Evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress claimed God "is not necessarily an open borders guy" while appearing on "Fox and Friends" Wednesday - where he is a paid contributor. Jeffress made the comments while on the program discussing a letter by Christian leaders imploring President Donald Trump to use “Christian compassion” when it comes to immigration.
Jeffress, a Southern Baptist pastor who leads a televised ministry in Dallas, serves as an informal advisor to Trump on faith-based issues and led Trump in prayer from the Oval Office after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas.
Media Matters for America compiled a clip of some of Jeffress's most extreme statements made on camera. The clip includes Jeffress saying the "the dark dirty secret of Islam is that it is a religion that promotes pedophilia." Jeffress also says "you can't be saved by being a Jew" and "Mormonism is heresy from the pit of hell."
Jeffress made headlines in August as well when he claimed the Bible gives Trump "moral authority to use whatever force necessary” against North Korea.
Here is Jeffress's full statement on immigration from Wednesday's "Fox and Friends":
“While Christian compassion is one consideration, it’s not the only consideration in the immigration problem. I mean, the Bible also says that God is the one who established nations and its borders. God is not necessarily an open borders guy, as a lot of people would think that he is. And thirdly, the Bible says God has ordained government to protect its citizens. So when you are talking about a biblical solution to immigration, yes, we need to talk about compassion, but we need to balance that with government’s real responsibility to protect its citizens.”
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