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One of President Trump’s religious advisers has released a statement saying Trump has God’s authority to “take out Kim Jong Un.”
After President Trump on Tuesday stated North Korea would be met with “fire and fury,” Robert Jeffress — who is the Evangelical head of the First Baptist Dallas megachurch — explained to CBN that the Bible is explicit in describing how to deal with evils of the world.
“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 via phone. “In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un.”
President Trump seemingly took the pastor’s words to heart on Tuesday when he spoke gravely of what would happen if tensions continue to escalate between the U.S. and hermit regime.
“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” Trump said during a Tuesday meeting on the opioid crisis during his vacation in Bedminster, New Jersey. “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
The country is also “carefully examining” plans for a possible missile attack on Guam, home to Andersen air force base. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson played down Trump’s fiery rhetoric on Wednesday, though, saying Trump was just trying to send a message to North Korea’s leader using language he would understand.
According to the Washington Post, Jeffress says that governing authorities are “established by God” and that gives them the authority to assassinate or use “capital punishment or evil punishment to stop evildoers like Kim Jong-Un.” Jeffress serves on Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Panel and has been known to speak out against gays, Muslims, Catholics and Mormon people — among others.