North Korea crisis puts cozy relationship in spotlight — Fox & Friends & Trump

Isaac Cain
August 11, 2017

In a statement, Jeffress says it's clear in the Bible that "God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary, including war, to stop evil".

Shortly after Trump warned on Tuesday that North Korea would be met with "fire and fury like the world has never seen" if it threatens the security of the United States, Jeffress felt compelled to issue his support for the president's comments.

One was a retweet of a post that included a video of Trump promising "fire and fury" in response to Kim's missile provocations; one was a retweet of Fox's reporting more of the president's statement.

The biblical passage Romans 13 gives the government authority to deal with evildoers, Jeffress said.

"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.

When asked about a Bible verse that mentions not repaying evil for evil, he says that it only applies to Christians, not government. I know that the president is a very measured, a very sober individual when it comes to making hard decisions. "I said absolutely not".

The statement Tuesday night from the popular evangelical preacher who heads First Baptist Dallas comes on the heels of Trump's comments about continued nuclear threats from North Korea.

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"Oh yeah! Always on America's side when it comes to blowing stuff up", said the fictional "God".

Jeffress is no stranger to controversy.

"Some Christians, perhaps younger Christians, have to think this through", he said. As recently as two years ago, Jeffress insisted that Christians in the United States are persecuted in ways comparable to Germany's treatment of Jews before the Holocaust.

"People instinctively know that this President is not going to draw an imaginary red line and walk around it like President Obama did".

Christian media outlets regularly cover the plight of the estimated 300,000 Christians in North Korea, where citizens are required to worship the Kim family and other religious practices are banned.

I've been with him in a variety of settings, we've talked about a variety of issues. Lindsey Graham said Trump would not hesitate to go to war with North Korea if threats continue. Speaking at his Bedminster golf resort in New Jersey, Trump vowed to unleash "fire" and "fury". He said now that health care is off the table, evangelicals are hoping for tax reform, though he didn't have any specifics in mind.

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