Trump’s evangelical advisor and Texas Megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress released a statement saying God has granted Trump the moral authority to “take out” the north Korean leader, Kim Jung Un.
Jeffress, a southern Baptist pastor who has close ties with Trump said, “When it comes to how we should deal with evil doers, the Bible, in the book of Romans, is very clear: God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary – including war – to stop evil. In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un.
The Washington Post, reports that, in a phone interview, Jeffress said that if threats against the United States continue, Pyongyang will be “met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
Trump’s pastor argued the biblical passage Romans 13 gives the government authority “…to do whatever, whether it’s assassination, capital punishment or evil punishment to quell the actions of evildoers like Kim Jong Un.”
He went on, saying that many pacifist Christians will cite Romans 12, which says, “Do not repay evil for evil,” but Jeffress insists that that passage refers to Christians, not to the government.
“A Christian writer asked me, ‘Don’t you want the president to embody the Sermon on the Mount?'” he said, referring to Jesus’ famous sermon. “I said absolutely not.”
This is coming from the man who said President Obama paved the way for the antichrist; and, in 2012, he referred to Mormonism as a cult during the GOP primary.
Jeffress addressed the idea that some younger evangelicals would frown upon Trump having authority to “‘take out” a world leader, and he argued “It’s antithetical to some of the mushy rhetoric you hear from some circles today. Frankly, it’s because they are not well taught in the scriptures.”
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