Rev. Jeffress: Bible Gives Trump 'Moral Authority' to Remove Kim Jong

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A man with no training and a craving for the apocalypse weighs in on a nuclear crisis. CC 3.0 Gage Skidmore

Jeffress said in a phone interview that he was prompted to make the statement after Trump said that if North Korea's threats to the United States continue, Pyongyang will be "met with fire and fury like the world has never seen".

The statement Tuesday night from the popular evangelical preacher who heads First Baptist Dallas comes on the heels of Trump's comments about continued nuclear threats from North Korea.

And I've made it very clear the bible gives President Trump the moral authority to use whatever force necessary, including assassination or war, to deal with evil doers like Kim Jong Un.

"In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un", Jeffress was quoted as saying by the Washington Post as saying.

According to the press release, the point of Jefffress' statement was to commend Trump for his "resoluteness against the regime and affirming his role as defender of the American people". "When President Trump draws a red line, he will not erase it, move it or back away from it", Jeffress said.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke to reporters Wednesday after President Donald Trump and North Korea traded escalating threats of "fire", with the North saying it was examining plans for attacking Guam to contain U.S. bases there.

The biblical passage Romans 13 gives the government authority to deal with evildoers, Jeffress said.

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When asked about a Bible verse that mentions not repaying evil for evil, he says that it only applies to Christians, not government.

President Donald Trump and Pastor Robert Jeffress participate in the Celebrate Freedom Rally on July 1 in Washington.

"Based on my previous discussions with #DPRK [North Korea] officials they believe news on CNN and other USA media can be dictated by U.S. government. that's the way it works in their country so they believe it's just as monolithic here", Herman posted in two tweets.

"Cannot use evil means to good end", Anderson wrote.

Predictably, most critiques of Jeffress's declaration have come from secular or liberal, pacifist Christian voices, implying that Jeffress represents orthodox and conservative Christianity.

"You promote a risky theology of war that goes against Prince of Peace who preached just peace", Currie wrote.

The Rev. Chuck Currie, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ who teaches at Pacific University, posted a tweet in reply to Jeffress.

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