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

Geneva Stokes
May 14, 2018

Jeffress has a history of attacking Mitt Romney.

Jeffress, a Dallas-based pastor and known supporter of President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS paid Trump's Scottish resort for VIP hotel stays: report Michael Avenatti tweets, then deletes, Fox News booker's phone number Former Trump aide working with Russian company to lift USA sanctions: report MORE, said over the weekend that he would be leading the prayer at the dedication of the new embassy.

His comments refer to U.S. President Donald Trump inviting Jeffress to deliver a prayer at the opening of U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on Monday.

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

Senate candidate and former Presidential candidate Mitt Romney objected to the inclusion of Pastor Robert Jeffress in the opening of the new embassy in Jerusalem.

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Pastor Robert Jeffress, a faith adviser to President Donald Trump, is expected to speak at the opening of the new US Embassy in Jerusalem. "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.

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.

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

The pastor of First Baptist Dallas has been a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump and said that he had "courage that no other US president has" had to move the embassy from Tel Aviv.

Christian leaders in Jerusalem strongly criticized Trump's decision to move the embassy, warning that it would "yield increased hatred, conflict, violence and suffering in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, moving us farther from the goal of unity and deeper toward destructive division".

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