The First Baptist Church in downtown Dallas is a major religious institution within the Baptist faith, long powerful and influential. Its senior pastor, Robert Jeffress, made headlines in 2007 with a Sunday sermon calling Mitt Romney a member of a religious "cult." Specifically, he said this:
Mitt Romney is a Mormon, and don't let anybody tell you otherwise. Even though he talks about Jesus as his Lord and savior, he is not a Christian. Mormonism is not Christianity. Mormonism is a cult.
The original Dallas Morning News link to the above quote is here, but the URL is no longer available on the paper's website.
No matter, Jeffress keeps coming back for more. This past Sunday, just before President Obama's reelection day, Jeffress stood in the pulpit and let fly this gem (audio here).:
I want you to hear me tonight, I am not saying that President Obama is the Antichrist, I am not saying that at all. One reason I know he's not the Antichrist is the Antichrist is going to have much higher poll numbers when he comes. President Obama is not the Antichrist. But what I am saying is this: the course he is choosing to lead our nation is paving the way for the future reign of the Antichrist.
He went on:
That's why, ladies and gentlemen, I believe it is time for Christians to stand up and to push back against this evil that is overtaking our nation, to stand up and push back against these actions that are paving the way for the final world dictator. The best way to push back against unrighteousness is at the ballot box.
As Pastor Jeffress sees it, being politically conservative apparently trumps the supposed evils of non-Christian religious cultism. He should explain how or why, if he possibly can.