On Tuesday, Tea Party favorite Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) posted video of far-right Christian pastor Robert Jeffress delivering the opening prayer in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The controversial pastor was reportedly there in Washington at Gohmert’s request.
Jeffress is the head of First Baptist Church, a megachurch located in Dallas. In the past, the outspoken evangelical has called Mormonism a cult, creating waves during Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA)’s presidential run in 2012.
Jeffress is an adamant opponent of LGBT rights, saying that God has ruled on the topic and that there should be no further discussion of the issue. To allow LGBT Americans to have equal protection under the law, the pastor said, will fundamentally weaken the U.S. in the eyes of the world and of God and hasten the country’s downfall.
In his prayer on Thursday morning, Jeffress opened by reiterating his belief that his God is “the one true God, Lord over all creation.”
He went on to ask God to comfort those who serve Him in the government, to “reassure them that they are in this place of leadership because you have promoted them here.”
“Father, I pray you will grant these Representatives the wisdom to lead our nation” to serve the will of their Creator, not the will of men, “so that we may experience your blessings and not your judgment.”
After North Carolina Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx led the chamber in the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance, Rep. Gohmert took a moment to praise Jeffress.
“His opinions are ubiquitous on radio and television,” said Gohmert, “and his radio program Pathway to Victory.”
Gohmert called Jeffress “principled, brilliant, charitable” and said “his faith in God leaves no room for fear of man.”
Watch the video, embedded below: