Mark Harris, the former pastor at Charlotte’s First Baptist Church and a Republican candidate for the U.S. House, said in a 2011 sermon that there would be no peace in Jerusalem until Jews and Muslims convert to Christianity.
The content of the sermon and others that warn against Islam and the threat of Islamic rule were first reported by CNN on Friday, just days before Election Day on Tuesday, where Harris is locked in a tight race against Democratic candidate Dan McCready. Harris, 52, beat incumbent Rep. Robert Pittenger in the GOP primary for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District.
Both campaigns declined comment about the CNN story when contacted by The Charlotte Observer on Friday afternoon.
Harris’ sermons about the role of women attracted media attention earlier in the campaign.
“When will we understand that just as Jesus shared in the days when he walked on this earth, there will never be peace in Jerusalem until the day comes that every knee shall bow, every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord? To the glory of God the father. that’s what it’s going to take,” Harris said.
In other sermons, Harris preached about the evils of Islam.
“There is a satanic trinity of the dragon, the beast and the false prophet. Satan is always a counterfeit,” Harris said in a November 2010 sermon; “Listen to me, that is why the religion of Islam is so dangerous. It is the great counterfeit of our generation.