Trump's spiritual adviser says God supports conflict with North Korea
11 August, 2017, 13:19 | Author: Brenda Erickson
President Donald Trump's evangelical adviser is standing behind his claims that God has given the nation's leader the authority to take out North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, saying he believes the Bible is clear about using force to stop evil, but a Catholic priest Thursday argued the minister is misinterpreting scripture.
Trump on Tuesday warned North Korea against making threats to the USA, responding to a Washington Post report that it has expanded its nuclear capabilities.
Some Americans were pleased with President Trump's assertion that North Korea would be met with "fire and fury' if threats on the US continue".
He said that many pacifist Christians will cite Romans 12, which says, "Do not repay evil for evil", but Jeffress says that that passage is referring to Christians, not to the government.
"I think when somebody says they're going to preemptively hit [the U.S.] with a nuclear weapon, the response that 'You will not regret it because you will be gone, ' is an appropriate response". "But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason".
Specifically, the pastor pointed to Romans 13, which he said warns that governing authorities are "established by God" and are "agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer".
Romans 13 essentially says you deserve punishment if you disobey the government, whose authority is ordained by God.
But it seems Trump has made a decision to dump his electoral stand when it comes to the rogue Kim regime and his harsh statement makes him look like some of his hawkish predecessors who cared little to unleash the military power to crush non-complying regimes overseas.
During his stay at his Bedminster, N.J., golf club on August 8, President Trump said North Korea "will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen" if they continue making nuclear "threats".
Tensions have risen between Pyongyang and Washington D.C.to levels unseen in years after North Korea recently tested two missiles in an effort to develop nuclear weapons that could reach US mainland cities.
Kim threatened to conduct an attack on Guam, an American territory in Micronesia that lies several thousand miles southwest of Hawaii.
Pastor Robert Jeffress appears in a screen capture of a video from First Baptist Dallas. 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.
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Turnbull added: "If North Korea decides to carry out some of its violent threats, then obviously awful consequences will follow". Trump has said he will not allow Pyongyang to develop a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the United States.
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The operation plan is reported to be finalized by mid-August and submitted to North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong Un . Hours later on Tuesday, North Korea said it was considering firing missiles at U.S. military forces in Guam.
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There were no indications from the Pentagon of urgent planning or new assets being hastily deployed to the Pacific region. The threatened attack near Guam, if carried out, would be the North's most provocative missile launch to date.
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Meanwhile, the safe-haven currencies such as the USA dollar and the yen rose amid rising tensions between the US and North Korea. USA allies Japan and South Korea quickly vowed a strong reaction if the North were to follow through.
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he doesn't believe there is "any imminent threat" from North Korea , including to Guam . But experts say the Japanese military does not now have the capability to shoot down a missile in high altitude.