Romney Tweet about Robert Jeffress Falsely Paints Faithful Christians as Bigoted Extremists

EXCLUSIVE: American Christians Celebrate Historic Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem

Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress to give prayer at US Embassy opening in Jerusalem

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.

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

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

GJELTEN: A State Department official today defended the choice of Jeffress to pray at the embassy saying, Jerusalem is a holy city for millions of people around the world.

"Historic Christianity has taught for 2,000 years that salvation is through faith in Christ alone", he tweeted. Jeffress serves on Trump's evangelical advisory panel and preached at the family's private service on Inauguration Day.

It's located in part of the city that Palestinians believe should be the site of their own capital and that many global observers consider occupied territory seized by the Israeli government in 1967.

President Trump will not be in attendance.

President Trump announced December 6 that the US would formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in accordance with a law passed overwhelmingly by Congress in 1994 that had been waived every six months by the president for national security considerations.

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.

"You can't make the blessing on every 'kushi" you see - in America you see one every five minutes, so you make it only on a person with a white father and mother, ' he said, according to the Times of Israel.

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".

On Trump's ongoing feud with National Football League players protesting police mistreatment of African Americans, Jeffress declared the National Football League protests "absolutely wrong" and said the players should be "thanking God that they live in a country where they're not only free to earn millions of dollars every year, but they're also free from the worry of being shot in the head for taking a knee like they would be if they were in North Korea". Hagee said the new embassy made a clear statement: "Let every Islamic terrorist hear this message: 'Israel lives'".

Jeffress is slated to give the opening prayer at Monday's ceremony. And that came through in Jeffress' prayer to God.

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