Controversial US pastors take part in Jerusalem embassy opening

President Trump with Pastor Robert Jeffress during the Celebrate Freedom Rally in Washington DC

"Robert Jeffress says 'you can't be saved by being a Jew, ' and 'Mormonism is a heresy from the pit of hell.' He's said the same about Islam", Romney tweeted.

"His presence at the embassy ceremony is a reminder that there is a price to be paid for uncritical acceptance of pro-Israel figures whose attitude toward faith is inconsistent with religious freedom", he writes.

Romney, a Mormon running for Senate in Utah, took to social media to call Jeffress a "religious bigot", citing previous remarks made by the spiritual adviser to President Donald Trump.

Read the whole op-ed at this link. We find it amusing that the next person to be elected on that "path" was President Trump.

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

If that's not enough to make your head spin, Christians United for Israel founder Pastor John Hagee will deliver a closing blessing at the ceremony. "We sometimes use the same terminology but it has vastly different meanings and I just really encourage people now that they know Mormonism is a theological cult, to go ahead and do the research on their own", he said at the time.

Giving the opening prayer in the world's only Jewish nation, in a largely Muslim region, was a Dallas Southern Baptist preacher named Robert Jeffress.


The move of the embassy to the city is contentious for Palestinians, who hope to claim part of the city as their future capital, and for many in the Arab world, as it is home to some of the holiest sites in Islam, as well as those of Judaism and Christianity.

Hagee also has said that "to assert that I in any way condone the Holocaust or that monster Adolf Hitler is the biggest and ugliest of lies".

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".

While he did not address Romney's comments, the First Baptist pastor appeared on "Fox & Friends" on Monday morning and talked about his prayer at the opening of the embassy.

"In that prayer, I'm going to be recounting God's history of faithfulness to his people, the Israelites", he said.

Trump's daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner led the USA delegation for the embassy opening, which included Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. I'm going to be thanking God for the strong leadership of Benjamin Netanyahu, who is absolutely determined to protect Israel.

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