Trump Evangelical Adviser: Unlike Illegal Immigrants, Jesus Didn’t Break Laws!

WASHINGTON DC - JULY 27: Pastor Paula White, a Pentecostal Christian televangelist, speaks to guests at a meeting at the Trump International Hotel on July 27, 2017 in Washington, DC (Photo by Mary F. Calvert For Th... WASHINGTON DC - JULY 27: Pastor Paula White, a Pentecostal Christian televangelist, speaks to guests at a meeting at the Trump International Hotel on July 27, 2017 in Washington, DC (Photo by Mary F. Calvert For The Washington Post via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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July 11, 2018 11:12 a.m.

Pastor Paula White, chair of President Donald Trump’s evangelical advisory board, defended Trump’s child separation policy earlier this week by claiming that Jesus did not live in Egypt illegally, and that “he would not have been our Messiah” if he’d broken the law.

After gushing over how “amazing” the child detention center she visited was, White addressed immigration advocates’ point that Jesus himself was a refugee.

“Yes, he did live in Egypt for three-and-a-half years,” the televangelist told CBN News. “But it was not illegal.”

“If he had broken the law, then he would have been sinful and he would not have been our Messiah,” White added.

In fact, Jesus was famously crucified specifically for breaking the law by claiming to be the son of God. Before that, he was persecuted by religious leaders and the Romans for violating laws like resting on the Sabbath.

Several Christian leaders weren’t having it with White’s take:

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