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Mitt Romney blasted the decision to have evangelical tele-Pastor Robert Jeffress, a Fox News contributor, give a blessing at the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, slated for Monday. Jeffress, the head of the First Baptist Dallas megachurch in Texas known for his controversial (if not outright loony) comments about other religions, believes Islam and Mormonism are cults and “a heresy from the pit of hell.” Romney, a Mormon and Senate candidate for Utah, took to Twitter to remind his followers of the pastor’s history: “Robert Jeffress says ‘you can’t be saved by being a Jew,’ and “Mormonism is a heresy from the pit of hell,'” Romney wrote. “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,” he said.
In comments to NBC News, Jeffress denied he was a “bigot,” but doubled down on his belief that Mormonism is “wrong” and that the the Southern Baptist Convention had designated it a “cult.” “Mormonism has never been considered a part of historic Christianity. People may disagree with that view, but it’s not a view unique to me,” he told NBC. [image via screengrab] — Follow Aidan McLaughlin (@aidnmclaughlin) on Twitter
Robert Jeffress says “you can’t be saved by being a Jew,“ and 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