Controversial pro-Trump pastor offers blessing at Jerusalem embassy opening

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So they had a monkey as a son, a son like this, so you say the blessing on him'.

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The Dallas-based Southern Baptist is a megachurch founder and a staunch supporter of President Trump. At least 43 people died in today's protests, the most since the showdown began in March. On immigration, where other Christian leaders have called for compassion toward immigrants, particularly undocumented people brought here as children, Jeffress has defended Trump.

"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".

Jeffress also once said that "the dark dirty secret of Islam ..." Afterward, Jeffress spoke with reporters and told them that the Mormon Church is a cult.

"Outside the city of Jerusalem, Jesus Christ was crucified, resurrected from the dead, and when he returns the second time, is going to put his foot on the Mount of Olives in the city of Jerusalem", Hagee said. "I'm very grateful @robertjeffress boldly stands for Truth and is representing Jesus at the dedication of the Embassy in Jerusalem".

Prior to now, he's mentioned that President Barack Obama's insurance policies are "paving the way in which for the Antichrist", and that Islam "is a faith that promotes pedophilia". In 2010, he labeled Catholicism a "counterfeit religion" that comes not from Scripture but from a Babylonian mystery religion that entered and corrupted the early church.

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Jeffress responded with a statement insisting his views are in accord with Christian teaching.

"Historic Christianity has taught for 2,000 years that salvation is through faith in Christ alone." he wrote. And the fact that I and tens of millions of evangelical Christians still believe that is not bigoted and it's not newsworthy.

Jeffress is slated to give the opening prayer at Monday's ceremony. Palestinians and Israelis both claim Jerusalem as their capital.

Trump decision to relocate the United States embassy from Tel Aviv went against the global consensus that doing so appears to favor Israel's claim to Jerusalem in its decades-long struggle with Palestine.

"First of all I am going to take some time to thank God for His faithfulness to Israel for 4,000 years".

He ended the invocation "in the name and the spirit of the Prince of Peace, Jesus our Lord".

The decision by President Trump to move the embassy from Tel Aviv fulfilled a major campaign promise and handed a victory to hard-line pro-Israel Americans, as well as conservative and evangelical Christians who have long wanted the United States' diplomatic home to be in Jerusalem.

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