Ted Cruz gets support of well-loved black evangelical leader who cites his 'authentic faith in Jesus Christ'

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks at a campaign stop in Johnston, Iowa, on Dec. 4, 2015.Reuters

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has just won over another prominent evangelical leader. This time, the Texas senator received the endorsement of one of Virginia's most well-loved African-American pastors—Bishop. E.W. Jackson of Fall Church.

Jackson raved about Cruz's "authentic faith in Jesus Christ" and has committed to back him up in his quest for the White House.

"It is absolutely essential and urgent that we elect a godly President who reveres our Constitution, honours our Judeo-Christian values and respects the freedom of the American people. After eight years of 'fundamental transformation,' we need a leader who will dedicate himself to restoring the fundamentals of America. I urge every American, especially Christians, to elect Ted Cruz as the next President of the United States," Jackson said in a statement to Conservative HQ.

Jackson strongly believes that Cruz would work well with Christian ministries to help relieve America's inner cities of poverty and crime.

"Senator Cruz knows that 'central planning' by Washington elites will never match the ingenuity and effectiveness of free market capitalism working hand-in-hand with people of faith to restore cultural values and bring prosperity to the most needy people in our country," he further said.

Jackson stressed that America needs a president who is willing to end the "cycle of poverty, violence and despair in the inner city by marshalling the goodwill and resources of the private sector—churches, businesses, nonprofits and private schools."

He even went as far as comparing Cruz's faith in God to the ones expressed by former American leaders such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Ronald Reagan.

"Faith in Jesus Christ has been central to his life, long before he ever ran for office. I have no doubt that he will defend our religious liberty, our Second Amendment rights and our right to be free from unlawful government intrusion and control. I urge fellow evangelicals in Iowa to go to the caucuses and vote for Cruz," said Jackson.

Prior to Jackson's endorsement, Cruz already won over Focus on the Family's Dr. James Dobson, who raved about the senator's political know-how and articulateness. Cruz also received the nod of the National Organization for Marriage which cited him for being a "proven champion" of marriage.