Pastor Robert Jeffress appeared on Fox News after facing criticism for his participation in the ceremony commemorating the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.
On Monday morning, Mitt Romney took to Twitter to denounce Jeffress by invoking remarks he made about Jews and Mormonism, calling him a “religious bigot.” The Anti-Defamation League also expressed their dissent of Jeffress and his involvement in the ceremony.
Jeffress denied saying “anything derogatory about the Jewish people” and spoke at the ceremony about the “sameness” Jews and Christians have in believing the same God.
“I want to be clear. I’m not a bigot, I’m not an extremist, but I do without apology embrace the most foundational belief of historic Christianity. And that is that faith alone in Jesus Christ is the exclusive way to Heaven,” Jeffress told Shannon Bream. “Jesus said ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me.’ Now people can disagree with Jesus’ words. Millions of them do, but the fact that I and hundreds of millions of evangelical Christians around the world believe what Jesus said about the way to heaven does not make us a bigot. This is not a surprising statement. The fact is this has been the teaching of the church for 2,000 years.”
The Fox News contributor went on to say that his critics have taken him “out of context” and it’s “sad” that Romney felt the need to “steal the spotlight” by “launching a vicious and unfounded attack” against him.
Watch the clip above, via Fox News.
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