Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, a Southern Baptist megachurch, is a Fox News contributor, an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump, and host of radio and television shows broadcast throughout the United States.
Romney had a particular problem with Jeffress saying, "you can't be saved by being a Jew" and "Mormonism is a heresy from the pit of hell".
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. "You know, 4,000 years ago God said to Abraham that He would make him the father of a great nation that would be a blessing to all the nations on the earth", Jeffress said. He told Fox & Friends that he intends to pray for three things. "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.
In a tweet Sunday night, the former MA governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee criticized Dallas minister Robert Jeffress for his remarks about Jews, Mormons and Islam.
"Mormonism has never been considered a part of historic Christianity".
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Speaking with The Christian Post in 2011 about the controversy he had garnered from calling Mormonism a "cult", Jeffress said that what people find offensive is the notion that not everyone is going to Heaven.
The hate-filled pastor has also said the Catholic Church is following Satan's path and that Barack Obama was "paving the way" for the arrival of the antichrist.
The relocation of the embassy marks a virtually three decade departure from US global coverage and has been largely regarded by evangelical Christians as a significant victory for the Trump administration. Jeffress said the Bible declares that "God will judge any nation that divides the land that God gave to Israel".
Christian leaders in Jerusalem strongly criticized Trump's decision to move the embassy, warning that it would "yield increased hatred, conflict, violence and suffering in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, moving us farther from the goal of unity and deeper toward destructive division".