Pastor Mark Burns, a supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, pushed back against Pope Francis' comments about Trump on Feb. 18 (video below).
During his visit to Mexico, the Pope said of Trump: "A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not of building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the gospel,” notes RawStory.com.
“The Bible, throughout the scriptures, lists over and over again, the building of walls,” Burns told CNN. “I’m a little perplexed for the Pope to say that one who is building walls would be un-Christian when in reality the Vatican itself is 100 percent covered around a wall.”
However, CNN reports that the "Vatican does have walls, and some are quite large. But anyone can stroll through the Pope's front yard -- St. Peter's Square -- at nearly any time. Only metal detectors stand between the iconic landmark and the millions of tourists who come to see the historic headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church."
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Burns went on to quote Nehemiah 2:17 from the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament to justify building a wall (as Trump has called for between the U.S. and Mexico).
Nehemiah 2:17 refers to Jerusalem more than 2,000 years ago.
Burns also quoted Nehemiah 6:16, which refers to the enemies of the Jewish people in Biblical times.
Burns went on to say that the Pope was "being used as a pawn by the Mexican government to once again outwit the United States government and our current leadership."
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Trump's statement on his website also accused the Mexican government of "using the Pope as a pawn."
"It is Christ-like, I believe, to first make sure that those whom you are assigned to protect, you take care of first," Burns said.
However, there is no verse in the Bible in which Jesus creates a hierarchy of who is supposed to be protected, or calls for a country to a build a wall.
Evangelist Franklin Graham also pushed back on the Pope in a Feb. 18 message that he wrote on Facebook: "My advice to the Pontiff—reach out and build a bridge to Donald Trump. Who knows where he may be this time next year!"