Look, John Wayne, if soap and water will wash away your manliness, you need a hormone shot."

Hagee is equally outspoken when it comes to the state of things in America. He compares the leadership of Bill and Hillary Clinton to that of Ahab and Jezebel. Dismayed at society’s moral decay, he warns that, from the White House to the average American home, "as a nation, America is under the curse of God." While Hagee earnestly exhorts his followers to "take America back to biblical principles," and strives through his television ministry to "saturate the airwaves with the gospel message," he also believes that judgment is coming, and the church is running out of time. A dispensationalist with a B.A. from Trinity University, a Masters degree from North Texas State University, and an honorary Ph.D. from Oral Roberts University, Hagee believes that Christ’s return is imminent. He calls humanity in the ’90s "the terminal generation."

Asked in an interview whether Jesus might return within the next few years, Hagee replies "Absolutely. We are living in the closing moments of the Dispensation of Grace." For evidence of this, he points to the restoration of Israel in 1948—something he interprets as the fulfillment of biblical prophecy. He also cites Scriptures that seem to foreshadow the "knowledge explosion" and moral corruption of the 20th century and a nuclear exchange in the Middle East—a disaster Hagee believes could happen any time. Tragedies like Yitzak Rabin’s assassination in 1995 only add to his sense of foreboding, feeding the fire of his zealous desire to see America saved.

In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, Dr. Hagee serves as the president and C.E.O. of Global Evangelism Television and is the author of 14 books, including Knowing the Secrets of God, Devil's Island, its companion in The Apocalypse Diaries--Avenger of Blood, Attack on America, and From Daniel to Doomsday.

Hagee and his wife, Diana, live in San Antonio with their five children, Tisch, Christopher, Christina, Matthew, and Sandy.

(Quotes are excerpted from Day of Deception by John Hagee and an interview in the July/August 1996 issue of Ministries Today Magazine.)

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