DALLAS — Dr. Robert Jeffress, Pastor of the 13,000-member First Baptist Church of Dallas, issues the following statement in response to the shooting Saturday at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.
“I strongly condemn Saturday’s attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Our founding fathers built our country on the most precious of all freedoms, the freedom to worship God free of persecution, without compulsion and in safety. Attacks on any faith are wrong and reprehensible. It’s time to remember, as I pointed out in my book, Twilight’s Last Gleaming that true tolerance doesn’t require surrendering your own beliefs or deeming them unimportant or negotiable. Instead, true tolerance is respecting the right of others to be wrong.
“I know that Christians everywhere will join me in praying for the victims of this tragedy, in expressing our solidarity with the Jewish people, and deploring anti-Semitism in any form.”
Dr. Robert Jeffress is a best-selling author of 25 books, a nationally and internationally syndicated TV and radio host and the senior pastor of First Baptist Dallas, one of the largest and most influential churches in America. Pathway to Victory, Dr. Jeffress’ broadcast ministry, airs daily nationwide on more than 900 radio stations and is broadcast live to 195 countries. His latest book, Choosing the Extraordinary Life: God’s 7 Secrets for Success and Significance, is available in bookstores everywhere. He is an evangelical adviser to the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump.