Trump administration officials attended the opening ceremony of the controversial new us embassy in Jerusalem on Monday - and invited several extreme Religious Right figures to play a major role in the events.
The statement continued, "Jeffress is an unrepentant religious bigot who has a history of making hateful comments about Jews, Muslims, Christian and other religions, who has said, 'you can't be saved by being a Jew, ' and 'Mormonism is a heresy from the pit of hell'". In 2010, he said that Judaism, along with Mormonism, Islam and Hinduism were religions, quote, "that lead people to an eternity of separation from God in hell".
Three months before the start of the 2008 Republican presidential primaries in 2008, Jeffress said in a sermon that the candidate Mitt Romney, a Mormon, was part of a cult.
In response, Jeffress told the network Mormonism "has never been considered a part of historic Christianity". "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".
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Dr. Jeffress told Starnes, "I think it's just sad that he is that bitter, I guess, over the 2012 election".
Trump decision to relocate the USA embassy from Tel Aviv went against the worldwide consensus that doing so appears to favor Israel's claim to Jerusalem in its decades-long struggle with Palestine.
Romney jumped onto social media to bash a Christian pastor, a Trump fan, who was selected by the president and his administration to deliver a prayer at the ceremony today in Jerusalem. "No one comes to the Father except through me", Caner said, according to Fox News. "I did not know of them before Rev. Hagee's endorsement, and I feel I must reject his endorsement as well". Hagee withdrew his endorsement, saying the critics were "grossly misrepresenting my position on issues most near and dear to my heart if it serves their political ambitions". "This is another example of promise made, promise kept".
And speaking of North Korea, Jeffress drew attention last August when he said Trump had divine authority from god to bomb North Korea.
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.
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