Controversial pro-Trump pastor offers blessing at Jerusalem embassy opening

Controversial pro-Trump pastor offers blessing at Jerusalem embassy opening

Controversial pro-Trump pastor offers blessing at Jerusalem embassy opening

Not deterred, an unimpressed Jeffress responded to essentially say there's nothing to see here.

Jeffress has been a strong supporter of President Donald Trump, who made the decision in December to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the USA embassy there from Tel-Aviv. "Such a non secular bigot shouldn't be giving the prayer that opens america Embassy in Jerusalem".

Controversial pro-Trump pastor Robert Jeffress, whom Utah Senate candidate Mitt Romney called a "religious bigot" on Twitter, delivered a prayer on Monday at the dedication ceremony of the 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.

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When Romney ran for president in 2012, Jeffress caused some controversy by claiming during the primaries that Christians shouldn't support Romney because Mormonism is a "cult". "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". "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. He said at the time, "The idea that Mormonism is a theological cult is not news either".

Jeffress told Todd Starnes of Fox News on Sunday that he was "stunned" by Romney's remarks.

The move - which comes months after President Donald Trump promised to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital - has been welcomed by Israel and U.S. evangelicals, but Palestinians have condemned it. And I'm also going to be thanking God for our President Donald Trump, who had the courage to do what no other US President has done, and that is to officially recognize Jerusalem and to move the embassy. Jeffress said the Bible declares that "God will judge any nation that divides the land that God gave to Israel".

The hate-filled pastor has also said the Catholic Church is following Satan's path and that Barack Obama was "paving the way" for the arrival of the antichrist.

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