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.
"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", Romney, who is now a candidate for US Senate, said late Sunday on Twitter. "He's said the same about Islam".
During the 2012 presidential campaign, Jeffress criticized Romney's Mormon faith and labeled the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a "theological cult".
Jeffress responded swiftly to Romney, tweeting, "Historic Christianity has taught for two, 000 years that salvation is thru religion in Christ alone". Jeffress serves on Trump's evangelical advisory panel and preached at the family's private service on Inauguration Day. "The truth that I, together with tens of hundreds of thousands of evangelical Christians all over the world, proceed to espouse that perception, is neither bigoted nor newsworthy". The White House's casual disinterest in Israel's responsibility for these deaths is congruous with Jeffress' bigotry toward Muslims and non-Christians.
But critics say the move, which broke from nearly seven decades of U.S. policy, could risk peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, who both claim Jerusalem as their capital.
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Saeb Erekat, Palestine Liberation Organisation secretary-general, called it a "hostile act against worldwide law". Mr Netanyahu said: "President Trump, by recognising history, you have made history".
In the past decade, Jeffress has assumed a prominent role in conservative politics, appearing frequently on Fox News and urging in sermons and on television to elect a Christian as president.
Forward of the opening, not less than 40 Palestinians had been killed throughout protests that erupted on the border of Israel and Gaza.
Big-name pastors also came to Jeffress' defense, including Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship in California. Hagee withdrew his endorsement, saying the critics were "grossly misrepresenting my position on issues most near and dear to my heart if it serves their political ambitions". He's also said that Jews are going to hell, which makes him an awkward choice for this particular event. "No one comes to the Father except through me", Caner said, according to Fox News.
A 2008 recording from Hagee caught him proclaiming that Adolf Hitler was fulfilling God's plan to encourage Jews to return to Israel.
Saeb Erekat told the Voice of Palestine radio Monday that Trump violated a promise to hold off on moving the embassy to give peace talks a chance.