Texas Megachurch pastor and former Rick Perry supporter Robert Jeffress predicted on the Sunday before Election Day that President Obama’s re-election “would lead to the reign of the Antichrist” in the United States:
“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,” said Jeffress.
“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.”
Jeffress added that “it is time for Christians to stand up and to push back against this evil that is overtaking our nation” and to do so via “the ballot box.”
The pastor last stirred controversy in 2011, when he implied that Christians shouldn’t vote for Mitt Romney because Mormonism is a “cult.” “As evangelical Christians, we understand that Mormonism is not Christianity,” he said at the Values Voters Summit in October. “The decision for evangelical Christians right now is going to be do we prefer someone who is truly a believer in Jesus Christ or someone…who is a part of a cult.” During the same interview, Jeffers insisted that “70 percent of the gay population” has AIDS.
Romney ended up winning white evangelicals by “essentially the same percentage (79 percent) that he won Mormons (78 percent).”