Controversial pro-Trump pastor offers blessing at Jerusalem embassy opening

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

Jeffress, the pastor of Dallas First Baptist Church and a member of Trump's evangelical advisory council, has a historical past of creating controversial remarks about faith, coverage and sexuality.

"By recognizing Jerusalem and moving our embassy there, our country is saying what we know from history and the Bible, that Jerusalem has actually been the capital of Israel for 3,000 years", Jeffress told Fox News.

The U.S. delegation in Jerusalem on Monday to celebrate the opening of the new American embassy includes an evangelical Christian pastor who once said Jews "can't be saved".

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When Romney ran for president in 2012, Jeffress caused some controversy by claiming during the primaries that Christians shouldn't support Romney because Mormonism is a "cult". He brought up comments Jeffress made about other religions in the past and said it made him a poor choice for the occasion. "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", Jeffress said in the tweet.

Jeffress appeared on Fox News Sunday to proclaim the Godly actions that gave way to the new embassy. "People may disagree with that view, but it's not a view unique to me", he told NBC. Jeffress said he would "be thanking God for the strong leadership of Benjamin Netanyahu, who is absolutely determined to protect Israel".

While a coalition of Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant churches praised the Obama administration decision, many conservative evangelicals opposed it.

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He has also called Mormonism "a cult" that is not a true part of Christianity and said "you can't be saved by being a Jew", Haaretz reported.

The pastor of First Baptist Dallas has been a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump and said that he had "courage that no other USA president has" had to move the embassy from Tel Aviv. Trump in December previous year recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and announced an embassy move from Tel Aviv, prompting protests in the occupied Palestinian territories and several Muslim-majority countries.

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