"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.
New information about North Korea's advancements in its nuclear program and news that Pyongyang is considering an attack on a us military base in Guam led to President Trump's comments that continued threats from North Korea would be met with "fire and fury like the world has never seen".
"That gives the government to 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 was quoted as saying. Jeffress brushed that off to the Post, saying the command applies only to Christian individuals, not governments.
Absolutely, and the reason I've issued this statement, and it's caused quite a bit of controversy over the last twenty four hours, the reason I did this is I knew the president's comments about fire and fury would be met with fire in fury, not just from the left but from misguided Christians who really don't understand what the bible says about the use of force. "God instructed Nehemiah to build a wall around Jerusalem to protect its citizens from enemy attack". "You see, God is not against building walls", Jeffress said in his sermon at St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington. He has said in the past that former president Barack Obama paved the way for the antichrist and drew wide attention for calling Mormonism a cult during the 2012 Republican primary.
"Some Christians, perhaps younger Christians, have to think this through", he said.
Now the Southern Baptist pastor is making the Biblical case in support of a strike on North Korea.
Steve Herman, White House correspondent for Voice of America, suggested that Trump's global promotion of Fox's journalism could reinforce long-held assumptions in North Korea that the United States government tells the media what to say.
It turns out that President Trump's "fire and fury" line was actually completely improvised, according to the New York Times.
I've been with him in a variety of settings, we've talked about a variety of issues.