Pastor Robert Jeffress of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, has said that while Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is doing a “great job” of attracting evangelical voters, he must hammer on the importance of appointing conservative justices to the Supreme Court.
“The good news for Trump is that according to the latest Pew poll, evangelicals prefer Trump by three-to-one over Hillary Clinton,” Jeffress said in an interview with Fox News on Sunday, referring to Pew statistics from July detailing evangelical support for Trump.
“So the danger is not that evangelicals are going to vote for Clinton, the danger is that they won’t turn out and vote at all, like they did in 2012 by the millions,” he said.
Jeffress added that Trump can do a few things to ensure that Evangelicals turn out to vote, and said that the most important thing, in his view, is to emphasize the point of appointing conservative justices to the Supreme Court.
“Many of the issues we evangelicals care about — the sanctity of life, religious liberty — are going to be decided by the Supreme Court. The next president will appoint anywhere between two to four justices,” the megachurch pastor predicted.
He explained that overall Trump is doing a “great job of reaching out to evangelicals,” and accused Mitt Romney and John McCain, the two previous GOP presidential nominees who both lost to President Obama, of having taken evangelicals for granted at the time.
Jeffress has been critical of Christians who have refused to back Trump, calling them “weak,” “namby-pamby” and too “proud” because they “can’t get over the fact that their candidate didn’t win” in the Republican primary.
The Texas pastor said in July that while Trump is “not exactly like us, at least he likes us.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post