Controversial pro-Trump pastor offers blessing at Jerusalem embassy opening

EXCLUSIVE: American Christians Celebrate Historic Opening of US 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, '" Romney wrote".

In the past, he's said that President Barack Obama's policies are "paving the way for the Antichrist", and that Islam "is a religion that promotes pedophilia".

The Dallas pastor slated to lead a prayer at the opening of the USA embassy in Jerusalem has made derogatory remarks about Jews, Muslims, and Mormons.

The pastor is set to lead a prayer at the ceremony, during which he told Fox News Radio would recount "God's history of faithfulness to his people, the Israelites".

He's the clerical representative of that system.

Dallas First Baptist Church Pastor Robert Jeffress will be giving the dedication prayer Monday at the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, he announced in a video message to the church Sunday.

The White House invited Jeffress to participate in the opening of the embassy after it was moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, an invitation that was met by widespread criticism. "The fact that I, along with tens of millions of evangelical Christians around the world, continue to espouse that belief, is neither bigoted nor newsworthy".

"Historic Christianity has taught for 2,000 years that salvation is through faith in Christ alone", he tweeted. "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.

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. He said at the time, "The idea that Mormonism is a theological cult is not news either". Jeffress later told reporters that he did not understand the controversy surrounding his comments since they reflected the views held by most evangelicals. Jeffress, among the Religious Right leaders who lobbied hard for Trump to fulfill his campaign pledge to move the embassy, gushed that Trump is "the most faith-friendly president we've ever had". Trump announced in December that he was relocating the embassy to Jerusalem, a move that drew global condemnation and sparked concerns of a widening conflict in the Middle East.

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