Pastor Robert Jeffress, of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, recently criticized Republicans who refuse to support GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, if he wins the party's nomination.
"I think the Bible has a word for people like that -- it's fools," Jeffress told The Christian Post on March 2.
Jeffress was upset about a #NeverTrump hashtag on social media that was promoted by Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska.
"It is absolutely foolish to do anything that would allow Hillary Clinton to become the next president of the United States … at least Donald Trump has voiced a belief in a pro-life movement, he has at least talked about religious liberty as he did last Friday, you don't hear either things coming from the lips of Hillary Clinton," Jeffress added.
"I believe any Christian who would sit at home and not vote for the Republican nominee … that person is being motivated by pride rather than principle and I think it would be a shame for people to allow Hillary Clinton four or eight years in the White House."
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, slammed Christian leaders for supporting Trump -- although he didn't specifically mention his name) -- in an op-ed for The Washington Post on Feb. 29.
Moore said in his opinion piece:
"The other problem is the behavior of some evangelical leaders. I have watched as some of these who gave stem-winding speeches about 'character' in office during the Clinton administration now minimize the spewing of profanities in campaign speeches, race-baiting and courting white supremacists, boasting of adulterous affairs, debauching public morality and justice through the casino and pornography industries.
"Why are many evangelical leaders, including some who pontificate on nearly everything else, scared silent as evangelicalism is associated with everything from authoritarianism and bigotry to violations of religious freedom? How can they look the other way in silence when politicians praise Planned Parenthood and demur about white supremacists and neo-Nazis?"