A Texas evangelical pastor who was one of President TrumpDonald TrumpUS, South Korea reach agreement on cost-sharing for troops Graham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE’s most vocal backers is calling on Trump supporters to acknowledge President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenLawmakers, activists remember civil rights icons to mark 'Bloody Sunday' Fauci predicts high schoolers will receive coronavirus vaccinations this fall Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE’s victory, calling it a “chance to show that Christians are not hypocrites.”

The Dallas-based Robert Jeffress said in a Fox News column Wednesday that the former vice president’s victory is “a bitter pill to swallow” for “millions of Christians across our nation.”

However, Jeffress went on to argue that the "fact that God has established authorities means that by obeying the government, we obey God."


"It’s always easier to submit and to pray for someone when he was our preferred candidate. But the rubber really meets the road when the person who takes office is not the one we supported,” he wrote.

“Here is our chance to show that Christians are not hypocrites. We serve a God who remains on His throne, sovereignly reigning over every square inch of this vast universe,” he added. “We serve a God who loves us and will never leave or forsake us. And now we have the chance to show the consistency and constancy of our Christian witness to this world.”

Jeffress has a history of offensive and controversial statements.

"Islam is wrong, it is a heresy from the pit of hell. Mormonism is wrong, it is heresy from the pit of hell," he said during a 2011 interview. "Judaism — you know you can’t be saved being a Jew."

Jeffress has also said "it's hypocritical" for Trump critics such as Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump White House associate tied to Proud Boys before riot via cell phone data Greene sounds off on GOP after Hill story 'Bloody Sunday' to be commemorated for first time without John Lewis MORE (D-Calif.) to say they pray for the president.

The White House has refused to acknowledge the results of the election since Biden was projected as winning over the weekend, with Trump making baseless claims of fraud and the General Services Administration declining to sign off on beginning the transition process.

Republican allies and appointees of the president have also refused to accept Biden as president-elect. Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoIt will be Vice (or) President Harris against Gov. DeSantis in 2024 — bet on it DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Pompeo not ruling out 2024 White House bid MORE said Tuesday that the department would “transition into a second Trump administration,” and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats near pressure point on nixing filibuster  We need a voting rights workaround Biden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package MORE (R-Ky.) on Monday called for the president’s legal challenges to play out while declining to congratulate Biden.

A handful of Republicans have acknowledged Biden’s victory and called for the transition process to begin, including Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiGOP senator defends Cheney, Murkowski after Trump rebuke Trump promises to travel to Alaska to campaign against Murkowski GOP votes in unison against COVID-19 relief bill MORE (Alaska), Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeySasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote Philly GOP commissioner on censures: 'I would suggest they censure Republican elected officials who are lying' Toomey censured by several Pennsylvania county GOP committees over impeachment vote MORE (Pa.), Ben SasseBen SasseIs nonpartisan effectiveness still possible? Senators introduce bill creating technology partnerships to compete with China Garland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks MORE (Neb.) and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGraham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Democratic centrists flex power on Biden legislation Ron Johnson grinds Senate to halt, irritating many MORE (Utah).