Earlier this week, Pastor Robert Jeffress had to fight back after his church was forced to take down several pro-Christian billboards. He revealed that his mega-church, First Baptist Dallas, had come under fire for recent billboards that they had placed around the city.
Jeffress told CBN News that the billboards that were deemed questionable simply said: "America is a Christian Nation." According to the pastor, as soon as the billboards were put up a media outlet and several people began claiming that they were "hateful" and "divisive." One of the news outlets was "Dallas Morning News."
One of the articles claiming that the billboards were hateful had reportedly quoted Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. Additionally, the company who created the billboards, Outfront Media, took the boards down and canceled their contract with First Baptist. Their excuse was that the content was "anger-provoking" and they used the articles written by "Dallas Morning News" to prove that.
When Pastor Jeffress revealed the news about his church being under-fire for the billboards, he fought back. He said that the church has the right to publish their content, especially because it was in no way "hateful."
He told CBN, "Let's be very clear: We do not object to the billboard company's right to refuse to post our message. What we do object to is the city of Dallas, its mayor and any other officials indirectly interfering with our church's right to publish its own message."
He continued, "Our question is simply this: Did the city of Dallas directly or indirectly in any way threaten the billboard company? If so, I think that is action that is illegal."
The "America is a Christian Nation" billboard was a part of one of the church's sermons focused on Psalm 33:12: "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." The sermon is a part of "Freedom Sunday."
Jeffress said, "The gist of my message this coming Sunday is to point out the historical evidence that, in fact, our nation was founded by Orthodox Christians who believed that the future of our nation's well-being depended upon our adherence to Christian principles."
He continued, "'America is a Christian Nation' did not come from me. It originated from John Jay, the first chief justice of the Supreme Court, and was also found in two different Supreme Court rulings."
After the news of the billboard controversy was made public, Scott Goldstein, a spokesman for Mayor Rawling's office, said that the mayor had "no communication" with Outfront Media regarding the message.
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