Pastor Robert Jeffress, Who Says Judaism Leads To Hell, Speaks At U.S. Embassy In Jerusalem
President Donald Trump called on Pastor Robert Jeffress of the First Baptist Church in Dallas to give a prayer at the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.
Jeffress, a conservative evangelical Christian, has a history of disparaging other religions, including Judaism in 2010, notes The Washington Post:
God sends good people to Hell. Not only do religions like Mormonism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism — not only do they lead people away from God, they lead people to an eternity of separation from God in Hell.
Also in 2010, Jeffress slammed the Catholic Church:
If you want to counterfeit a dollar bill, you don’t do it with purple paper and red ink, you’re not going to fool anybody with that. But if you want to counterfeit money, what you do is make it look closely related to the real thing as possible.
And that’s what Satan does with counterfeit religion. He uses, he steals, he appropriates all of the symbols of true biblical Christianity, and he changes it just enough in order to cause people to miss eternal life.
In 2011, Jeffress said he would not vote for Mitt Romney in 2012 because that would “give credibility to a cult.”
Romney reminded Jeffress of his bigotry on May 13:
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. Such a religious bigot should not be giving the prayer that opens the United States Embassy in Jerusalem.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) May 14, 2018
Jeffress responded on Twitter by claiming his words perfectly lined up with 2,000 of Christianity:
Historic Christianity has taught for 2,000 years that salvation is through faith in Christ alone. 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.
— Dr. Robert Jeffress (@robertjeffress) May 14, 2018