Popular pastor says God has given Trump “authority to take out Kim Jong-Un"
Logos Post News Desk — In response to the president’s statement yesterday that if North Korea continues to threaten the U.S. then they will “be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen,” Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas and evangelical adviser to the president, released a statement commending President Trump’s resoluteness against the regime and affirming his role as defender of the American people.
“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. In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong-Un. I’m heartened to see that our president — contrary to what we’ve seen with past administrations who have taken, at best, a sheepish stance toward dictators and oppressors — will not tolerate any threat against the American people. When President Trump draws a red line, he will not erase it, move it, or back away from it. Thank God for a President who is serious about protecting our country.”
Not all evangelical pastors see things in this way, however. Carlos Rodriguez of HappySonShip.com and a pastor within the Catch the Fire Network out of Toronto, CA said the people of North Korea don't need a nuclear bomb, but radical missionaries.
"The people of North Korea don’t need a nuclear bomb. They need radical missionaries on their shores. They need loving prophets in the news. And they need the love of Christ, revealed through the bold actions of kingdom people."
Rodriguez expressed concern for the confusion Christians are still dealing with in the area of government versus church responsibilities and our response as Christians.
"How are we still confused about this? In Luke 9, two of Jesus’ disciples asked for fire and fury to destroy a town in Samaria. Jesus’ response? He turned and rebuked them. The only fire we should be asking for is the fire of the Holy Ghost. The loving flame of God, which empowers us to declare (as Peter declared after being empowered by the flame) 'For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off.' (Acts 2:39) And ALL who are far off."