Notice, by the way, the prime source of the outrage, at least as far as the article is concerned, is the Anti-Defamation League. I don't know if that means anything, but I noticed it nonetheless. My question is the 'church crowd' part of the statement. Was he addressing the church crowd itself, as part of his own evangelical witness to a shared faith community? From the scant quote I'm given, paraphrased by the reporter, it sounds as if he was trying to explain to a Christian faith community that he was brother of all believers, regardless of race, and was calling upon all of those present to accept the faith - a common practice in evangelical Protestantism.
Of course ,in our pluralistic, tolerance, and diverse society, such statements of belief will not be accepted.