God has permitted Trump to take out Kim Jong

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The pastor explained that Christians wary of getting involved in war will reference Romans 12:17, which reads, "Do not repay anyone evil for evil".

"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.

AN evangelical preacher who advises Donald Trump claimed the president has the divine authority to use nuclear weapons on North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

People who listened to President Donald Trump's remarks after North Korea threatened to launch nuclear missiles at the United States in the event of an American strike - in which Trump threatened that North Korean aggression would "be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen" - might be forgiven for thinking that the president's language sounded a little biblical.

Jeffress's comments show that conservative Christians usually decide on their policy preferences first and then look for support in the Bible later.

The exchange of barbed comments between the countries comes against a background of North Korea's ongoing missile and nuclear weapons tests, with The Washington Post on Tuesday citing us analysts who said the country had successfully made a miniaturized nuclear warhead that could fit inside its missiles.

Over the past two years, Jeffress said, Trump has been "very measured, very thoughtful in every response".

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

Attitudes about North Korea among evangelicals are unclear, he said.

"In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong-un". "I believe we're all going to be forced to soon if North Korea isn't dealt with decisively". Still, in order to argue that God has granted political authorities the right to do evil to combat evil, he has to brush away significant other chunks of the New Testament.

Jeffress points to Roman 13 for justification.

"They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen". (Catholic groups have arguably been the most consistently outspoken.) But evangelist Billy Graham, an influential spiritual adviser to American presidents starting with Harry Truman, also called the end of the nuclear arms race his "No. 1 social concern" in the early 1980s and set off on a college speaking tour about the need for disarmament.

"Some Christians, perhaps younger Christians, have to think this through", he said.