TV Evangelist John Hagee Wants War With Iran, and He Wants It Now!
by Bill Barnwell
March 22, 2007
If anyone still thinks that the radical end-times “prophecy” movement is not a threat to peace and stability, think again. At the popular level, in terms of the TV preachers and the hot-selling prophecy books, the dispensational pre-trib stuff still reigns supreme. Most conservative-leaning Evangelical churches in America today are heavily influenced by popular dispensational theology to some extent. Even churches and pastors that donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t teach pretribulationalism still are influenced by dispensationalism to varying degrees.
The most dangerous element of this prophetic paradigm, however, is its doom-and-gloom view of the world. And in most cases, those who have a fascination with the end of the world have a particular fascination with war and militarism as well. More problematic, it assumes that their wars of choice are not just their own foreign policy preferences or personal opinions. Rather they are ordained by God. In 2003, more than a few pastors and influential Christian figures basically said that opposing the Iraq war was opposing GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s end-time plan. According to Evangelical end-times enthusiasts, if you opposed the Iraq war, you didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t just hate your country and the troops, now you were opposing God and the Bible as well.
An even bigger obsession for dispensationalists has always been Israel. For the average dispensationalist, modern-day secular Israel is going to be the focal point in the end-times. [Read more...]