A Christian minister who has disparaged Jews, Muslims and gays faced criticism as US President Donald Trump's administration invited him to lead a prayer Monday at the inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem.
Jeffress also once said that "the dark dirty secret of Islam ..."
During the 2012 presidential campaign, Jeffress criticized Romney's Mormon faith and labeled the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a "theological cult".
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".
Jeffress responded in a tweet of his own by defending his view that "salvation is through faith in Christ alone". Both Jeffress and Hagee have been big Trump supporters, and they help cement the affection that conservative evnagelicals, the core of Trump's base, have for the president. Mass protests broke out along the border fence with Gaza in the hours before the embassy opening on Monday, and Israeli soldiers shot and killed more than 50 Palestinians, the Health Ministry reported.
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"Jeffress said Mormonism has never been part of Christianity". And the fact that I and tens of millions of evangelical Christians still believe that is not bigoted and it's not newsworthy.
"We thank you, O Lord, for President Donald Trump's courage in acknowledging to the world a truth that was established 3,000 years ago - that Jerusalem is and always shall be the eternal capital of the Jewish people", Hagee said.
The Dallas pastor slated to lead a prayer at the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem has made derogatory remarks about Jews, Muslims, and Mormons.
Jeffress said in a February 6, 2017, video posted on his church's website that "the truth everyone headed to hell has rejected is that Jesus Christ is the only means by which a person may be saved". Hagee withdrew his endorsement, saying the critics were "grossly misrepresenting my position on issues most near and dear to my heart if it serves their political ambitions". Even among some who strongly supported the embassy move to Jerusalem, however, the Jeffress choice did not go over well.
Laurie told Breitbart News that Monday's dedication of the new U.S. Embassy sends a message around the world.
And speaking of North Korea, Jeffress drew attention last August when he said Trump had divine authority from god to bomb North Korea. "This is another example of promise made, promise kept".
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