Megachurch pastor and Donald Trump’s spiritual advisor Robert Jeffress has fired back at Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska after he seemingly accused the pastor of politicizing Sunday worship by inviting conservative, pro-Trump Fox News host Sean Hannity to speak at First Baptist Dallas this Sunday.
Sasse posted his disapproval of Hannity being invited to speak at the 12,000-member megachurch during service this Sunday in a series of tweets on Saturday. In the first tweet, the senator asked: “Christians: Are we really this ignorant of the Scriptures?” He cited John 18:36: “Jesus answered, ‘My Kingdom is not of this world.'”
In another tweet, the 45-year-old Sasse added: “By the way, we’re talking about Sunday here… (You can be free from politics.)”
Sasse also retweeted a tweet from Michael Wear, who headed the faith outreach of President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign, which referred to the Hannity invite, “Politics as Religion, Religion as Politics.”
“[T]ruly sad,” Sasse wrote in response.
Both Jeffress and Hannity did not take too kindly to Sasse’s tweets.
“Jesus also said His followers are to influence the world for good (Matt. 5:13-16),” Jeffress wrote in a tweet directed at Sasse on Sunday afternoon following the service.
Hannity followed up with a tweet of his own.
A video of Jeffress’ on-stage interview with Hannity shows that Hannity’s time in the spotlight during the Sunday service lasted less than 15 minutes.
Jeffress told The Christian Post that his interview with Hannity was just a small portion of the service and did not take away from worship.
“[The interview] was part of a bigger day,” Jeffress told CP on Sunday.
SOURCE: Samuel Smith