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

JERUSALEM ISRAEL- MAY 8 2018 A road sign indicating the direction of the US Embassy in Jerusalem. Sergey Orlov  TASS

JERUSALEM ISRAEL- MAY 8 2018 A road sign indicating the direction of the US Embassy in Jerusalem. Sergey Orlov TASS

Former GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney immediately took issue with the announcement.

Romney stated on his Twitter account Sunday that, "Robert Jeffress says 'you can't be saved by being a Jew", and 'Mormonism is a heresy from the pit of hell.' He's said the same about Islam.

Pastor Robert Jeffress, one of President Trump's most devoted supporters and defenders, said during a Dove TV interview on Thursday that he is going to be delivering the opening prayer on Monday at the opening of the new USA embassy in Israel in Jerusalem.

The Dallas-based Southern Baptist is a megachurch founder and a staunch supporter of President Trump. He preached at a private service for Trump and his family prior to his inauguration in January 2017. "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".

Jeffress and a number of major evangelical pastors have hit back against Romney, however, positioning that Jesus Christ being the only way for salvation is a view in line with Christian belief.

Gaza protesters killed ahead of U.S. embassy event in Jerusalem
Earlier, the Israeli army air-dropped leaflets over Gaza warning people not to approach the fence that separates Gaza from Israel. No fewer than 30 Palestinians have been reportedly killed by Israeli forces as protest erupts at Gaza Strip following U.S.

Jeffress endorsed Romney, who is Mormon, for president in 2012, The Hill reported. He said that Mormons, Muslims and Hindus "worship a false god", and that Islam is "evil" and "promotes pedophilia".

Jeffress also stated he would "express gratitude for our tremendous President, Donald Trump". We find it amusing that the next person to be elected on that "path" was President Trump.

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

"I'm going to be thanking God for the strong leadership of Benjamin Netanyahu, who is absolutely determined to protect Israel", Jeffress said. "This is another example of promise made, promise kept". Christians United for Israel's John Hagee said that because of the embassy move, Trump "will be remembered for thousands of years". "You know, 4,000 years ago God said to Abraham that He would make him the father of a great nation that would be a blessing to all the nations on the earth", Jeffress said.

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