Robert Jeffress Responds to Romney

EXCLUSIVE: American Christians Celebrate Historic Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem

Among the many speakers chosen by the Trump administration to preach at Monday's celebration were Pastor Robert Jeffress, a Fox News contributor, megachurch Baptist preacher, and close Trump ally and surrogate.

In a Fox News debate, Jeffress defending his support for Trump by telling analyst Juan Williams that backing Hillary Clinton would send him to the lowest depths of hell.

"Israel is a sovereign nation with the right like any other nation to determine its own capital", Trump said in a video greeting at the embassy ceremony."Today we follow through on this recognition and open our embassy in the historic and sacred land of Jerusalem".

Pastor Jeffress is a strong supporter of both President Trump and the current Israeli government.

Shah was also asked to give clarification on how it "came to be" that Jeffress was asked to give a prayer at the ceremony. "And that is that faith alone in Jesus Christ is the exclusive way to Heaven", Jeffress told Shannon Bream.

The right-wing pastor has in past called Islam a "false religion", threatened Jews with hell and likened homosexuality to a "perversion".

Jeffress' participation in the program, announced last week, renewed attention to past comments he has made about non-Christian faiths. Jeffress delivered a sermon at a private church service just prior to Trump's inauguration in January 2017.

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Opposing Mitt Romney's nomination, Jeffress said in 2011 that he sees Mormonism as a "theological cult", and not a real religion, as he was rallying behind governor Rick Perry during 2012 presidential race.

"If I am going to hell, Juan - like you say I am for supporting Donald Trump - then that means you're going to be a hundred floors below me for supporting Hillary Clinton", he added. "Many of those comments are either manufactured or ripped out of context".

Along with backing Netanyahu's government and Trump's embassy move, Jeffress was reported to have vehemently supported the USA president during his 2016 campaign as a member of the then presidential candidate's evangelical advisory board.

The only major Republican to complain was Mitt Romney.

They landed in Israel Sunday morning ahead of the US Embassy opening in the capital.

"It's really an unfair attack that you have to be bigoted to believe what I believe", Jeffress said.

For many evangelical Christians, the issues of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and relocating the US embassy to that city have been top priority for years.

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