Hagee visit eyes solidifying Christians for Israel

Evangelist fights anti-Semitism

By COLBY DENTON
Posted 5/2/19

In this day and age, anti-Semitism is an incredibly prevalent issue. As a show of solidarity for the Jewish community, the faith-based organization Christians United For Israel (CUFI) is hosting the East Tennessee Night to Honor Israel on May 7 at Omega Center International with internationally known evangelist John Hagee as the guest speaker.

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Hagee visit eyes solidifying Christians for Israel

Evangelist fights anti-Semitism

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In this day and age, anti-Semitism is an incredibly prevalent issue. As a show of solidarity for the Jewish community, the faith-based organization Christians United For Israel (CUFI) is hosting the East Tennessee Night to Honor Israel on May 7 at Omega Center International with internationally known evangelist John Hagee as the guest speaker.

America’s relationship with Israel is one of the nation’s longest alliances, yet some in America, and many outside the country, oppose the involvement. That’s why a local pastor — Gary Trenum and his wife, Mary — are appealing to Cleveland residents and Americans overall to stand together at next Tuesday's event.

“These events occur all around the country, and are called Night to Honor Israel,” Pastor Trenum said. “This isn’t an OCI event. It’s not a Church of God event. It’s a CUFI event.”

CUFI has more than 5.5 million members, and is the largest pro-Israel organization in the world, according to Pastor Trenum, who recently became the CUFI city director for Chattanooga. He is the retired pastor at Redemption to the Nations Church in Chattanooga.

He became a pastor by following in the footsteps of his father. He wed Mary while a student at Lee University. The past 23 years, he has served as senior pastor at Victor Christian Church in Kettering, Ohio.

He was first introduced to the preaching of John Hagee while on a trip to Washington, D.C., 14 years ago. Hagee was speaking about supporting the Jewish people, and Trenum said he was immediately intrigued and excited about joining the movement.

“This was their very first national summit, and this coming July 8 and 9 will be the national summit once again,” he said. “There have been numerous celebrity speakers at these summits including Nikki Haley, Glenn Beck and Vice President Mike Pence.”

The summits serve to train attendants with a master-level knowledge of the most up-to-date state of affairs in Israel and the Middle East. Trenum calls this “training the trainers,” as attendants will go on to spread awareness based off information learned at the summits.

Hagee is the founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, a non-denominational church with more than 22,000 active members. He’s also the founder and national chairman of CUFI and the author of 40 major books, seven of which were on the New York Times Best Seller list.

He is the founder of Hagee Ministries, which telecasts his teachings throughout America and across the globe. Over the years, the organization has donated more than $100 million to humanitarian causes in Israel.

Hagee is also the founder of Cornerstone Christian Schools, which is committed to a Bible-based education of the future generations and just completed a $100 million campus to hold 2,400 students.

Another organization he founded was Sanctuary of Hope, a facility giving pregnant teenagers a home to live in and raise their children rather than aborting them.

He was also recognized by the state of Israel on its 70th anniversary as one of the 70 greatest contributors to Israel since statehood. After President Donald Trump moved the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Hagee was invited by U.S. Ambassador David Friedman to give the benediction at the embassy’s opening.

“One of the things we’ve said — when you look at what happened to Jewish people in the Holocaust — the church wasn’t a strong force to speak out. There were some who did, but we’ve taken that and decided to not remain silent and decided to speak up on behalf of Israel,” Gary added. “I recently saw a news headline saying how anti-Semitic attacks are at a historically high level, and that must be addressed.”

Mary Trenum explained the goal of the Night to Honor Israel events is to educate the public about Israel’s importance, but also to raise awareness of the prevalence of anti-Semitic groups as well as to show support from the Christian community.

Pastor Lyndon Allen, CUFI central regional coordinator, explained how CUFI not only hosts events, but also works toward pushing legislation favoring Israel.

“Constituents will press elected officials to ensure they create policy that’s favorable toward Israel. What we’re trying to avoid is what Hitler achieved 85 years ago by silencing the church, which thus silenced the voice politically regarding his activity,” Allen said. “We were voraciously against legislation like the Iran nuclear deal, and eventually got that off the table thanks to the current administration.”

Allen stressed how CUFI is a bipartisan organization, which seeks to work with all political parties toward the betterment and support of Israel.

In addition to Hagee speaking, the bluegrass Southern gospel group, The Isaacs, will be performing as well.

The East Tennessee Night to Honor Israel is a free event, and Mary Trenum implores Cleveland residents to come out and stand in support of the Jewish people, while also hearing from a prominent speaker and talented musical group.

“Cleveland is very blessed, because pastor Hagee doesn’t do many events,” the local pastor said. “Attendees will also be encouraged by his message and encouraged to go out and make a difference.”

The organization hopes to have a Night to Honor Israel in Chattanooga next year.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The event begins at 7 p.m. Omega Center International is located at 410 Urbane Road.

For more information, go to https://www.cufi.org/. You can also follow CUFI through its Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube pages. It has a weekly television program called “The Watchmen” on TVN on Friday nights.


Inset Quote:

“One of the things we’ve said — when you look at what happened to Jewish people in the Holocaust — the church wasn’t a strong force to speak out. There were some who did, but we’ve taken that and decided to not remain silent and decided to speak up on behalf of Israel. I recently saw a news headline saying how anti-Semitic attacks are at a historically high level, and that must be addressed.” — Pastor Gary Trenum

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