Controversial pro-Trump pastor offers blessing at Jerusalem embassy opening

Controversial pro-Trump pastor offers blessing at Jerusalem embassy opening

The role of Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, a Southern Baptist megachurch, underlines the significance of the Jerusalem event as an appeal to Christian conservatives, part of President Donald Trump's base of supporters. Jeffress said the president "stands on the right side of you, God, when it comes to Israel".

When Trump announced his decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem in December, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Center, said: "America's foreign policy, as it pertains to Israel, is coming into alignment with this biblical truth: Jerusalem is the eternal and indivisible capital of the Jewish state".

"Robert Jeffress says 'you can't be saved by being a Jew, ' and "Mormonism is a heresy from the pit of hell, '" Romney wrote". Islam, he said, "is a religion that promotes pedophelia, sex with children". This is another example of promise made, promise kept'.

She said: 'Personally, I know that in ignorance.myself, I have stated things that I should not have said and I profoundly apologise and repent and ask forgiveness from Almighty God for my statements that, though said in ignorance, have brought pain'.

The ADL, referring to the opening of the embassy, stated, "We need prayers of peace, hope, openness and respect".

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In a 2010 Politically Incorrect lecture series, Jeffress is reported to have said: "God sends good people to Hell".

Both Ivanka and Jared were seen embracing Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu shortly after their arrival.

Hagee came under the national political spotlight in 2008 for comments that prompted the then-Republican presidential candidate John McCain to reject his endorsement.

In the sermon, Hagee quoted from the Book of Jeremiah that "they the hunters should hunt them [the Jews] ... from every mountain and from every hill and from out of the holes of the rocks". "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. The message was clear but Hagee said his position was misrepresented and "the ugliest of lies".

"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.

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

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