Embassy Preacher Slammed By Mitt Romney For Bigotry Against Mormons - And Jews

Along with backing Netanyahu's government and Trump's embassy move, Jeffress was reported to have vehemently supported the United States president during his 2016 campaign as a member of the then presidential candidate's evangelical advisory board. Jeffress also spoke before a Trump rally in September 2016, after which Trump said, "I love that guy!" "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. "Without President Trump's determination, resolve and courage we would not be here today", he said.

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".

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

Jeffress, the pastor of Dallas First Baptist Church and a member of Trump's evangelical advisory council, has a historical past of creating controversial remarks about faith, coverage and sexuality. Past U.S. presidents have historically declined to weigh in on the dispute over the city.

The move went against decades of foreign policy by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

He is said to have made more than 2,000 media appearances - regularly on the right-leaning Fox News cable channel - and has written 23 books.

A spokesman for Hagee's group, Ari Morgenstern, told CNN that the pastor gave the sermon based on the writings of a Jewish theologian, Rabbi Yissachar Shlomo Teichtal. (Many modern Muslim scholars disagree about her age.) The pastor has also said that Mormons, Muslims and Hindus "worship a false god".

Jefress told Fox News Radio on Friday that he would be delivering the opening prayer at the dedication.

"You don't have the right to call someone else a bigot for believing the words of Jesus Christ", Jeffress added, as Starnes asserted that Romney has just "smeared" millions of Christians "as religious bigots" with his attack on Jeffress. He said, "I think it's sad that Mitt feels the need to lash out in anger on such a historic day but it's not going to overshadow what is happening here. This is another example of promise made, promise kept".

Vanessa Coleman