Controversial pro-Trump pastor gives blessing at Jerusalem embassy opening

Posted May 14, 2018

In the past, he's said that President Barack Obama's policies are "paving the way for the Antichrist", and that Islam "is a religion that promotes pedophilia".

"Such a religious bigot should not be giving the prayer that opens the United States Embassy in Jerusalem", he said.

Jefress told Fox News Radio on Friday that he would be delivering the opening prayer at the dedication.

He's the clerical representative of that system.

In a Sunday evening tweet, former Gov. Mitt Romeny (R-MA and UT) railed against pastor Robert Jeffress, who is leading the prayer in Jerusalem as the new American embassy opens. "The truth that I, together with tens of hundreds of thousands of evangelical Christians all over the world, proceed to espouse that perception, is neither bigoted nor newsworthy".

The liberal group Media Matters reports on its website that Jeffress made the remarks cited by Romney in a 2011 speech at the conservative Values Voter Summit. "The choice of Jeffress sends exactly the wrong message".

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Jeffress endorsed Romney, who is Mormon, for president back in 2012, despite derogatory comments the pastor made at the time about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Jeffress was attacked for saying publicly what the Bible teaches; that faiths like Mormonism that add to the Bible are cults, and that any person who has not accepted Christ is not going to Heaven.

Big-name pastors also came to Jeffress' defense, including Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship in California.

He has also called Mormonism "a cult" that is not a true part of Christianity and said "you can't be saved by being a Jew", Haaretz reported.

During his remarks at the embassy opening, Jeffress expressed "gratitude for our tremendous President Donald Trump" the "strong leadership" of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and "pray for the peace of Jerusalem". Trump in December a year ago recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and announced an embassy move from Tel Aviv, prompting protests in the occupied Palestinian territories and several Muslim-majority countries.