Dr. Robert Jeffress, a noted evangelical minister set to deliver the opening prayer at the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, found himself under fire from 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Romney, a Mormon running for Senate in Utah, took to social media to call Jeffress a “religious bigot,” citing previous remarks made by the spiritual adviser to President Donald 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,” Romney tweeted. “Such a religious bigot should not be giving the prayer that opens the United States Embassy in Jerusalem.”
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
Not deterred, an unimpressed Jeffress responded to essentially say there’s nothing to see here.
“Historic Christianity has taught for 2,000 years that salvation is through faith in Christ alone,” he tweeted. “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.”
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
Dr. Emir Caner, president of Truett-McConnell University, a private Christian school, weighed in to say if Jeffress is a bigot, then so too is Jesus Christ.
“After all, if Jeffress is a bigot for declaring that there is only one way to heaven, so too was Jesus a bigot by declaring, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,” Caner said, according to Fox News.
For what it’s worth, Jeffress, who has called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints a “cult,” endorsed Romney for president in 2012.
With Trump making good on a campaign promise to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem, the White House delegation to Monday’s historic opening include senior advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
I am honored to join the delegation representing @POTUS, his Admin & the American people at this momentous ceremony commemorating the opening of our new US Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel. We will pray for the boundless potential of the US-Israel alliance & we will pray for peace. pic.twitter.com/ulYbJAfTcL
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) May 12, 2018
— Rabbi Shmuley (@RabbiShmuley) May 13, 2018
We are happy to host the distinguished US delegation in Israel representing President Trump: Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Jason Greenblatt, Amb. David Friedman, Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner. Welcome to Jerusalem – our capital! pic.twitter.com/uUwD6O80Vo
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) May 13, 2018
Romney had plenty of support online from the anti-Trump forces for his hit on the pro-Trump Baptist minister, but Christians seemed to have a different take.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
Is Romney basically calling every Southern Baptist a bigot, or am I missing something? https://t.co/g0vSN0WY7A
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) May 14, 2018
— Jack Graham (@jackngraham) May 14, 2018
That's not bigotry, Mitt, that's believing in your own religion. https://t.co/s1P8U7la0v
— Mr X the Ever-Living 🇸🇴 (@GlomarNeverDies) May 14, 2018
He's not a bigot, he's telling the TRUTH and the TRUTH hurts. The Mormon's another testament of christ is a lie. You've been duped by Joseph Smith, who's a false prophet just like muhammad. The Apostle Paul was PERFECTLY clear in Galatians 1:8. You're the bigot & playing politics https://t.co/l0H2H8jtfU
— Dr. Hart, DC 🇺🇸 (@ofccadjust) May 14, 2018
Mittens you choked when it mattered most!
— Dr Jane Ruby 🇺🇸 ❤️ (@DrJaneRuby) May 14, 2018
And not just evangelical Christians -ALL CHRISTIANS know and believe that Jesus is "the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by Him" John 14:6 Amen https://t.co/VaZHCiXZKR
— Cindy Mcleod (@seaeyemc) May 14, 2018
@MittRomney obviously has never researched what it is that Christians believe…. surely he wanted our votes when he ran for president. But he doesn’t need us anymore so he can say ignorant things. https://t.co/crGshHswG4
— Richie Crahal (@RCrahal) May 14, 2018
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