Megachurch Pastor Says Trump Has God’s Approval to Start Nuclear War

Comments by president's spiritual advisor sparks condemnation amid "fire and fury" threats against North Korea

By Jake Johnson | 9 August 2017
Common Dreams

President Donald Trump and Pastor Robert Jeffress participate in the Celebrate Freedom Rally at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on July 1, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Olivier Douliery-Pool via Getty Images)

After President Donald Trump threatened North Korea with “fire and fury” on Tuesday, many began to worry about the prospect of nuclear war.

Not Texas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress.

Shortly following the president’s remarks, Jeffress—who is also one of Trump’s “evangelical advisers”—released a statement declaring that “God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong-un,” the leader of North Korea.

Jeffress went on to say he is “heartened to see that our president…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,” Jeffress concluded. “Thank God for a president who is serious about protecting our country.”

The Washington Post notes that Jeffress became convinced Trump would become president after “sharing Wendy’s cheeseburgers” with him in Iowa. Jeffress has said he believes God chose Trump for the job, and he has repeatedly invoked religious authority to justify Trump’s policies, including the proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Jeffress’s North Korea comments prompted backlash on social media.

Offering a counterpoint to Jeffress’s pro-war religiosity recently was the Washington, D.C. Catholic Worker, which held a vigil in front of the White House on the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan.

“Nuclear weapons are immoral, illegal, anti-God, anti-life, anti-creation, and have no right to exist,” said Art Laffin, an activist with the Catholic Worker.

After denouncing spending on nuclear weapons as “direct theft from the poor,” Laffin said: “If the U.S. is to ever truly lead the way to real disarmament, it must first repent for the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Then and only then can the U.S. legitimately ask other nuclear nations to disarm.”

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3 COMMENTS

  1. "Surely, God doesn't use pagans to bring judgment upon his own people, does he?" Jeffress asked rhetorically. "Just read the Bible, God will not allow sin to go unpunished and he certainly won't allow the sacrifice of children to go unpunished."
    -Dallas Observer May 24, 2016

    this so typical of the flat earth Christian habit of using that book as support for there absurd biases and greed for power and wealth.

  2. The deep, personal, all-pervasive desire that evangelicals frequently express to see full-on global nuclear war has always troubled me. Half of me wants to know what they would think as they were lying in the dirt with third-degree burns over half their bodies … puking uncontrollably radiation and bleeding out of every bodily opening … squirming alone in unimaginable misery worse any hell their church has thus far threatened them with. Millions of rotting corpses strewn everywhere and drinkable water nowhere to be found. Squirming, dying, all alone, in the full-on realization that "Jesus," (that is, the thing they mistakenly called "Jesus," all those years), "God," (ditto), heaven, and their ostensible "rapture," had all been a lie. But as amusing as that would be, unfortunately the rest of us would be in the same boat.

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