Virginia’s GOP Lt. Gov. Candidate: Non-Christians ‘Engaged in Some Sort of False Religion’

The Republican Party’s candidate for lieutenant governor of Virginia, E.W. Jackson, is also a Chesapeake-area pastor. During his Sunday morning sermon this week, Jackson told his congregants that he believes people who do not follow Christian tenets are “engaged in some sort of false religion.”

“Any time you say, ‘There is no other means of salvation but through Jesus Christ, and if you don’t know him and you don’t follow him and you don’t go through him, you are engaged in some sort of false religion,’ that’s controversial,” Jackson conceded. “But it’s the truth.”

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The Washington Post, which obtained the audio of Jackson via a Democratic tracker, reached out to another pastor at Jackson’s church for comment. Pastor Jay Ahlemann told the Post that Jackson “did not set out to be offensive.”

“That was not a political speech,” Ahlemann said. “That was a Bible sermon.”

h/t The Washington Post

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