The Rev. John Hagee, a nationally known pastor from San Antonio, Texas, told a gathering at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg on Sunday night that America must win the war against terrorists who embrace radical Islam.
“Right now America is at a crossroads,” said Hagee, who heads Christians United For Israel. “The Third World War has begun.”
Hagee said America’s current enemy has no fear of death and is motivated by a desire for world domination at any cost.
“Ladies and gentlemen, America is at war with radical Islam,” Hagee said. “Jihad has come to America. If we lose the war to Islamic fascism, it will change the world as we know it.”
Hagee said the battle lines are not always clear.
“People say ‘When is the army coming.’ The army is not coming. It’s here,” he said. “They are waiting to respond as terrorist cells against this nation. It is a war between the culture of death and the culture of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is a war that we must win, period.”
Hagee, who has a television ministry that originates from Cornerstone Church, said there is no way to appease this adversary.
Radical sects, which include about 200 million Islamics, believe they have a command from God to kills Christians and Jews, he said.
“Our crisis is that half of America doesn’t know the war has started,” Hagee said. “This is a religious war.”
He said it is a battle brought on by deep seeded cultural differences.
“They hate us because we are free,” Hagee said. “They hate us because it is their religious duty to hate us. They are trained from the breast of their mother to hate us. Radical Islam is a doctrine of death. It is their desire, it is their hope, it is their ambition, it is their highest honor to die in a war against infidels. And you
are ‘infidels’ and there is nothing you can do to accommodate them. That’s what makes them so dangerous.”
Hagee said the recent plot in England to blow up airliners shows how motivated radical Islamics are to kill those they consider “infidels.” Recent news reports said two of the 24 suspects were going to use their children’s baby bottles to hold explosive liquids.
“They were going to use the child’s baby bottle as a liquid bomb to destroy themselves, their children and everyone on the plane,” he said. “It was going to be mass murder on a scale of monumental proportions. It was an act of war. They are ruthless, single-minded and totally committed.”
Hagee said the United States, England, France and other free nations are all targets for Islamic extremists.
“They have not moved to France to become French,” he said. “They came to France to get France to submit to Islam.”
Hagee said the “serpent’s head” of radical Islam is Iran, which has been gleaning support from both Russia and China.
“Russia is all over the Middle East in an antagonistic position against the United States,” Hagee said. “Our president and our government needs to wake up and smell the coffee. Mr. (Vladamir) Putin is not for us, he’s against us.”
Hagee said Iran’s nuclear ambitions present a significant danger to the world.
Hagee said Iran was behind the recent war between Hezbollah and Israel.
“They gave Syria 14,000 missiles and $100 million,” he said. “Those missiles were given to Hezbollah.”
Hagee said Iran started the war to shift world focus away from its nuclear program.
“What’s happening with Hezbollah is nothing more than Iran’s long arm reaching out in the Middle East,” he said. “What is happening in Iraq is nothing more than Iran’s long arm reaching out and sticking a finger in the eye of the United States of America. If freedom wins in Iraq, radical Islam is finished. I’m proud of our troops in Iraq.”
Hagee said he doubts the current cease-fire in Lebanon will hold.
“In a matter of weeks or months, the war will start again,” he said.
“We as a nation are at war with a determined enemy. It is time for America to realize that we must win this war at all costs.”
Hagee said Iran has the resources and the desire to purchase nuclear weapons.
“Iran is swimming in oil money that came from your gas tank,” he said.