U.S. Senate candidate Mitt Romney called one of the two pastors who prayed during the United States’ embassy opening ceremony in Jerusalem a “religious bigot.”
Robert Jeffress is the pastor of a Southern Baptist megachurch in Dallas and offered a prayer at the event in Israel Monday.
Romney had a particular problem with Jeffress saying, “you can’t be saved by being a Jew” and “Mormonism is a heresy from the pit of hell.”
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
When Romney was running for president in 2012, Jeffress told Christians they shouldn’t vote for him because he is Mormon. He said that Mormons, Muslims and Hindus “worship a false god,” and that Islam is “evil” and “promotes pedophilia.”
Jeffress responded to Romney’s criticisms.
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
Jeffress has been a staunch supporter of the president and is a member of Trump’s evangelical advisory panel.