Thursday, 24 May, 2018

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 Sergey Orlov\TASS via Getty Images
Lillian Steele | 15 May, 2018, 16:19

President Donald Trump selected Southern Baptist Pastor Robert Jeffress to speak at the opening of the new USA embassy for Israel in Jerusalem, apparently disregarding - or perhaps because of - his intensely bigoted beliefs about Mormons, Jews, Muslims, and the LGBTQ community. Even among some who strongly supported the embassy move to Jerusalem, however, the Jeffress choice did not go over well.

"President Trump's announcement regarding the embassy move, made in the White House against the backdrop of a Christmas tree and beaming Vice President Pence, was a transparent move to pander to evangelical Christians in his political base", the group added.

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

Jeffress spoke out about Mormonism in the early stages of the 2012 Republican Presidential primaries. And that's not the message that I think many people associate with Pastor Jeffress.

CNN reported that Pastor John Hagee will also take part in the ceremony.

Monday's slated opening of the new embassy follows Trump's recognition in December of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a decision he said fulfilled decades of policy pledges in Washington and formalized realities on the ground.

During the campaign, audio from one of Hagee's sermons in the 1990s was leaked that seemed to suggest that Adolf Hitler had been fulfilling God's will by aiding the desire of Jews to return to Israel in accordance with biblical prophecy.

Laurie said in Psalms 122:6 Christians are commanded to "pray for the peace of Jerusalem" - "May those who love you be secure".

"As a Christian, I am called to stand with the Jewish people, so I will always remain an unapologetic supporter of the free and democratic State of Israel", Jentezen Franklin, senior pastor of Free Chapel Worship Center and its satellite campuses in Gainesville, Georgia, told Breitbart News.

Speaking on Fox News Radio, Jeffress said he had a specific plan for his prayer at the new embassy. "This is another example of a promise made, promise kept".

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

The move of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has been decided since 1995, but each president since then has postponed it.

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