Bigoted pastor Robert Jeffress appeared on Fox News Tuesday morning to deny that he is a bigot after Utah Senate candidate Mitt Romney blasted President Donald Trump for choosing the Dallas-based evangelical to deliver a prayer at the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.
Jeffress delivered the prayer on Monday as Israeli troops murdered over 50 Palestinian protesters.
Muslims object to the U.S. moving the embassy to Jerusalem because as a disputed city, Jerusalem is not recognized as the capital of Israel.
But it was outrageous that Jeffress was chosen to deliver a prayer at the opening because of what he has said about Jews in the past.
For instance, in 2011, Jeffress said:
“Every other religion in the world is wrong. Islam is wrong, it is a heresy from the pit of hell; Mormonism is wrong, it is a heresy from the pit of hell. Judaism, you can’t be saved being a Jew.”
Here’s the video of Jeffress’ vile remarks via YouTube.
Citing those remarks, Romney blasted Jeffress and declared that he should never have been chosen to represent the United States at the new embassy.
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
On Tuesday, Fox News asked Jeffress to respond, and he did so by denying that he is bigoted against Jews.
“I’ve never said anything derogatory about the Jewish people.
I want to be clear. I’m not a bigot, I’m not an extremist, but I do without apology embrace the most foundational belief of historic Christianity. And that is that faith alone in Jesus Christ is the exclusive way to Heaven. Jesus said ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me.’ Now people can disagree with Jesus’ words. Millions of them do, but the fact that I and hundreds of millions of evangelical Christians around the world believe what Jesus said about the way to heaven does not make us a bigot. This is not a surprising statement. The fact is this has been the teaching of the church for 2,000 years.”
People take my statements out of context. I think it’s sad that on such a historic date that Mitt Romney would feel the need to steal the spotlight by launching a vicious and unfounded attack against me.”
Here’s the video via YouTube.
Saying that every other religion except your own is wrong and that those who hold different religious beliefs are going to hell is the definition of religious bigotry.
Letting Jeffress say a prayer in Jerusalem despite his hostility to the Jewish faith must have been insulting to many Israelis. We must respect the Jewish belief that Jesus is not the son of God, a belief shared by Islam.
Besides, who’s to say that Christianity isn’t wrong?
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