A former evangelist on Sunday lambasted evangelical Christians who were gleeful that President Donald Trump moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, believing it will precipitate the return of Jesus.
Appearing on MSNBC’s ‘AM Joy’ on Sunday morning, religious reform activist Frank Schaeffer was asked to comment on Pastor Robert Jeffress who was invited to speak at the embassy opening despite the fact that he has previously said Jews are condemned to Hell if they don’t convert.
Host Joy Reid began by pointing out that Jeffress said God let six million Jews perish in the Holocaust to get them to “come back to the land of Israel.”
“Why would these two groups be in the same space?” Reid asked. “Israelis and people who believe that they are going to Hell?”
“The reason they are in the same space — while Palestinians are being shot by snipers over a wall in a 60 to nothing confrontation where 60 Palestinians were killed and no Israeli soldiers are killed at that moment that that is going on — there are white evangelical Trump supporters talking about the embassy coming into Jerusalem as a sort of act of god,” Schaeffer explained.
“But actually it is not by chance,” he added. “The Israeli government and the present prime minister have made it clear that lobbying for the Jerusalem embassy and also support of Israel has focused on pandering to the extremists, the lunatic fringe. Forgive me, the moron fringe of the evangelical white movement in America that believes that Israel had to return to the original borders described in the Bible in order for Jesus to come back.”
“And by the way,” he noted. “When he does come back it is to burn most of the Jews who have not believed in him while he’s setting up the new Earth and the new heaven. So we are now looking at exactly what happens with so much evil in the world that comes down to tribalized religious thinking. ”
Watch the interview below: