Romney denounces pastor slated to speak at United States embassy in Jerusalem

Arturo Kim
May 14, 2018

Controversial pro-Trump pastor Robert Jeffress, whom Utah Senate candidate Mitt Romney known as a "non secular bigot" on Twitter, delivered a prayer on Monday on the dedication ceremony of the brand new United States Embassy in Jerusalem.

In an interview with the Christian Post at the end of 2016, Jeffress declared that President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry were "on the wrong side of God on this issue" when the USA chose not to veto a United Nations resolution on Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Robert Jeffress has been slammed as a "bigot" over comments he made on Islam, Mormonism and homosexuality.

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.

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

Jeffress told Todd Starnes of Fox News on Sunday that he was "stunned" by Romney's remarks. "The fact that I, along with millions of evangelical Christians around the world, espouse that belief is neither bigoted or newsworthy". "The choice of Jeffress sends exactly the wrong message". Jeffress later told reporters that he did not understand the controversy surrounding his comments since they reflected the views held by most evangelicals. Then, he said he will thank God "for the strong leadership of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu" because he "is determined to protect his people".

For what it's worth, Jeffress, who has called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints a "cult", endorsed Romney for president in 2012.

Jeffress, who is a member of Trump's Evangelical Advisor Board, has previously praised the president's decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, CNN reported. Trump in December past 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.

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