Dr. Robert Jeffress, leader of the megachurch First Baptist Dallas, has weighed in with his opinion on the recent political turmoil surrounding President Donald Trump and the ongoing war of words between the U.S. and the North Korean leader. "In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong-Un".
"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.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) once said to associate with Robert Jeffress was "beneath the office of president of the United States". "God instructed Nehemiah to build a wall around Jerusalem to protect its citizens from enemy attack". The passage says that government authorities have been installed by God, and a ruler is the "servant of God to execute wrath on the wrongdoer".
A controversy soon followed, and much of the country learned of Jeffress' record of over-the-top extremism on issues throughout the so-called "culture war", with the Texas pastor having lashed out at everyone from gays to Mormons to Catholics.
"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. Jeffress knows his comments on North Korea could be considered controversial, even among fellow evangelicals. "It's antithetical to some of the mushy rhetoric you hear from some circles today".
Jeffress praised Trump for not tolerating North Korea's threats and panned his predecessor's handling of world affairs, saying former President Barack Obama had made "empty threats" and drawn "imaginary red lines" in dealing with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.
Trump waited to make any fresh points on the crisis with North Korea until several hours later.
I've been with him in a variety of settings, we've talked about a variety of issues.
"I think many evangelicals, like most Americans, really don't pay attention to global affairs", Jeffress said. Lindsey Graham said Trump would not hesitate to go to war with North Korea if threats continue.