Controversial pro-Trump pastor offers blessing at Jerusalem embassy opening

JERUSALEM ISRAEL- MAY 8 2018 A road sign indicating the direction of the US Embassy in Jerusalem. Sergey Orlov  TASS

He's said the same about Islam.

"I believe, Father, I speak for every one of us when I say we thank you every day that you have given us a president who boldly stands on the right side of history, but more importantly stands on the right side of you, God, when it comes to Israel", Jeffress said in a blessing.

A leading Baptist minister who prayed at the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem is being attacked for past statements about other faiths.

He's the clerical representative of that system.

Not deterred, an unimpressed Jeffress responded to essentially say there's nothing to see here.

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Controversial pro-Trump pastor Robert Jeffress, whom Utah Senate candidate Mitt Romney known as a "non secular bigot" on Twitter, delivered a prayer on Monday on the dedication ceremony of the brand new United States Embassy in Jerusalem.

"Historic Christianity has taught for 2,000 years that salvation is through faith in Christ alone", he tweeted. "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 message was clear but Hagee said his position was misrepresented and "the ugliest of lies".

Big-name pastors also came to Jeffress' defense, including Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship in California. Afterward, Jeffress spoke with reporters and told them that the Mormon Church is a cult. "We sometimes use the same terminology but it has vastly different meanings and I just really encourage people now that they know Mormonism is a theological cult, to go ahead and do the research on their own", he said at the time. "And I'm also going to be thanking God for our President Donald Trump, who had the courage to do what no other USA president has done, and that is to officially recognize Jerusalem and to move the embassy". Then, he said he will thank God "for the strong leadership of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu" because he "is determined to protect his people".

Christian leaders in Jerusalem strongly criticized Trump's decision to move the embassy, warning that it would "yield increased hatred, conflict, violence and suffering in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, moving us farther from the goal of unity and deeper toward destructive division".

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