Robert Jeffress prays blessing at opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem


In his prayer, Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, called it a "momentous occasion in the life of your people and in the history of our world" in the ceremony's opening prayer.

Pastor Robert Jeffress "says he believes all Jews are going to hell", Smith noted, and has uttered similar condemnations of Islam. Jeffress said the president "stands on the right side of you, God, when it comes to Israel".

"Islam is a false religion", Smith said, quoting Jeffress.

Late Sunday evening, Romney tweeted that Jeffress is "a bigot" and shouldn't "be giving the prayer that opens up" the embassy.

A Christian filmmaker has taken the time to define "bigotry" for Utah Senate candidate Mitt Romney after the Mormon politician issued a statement that appeared to demand that a Christian pastor express views that are non-Christian.

Prior to now, he's mentioned that President Barack Obama's insurance policies are "paving the way in which for the Antichrist", and that Islam "is a faith that promotes pedophilia".

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

Kushner and Trump, who both act as senior advisers to President Trump, are in Israel as part of the American delegation celebrating the moving of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. 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. Some support Jerusalem as Israel's capital because they interpret that as being consistent with New Testament prophecies related to the second coming of the Messiah, when Jews, along with other non-Christians, convert or be destroyed. Jeffress also stated he would "express gratitude for our tremendous President, Donald Trump". "The fact that I, along with millions of evangelical Christians around the world, espouse that belief is neither bigoted or newsworthy".

If that's not enough to make your head spin, Christians United for Israel founder Pastor John Hagee will deliver a closing blessing at the ceremony.

In his ceremonial prayer, Jeffress thanked God "for your providential and powerful protection of this nation from all who would seek to destroy her".

"Mitt Romney is a Mormon, and don't let anybody tell you otherwise", Jeffress said in September 2007, according to The Dallas Morning News. The message was clear but Hagee said his position was misrepresented and "the ugliest of lies". "We sometimes use the same terminology but it has vastly different meanings and I just really encourage people now that they know Mormonism is a theological cult, to go ahead and do the research on their own", he said at the time.