American Christians Celebrate Historic Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem

Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress to give prayer at US Embassy opening in Jerusalem

The Rev. Robert Jeffress, leader of a Southern Baptist church near Dallas and a spiritual adviser to President Donald Trump, delivered the invocation at the ceremony in Jerusalem, attended by an official USA delegation featuring Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner.

"I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel", Trump said.

Jeffress, one of Trump's strongest evangelical supporters, also said that when evaluating candidates Christians should consider, "Is the candidate a Christian?"

Jeffress has said that Jews "can't be saved", that Catholicism is "satanic", that Mormonism is a "cult" and that Islam is "evil".

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, who heads the Jerusalem-based International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, credited the Christian community for playing a "critical" part in ensuring the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. So I think that he has a longstanding involvement with public officials. Israel was established largely as a secular state.

The other evangelical minister who gave the benediction at Monday's ceremony was John Hagee, also a Texas pastor and founder of Christians United for Israel. "For Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the embassy move comes as a gift in the midst of multiple corruption investigations in which he has been implicated".

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"Today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel's capital", Trump said later about his decision.

"You can't make the blessing on every 'kushi" you see - in America you see one every five minutes, so you make it only on a person with a white father and mother, ' he said, according to the Times of Israel.

Laurie said in Psalms 122:6 Christians are commanded to "pray for the peace of Jerusalem" - "May those who love you be secure". The message was clear but Hagee said his position was misrepresented and "the ugliest of lies".

Mitt Romney decried the pastor that President Trump chose for the dedication of the USA embassy in Jerusalem, calling him a "bigot" because of his comments against Mormonism and other faiths.

The move of the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has been decided since 1995, but each president since then has postponed it.

Jeffress spoke with Fox News Radio about his participation in the embassy opening. "While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver".

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