(JTA) — The Christian Zionist pastor of a significant church requested forgiveness for permitting the church to host an occasion the place Michael Flynn mentioned that america ought to solely have one faith.
“Final week I allowed an occasion to be held at Cornerstone Church by an outdoor group,” Pastor Matt Hagee mentioned in an announcement Thursday. “Regrettably, the group was not correctly vetted. It was not applicable to permit this occasion at our church. The Church is just not related to this group and doesn’t endorse their views.”
Hagee’s father is Pastor John Hagee, who based Christians United For Israel, the powerhouse Christian pro-Israel group.
The occasion passed off on Saturday and was a part of ReAwaken America, a Christian-themed talking tour backed by the Christian information community America Religion. Flynn, former President Donald Trump’s first nationwide safety adviser, gave a speech on the occasion calling for a single U.S. faith.
Flynn can also be some of the ardent defenders of Trump’s false declare that he received final yr’s presidential election.
“If we’re going to have one nation below God, which we should, we’ve got to have one faith,” Flynn mentioned. “One nation below God, and one faith below God.”
The church distanced itself from the rally earlier this week, however video subsequently emerged of Matt Hagee greeting the rally at its outset, which spurred the stronger assertion on Thursday. The rally had come below fireplace from different evangelical Christians as a result of it was political in nature and held in a church, and since it embraced a number of the most vituperative themes of the present second. The group chanted “Let’s Go Brandon,” a euphemism for an obscene phrase focusing on President Joe Biden.
“I used to be invited to welcome the group the place I thanked veterans for his or her service and thanked the group for his or her dedication to their religion,” Hagee mentioned in his assertion. “I deeply remorse, and ask forgiveness, for what passed off within the Cornerstone sanctuary on account of my oversight. Sooner or later, Cornerstone Church will be sure that organizations utilizing our facility are an applicable reflection of our mission and imaginative and prescient.”
Hagee’s father based Cornerstone and launched his signature “Nights to Honor Israel” on the church within the early Nineteen Eighties. These rallies and their reputation led the elder Hagee to discovered CUFI in 2006.
Jewish organizations together with the American Jewish Congress, the Anti-Defamation League, the Zionist Group of America and B’nai B’rith Worldwide have condemned Flynn’s remarks.