"In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong-Un".
"That 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 said.More news: Dilip Kumar discharged from hospital
"But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason", the passage continues.
That selection warns that governing authorities are "established by God" and are "agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer". "He has been very threatening beyond a normal state, and as I said, they will be met with the fire and fury and, frankly, power the likes of which this world has never seen before".
Jeffress' comments did not sit well with some conservative Christians, like Ryan Anderson, a senior fellow at the conservative think-tank The Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C.
The biblical passage Romans 13 gives the government authority to deal with evildoers, Jeffress said.More news: Houston Nutt's Lawsuit Against Ole Miss Dismissed by Judge
He went on to say that he really doesn't want the government to follow Biblical principles.
North Korea vowed Monday to strengthen its nuclear arsenal and "make the US pay a thousand-fold" in response to tough United Nations sanctions imposed following the country's recent test-launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles.
MSNBC analyst Evelyn Farkas said "President Trump sounds more like a North Korean Leader, unfortunately, than an American leader" on Nicole Wallace's show in response to Trump's alarming words for Pyongyang on Tuesday.
"Dr. Jeffress' reckless statement is an endorsement of a theology of war and in my opinion as a minister in the United Church of Christ is in direct contradiction to the teachings of Jesus, the prince of peace", he wrote.More news: China CPI inflation slows in July, factory gate prices steady
Jeffress has been invited to the White House multiple times and led a group of right-wing evangelical allies of Trump to issue a series of statements defending Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner against allegations of collusion with Russian officials during last year's election. In his 2014 book "Perfect Ending" he linked President Barack Obama to the Antichrist and he once called Mormonism a cult. "I believe we're all going to be forced to soon if North Korea isn't dealt with decisively".
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