Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Controversial pro-Trump pastor gives blessing at Jerusalem embassy opening

EXCLUSIVE: American Christians Celebrate Historic Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress to give prayer at US Embassy opening in Jerusalem
Leonard Rios | 14 May, 2018, 20:41

Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, a Southern Baptist megachurch, is a Fox News contributor, an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump, and host of radio and television shows broadcast throughout the United States.

Jeffress, like many other Religious Right leaders, has opposed the "two-state solution", long an anchor of USA policy in the Middle East, because he believes that it would violate God's will for Israel to give up control of land in the West Bank to a future Palestinian state.

"Robert Jeffress says "you can't be saved by being a Jew", and "Mormonism is a heresy from the pit of hell".

The U.S. delegation in Jerusalem on Monday to celebrate the opening of the new American embassy includes an evangelical Christian pastor who once said Jews "can't be saved". After Romney became the Republican nominee, Jeffress revealed that he backed Romney as the "lesser of two evils" when Romney challenged former President Barack Obama for the White House in 2012.

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"I imagine, Father, I communicate for each one among us once I say we thanks every single day that you've given us a president who boldly stands on the best aspect of historical past, however extra importantly stands on the best aspect of you, God, with regards to Israel", Jeffress mentioned in a blessing.

"Historic Christianity has taught for 2,000 years that salvation is through faith in Christ alone", he tweeted. "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", Jeffries fired back at Romney. The message was clear but Hagee said his position was misrepresented and "the ugliest of lies".

Jeffress has also strongly criticized the Roman Catholic Church. Jeffress later told reporters that he did not understand the controversy surrounding his comments since they reflected the views held by most evangelicals. Trump in December previous year 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. Jeffress said the Bible declares that "God will judge any nation that divides the land that God gave to Israel".

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