DALLAS — Dr. Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Dallas, releases the following statement, in response to Friday’s attack on Coptic Christians in Cairo:
“President Trump is right. This is a battle between good and evil and that evil aims to kill every Christian in the Middle East. If the world doesn’t do more in defense of persecuted Christians we are going to see tens of thousands more die, quickly. Let’s be clear: Islamic terrorists want to do to Christians in Egypt exactly what they did to them in Iraq and in Syria. In fact, they are already doing it. Hundreds of families have already been displaced from North Sinai, and multiple suicide bombings have killed dozens already this year. Christians in the west must speak up more loudly for Christians in the east, and we mustn’t forget that the terrorists would kill everyone of us if they had the chance. Thank God we finally have a President who isn’t ashamed to raise his voice for persecuted Christians, but that’s not enough. The church must raise our voice as well because God’s word tells us ‘if one member of the body suffers, we all suffer.’ We join today in the Apostle Paul’s 2000-year-old prayer request for the persecuted church, ‘pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people.’ (2 Thess. 3:2).”
Dr. Robert Jeffress is a best-selling author of 24 books, a nationally and internationally syndicated TV and radio host and the senior pastor of First Baptist Church 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 forthcoming book, “A Place Called Heaven: 10 Surprising Truths About Your Eternal Home,” will release September 2017. He is an evangelical advisor to the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump.