Romney: Pastor Who Prayed At Embassy Opening A 'Religious Bigot'

Pastor Robert Jeffress

Romney: Pastor Who Prayed At Embassy Opening A 'Religious Bigot'

Some evangelicals believe that USA foreign policy should support Israel to help fulfil biblical prophecies about the second coming of Christ. Both Jeffress and Hagee have been big Trump supporters, and they help cement the affection that conservative evnagelicals, the core of Trump's base, have for the president.

The move of the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has been decided since 1995, but each president since then has postponed it.

The inaugural event itself spurred an outbreak of protests among Palestinians in Gaza, about 40 miles away from Jerusalem.

President Trump will not be in attendance.

Jeffress spoke out about Mormonism in the early stages of the 2012 Republican Presidential primaries. "Mormonism is wrong. It is a heresy from the pit of hell". According to Jeffress, "you can't be saved by being a Jew". The three greatest Jews in the New Testament: Peter, Paul and Jesus Christ.

While he did not address Romney's comments, the First Baptist pastor appeared on "Fox & Friends" on Monday morning and talked about his prayer at the opening of the embassy.

"Islam is a false religion", Smith said, quoting Jeffress. If Romney knew the Scriptures, he would know that the Jesus revealed in the Bible is not the brother of Lucifer, that God doesn't live on a distant planet with multiple wives, and that we are not all going to eventually become gods. Those sins included a gay pride parade that was scheduled for the same day Katrina made landfall.

The Messiah that Jeffress referred to is Jesus Christ, the Judeo-Christian prophet Jewish worshippers do not recognize as the Son of God.

He is said to have made more than 2,000 media appearances - regularly on the right-leaning Fox News cable channel - and has written 23 books. "Mormonism is a cult".

GJELTEN: A State Department official today defended the choice of Jeffress to pray at the embassy saying, Jerusalem is a holy city for millions of people around the world. But McCain later disavowed Hagee's endorsement after the pastor's past remarks about Hitler and the Holocaust surfaced. "Why did it happen?" And that came through in Jeffress' prayer to God.

Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, added: "Well".

"We wanted to highlight the problem in our community", Jeffress told The Associated Press in May 1998.

"People may disagree with that view, but it's not a view unique to me".

"These were comments ripped out of context from years ago", Jeffress said.

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