Jeffress Prays 'For the Peace of Jerusalem' After Being Called 'Bigot'

16 May, 2018, 13:54 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Pastor Robert Jeffress

Dallas-based preacher Robert Jeffress told Fox News on Sunday night that he would be leading a prayer during the ceremony to open the new United States embassy in Israel, a controversial move that is guaranteed to stir violence in the occupied Palestinian lands.

Jeffress spoke about why the moment was so historic and significant while on Fox News.

"Historic Christianity has taught for 2,000 years that salvation is through faith in Christ alone", Jeffress tweeted May 14.

At the time, many in the media criticized the social conservative pastor for past comments he made about Muslims, Mormons, Jews, the LGBT community, Catholics and others.

In his prayer, Pastor Jeffress called it a "momentous occasion in the life of your people and in the history of our world" in the ceremony's opening prayer. The fact that I, along with tens of millions of evangelical Christians around the world, continue to espouse that belief, is neither bigoted nor newsworthy, ' Jeffress said in the tweet.

Opposing Mitt Romney's nomination, Jeffress said in 2011 that he sees Mormonism as a "theological cult", and not a real religion, as he was rallying behind governor Rick Perry during 2012 presidential race.

On his television show "Pathway" to Victory in 2010, Jeffress called the Catholic Church an instrument of Satan.

"This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality", Trump said.

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Jeffress, who was involved with Trump campaign since 2015, has been a part of Trump's inner circle and addressed his family in private just before the inauguration.

"Many of those comments [in Romney's tweet] are either manufactured or ripped out of context", Jeffress stated.

A number of prominent evangelical pastors have come to Jeffress' defense in light of Romney's criticism.

The ADL, referring to the opening of the embassy, stated, "We need prayers of peace, hope, openness and respect".

The anti-gay pastor and Fox News contributor had blatantly defended President Donald Trump's alleged affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels. He thanked God for Benjamin Netanyahu's strong leadership, and who is trying his best to protect Israel.

The move went against decades of foreign policy by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The Dallas-based Southern Baptist is a megachurch founder and a staunch supporter of President Trump.

"One of the men who gave a prayer before the ceremony in Jerusalem today says he believes all Jews are going to hell", the out newsman told viewers on his Shepard Smith Reporting program Monday night.

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