His name was plucked from relative obscurity during the campaign, and now — serving as one of President Donald Trump’s faith advisers — Pastor Robert Jeffress believes the commander in chief has the OK from heaven to ‘take out’ North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
“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,” Jeffress said in a statement. “In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un.”
Jeffress’s bold statement comes just after the president said Tuesday North Korea “will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen” if Kim Jong Un makes any more threats against the United States.
Jeffress, who pastors a large church in Dallas, Texas, and spoke during Trump’s inauguration, said Romans 13 gives the government authority to confront evildoers:
Do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.
“That [Scripture] 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,” Jeffress claimed.
The pastor explained that Christians wary of getting involved in war will reference Romans 12:17, which reads, “Do not repay anyone evil for evil.” That verse, though, applies to individuals — not governments, according to Jeffress.
On the campaign trail, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr., a staunch supporter of Trump, often said: “We’re not electing a pastor. We’re electing a president.”
Jeffress seems to feel the same way:
“A Christian writer asked me, ‘Don’t you want the president to embody the Sermon on the Mount?’” Jeffress recalled, referring to Jesus’s message in Matthew 5-7. “I said absolutely not.”