A megachurch pastor says President Trump would have God’s blessing to act against North Korea, as do all rulers, according to biblical principles.
Dr. Robert Jeffress, an evangelical pastor at the First Baptist Church in Dallas, said as the ruler of a nation, President Trump has the right to eliminate the threat posed by North Korea.
“When it comes to how we should deal with evildoers, 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,” Dr. Jeffress said.
The evangelical pastor, who spoke at Trump’s inauguration, made the remarks during a telephone statement given to The Washington Post. Dr. Jeffress said he felt compelled to speak up after President Trump warned North Korea that the U.S. is prepared to answer threats with “fire and fury.”
Citing Romans 13, Dr. Jeffress said the passage “gives the government the authority to do whatever, whether it’s assassination, capital punishment or evil punishment, to quell the actions of evildoers like Kim Jong Un.”
On Todd Starnes’ website, the Fox News host reports that Dr. Jeffress was proud of the president’s “resoluteness” against North Korea. Reportedly, Dr. Jeffress said he is glad that President Trump isn’t going to tolerate threats against Americans.
“When President Trump draws a red line, he will not erase it, move it, or back away from it,” Dr. Jeffress said. “Thank God for a president who is serious about protecting our country.”
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) August 9, 2017
Trump has received varying reactions to his statement. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) disagreed with the president’s remarks – suggesting renewed diplomacy – while Defense Secretary James Mattis echoed the president’s warning, saying, “The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.”
Last month, the choir at Dr. Jeffress’ church sang a song called “Make America Great Again” as a tribute to Trump’s agenda during the “Celebrate Freedom Rally” at the Kennedy Center.
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