WHEN WAS THIS MESSAGE DELIVERED

‘God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un,’ evangelical adviser says

 August 9 at 11:28 AM

President Trump left, greets pastor Robert Jeffress on July 1 during the Celebrate Freedom Rally at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. (Oliver Douliery/Pool/European Pressphoto Agency)

Texas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress, one of President Trump’s evangelical advisers who preached the morning of his inauguration, has released a statement saying the president has the moral authority to “take out” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“When it comes to how we should deal with evildoers, 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 the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un.”

Jeffress said in a phone interview that he was prompted to make the statement after Trump said that if North Korea’s threats to the United States continue, Pyongyang will be “met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

Trump on North Korea: ‘They will be met with fire and fury’
During his stay at his Bedminster, N.J., golf club on Aug. 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.” (Reuters)

 

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,” he said.

He said that many pacifist Christians will cite Romans 12, which says, “Do not repay evil for evil,” but Jeffress says that the passage is referring to Christians, not to the government.

“A Christian writer asked me, ‘Don’t you want the president to embody the Sermon on the Mount?’ ” he said, referring to Jesus’s sermon. “I said absolutely not.”

In his sermon on the morning of Trump’s inauguration in January, Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Dallas, compared Trump to the story of the biblical leader Nehemiah, who helped rebuild the city of Jerusalem.

The first step of rebuilding the nation, Jeffress said, was the building of a wall around Jerusalem to protect its citizens. “You see, God is not against building walls,” Jeffress said in his sermon at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington.

Jeffress is no stranger to controversy. 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 primaries. Jeffress knows his comments on North Korea could be considered controversial, even among fellow evangelicals. His megachurch in Dallas is a prominent Southern Baptist church, one where evangelist Billy Graham had a membership for many years. In 2016, the church reported an average weekly attendance of about 3,700.

“Some Christians, perhaps younger Christians, have to think this through,” Jeffress said. “It’s antithetical to some of the mushy rhetoric you hear from some circles today. Frankly, it’s because they are not well taught in the scriptures.”

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

“People instinctively know that this president is not going to draw an imaginary red line and walk around it like President Obama did,” he said.

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

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An overwhelming number of white, evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, 81-16 percent, according to exit poll results. Facebook Live host Libby Casey talks to religion reporter Sarah Pulliam Bailey about how Trump appealed to this group and what they expect from him once in office. (The Washington Post)

“I think many evangelicals, like most Americans, really don’t pay attention to global affairs,” Jeffress said. “I believe we’re all going to be forced to soon if North Korea isn’t dealt with decisively.”

Jeffress is unusual for an evangelical pastor because most pastors do not speak about specific foreign policy issues from the pulpit, except sometimes about Israel, said Amy Black, a political-science professor at Wheaton College, an evangelical institution in Illinois.

Theologians and church leaders have debated the interpretation of Romans 13 for millennia, Black said. Most mainstream interpretations of the passage, she said, would suggest that God works through governmental leaders, but ultimate authority comes from God. A debate broke out among Christians in Germany during World War II over how to interpret this passage; some Christians believed they should follow the government while others set up a resistance movement.

“If anything, Romans 13 creates a conundrum, because it could be interpreted that Kim Jong Un has the authority to govern,” she said.

Jeffress last met with Trump in July when a group of pastors laid hands on the president in the Oval Office. 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.

The access Jeffress has to the White House, Black said, may explain why many evangelicals have been so attracted to Trump.

“Some of the approval of Trump is less about the specific person and even specific policy, but it’s about someone who is listening to us,” she said. “Jeffress is a piece of that story of having access.”

Black says that Jeffress represents an “old guard” of evangelicals, closely aligned to leaders like popular radio personality and psychologist James Dobson and Pat Robertson, who founded the Christian Broadcasting Network. Many evangelicals now look to leadership from pastors like Rick Warren in California or Tim Keller in New York City, though Warren and Keller do not speak about politics very often.

“We’re in a weird vacuum; we’re past the Jim Dobson and Pat Robertson era, but it’s not 100 percent clear who will fill their place,” Black said.

Jeffress, who was an early supporter of Trump, has said that after sharing Wendy’s cheeseburgers in Iowa, he believed Trump would be the next president and that it would be because God placed him there. In July, his church choir and orchestra performed a song called “Make America Great Again” at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in D.C., where Trump was in attendance.

This story has been updated to provide further comments from Amy Black, a political-science professor at Wheaton College.

HOSPITAL SHOOTINGS

Dr. Henry Bello, Gunman in Bronx Hospital Shooting Dies After Shooting Multiple Doctors By Jewish Breaking News – 



June 30, 201714023 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Dr. Henry Bello is dead after he shot multiple people inside a New York City’s Bronx Lebanon Hospital in what appears to be a case of workplace violence. 


Suspected shooter Dr. Henry Bello The former employee at Bronx Lebanon Hospital was dressed in a white lab coat when he shot at least five people this afternoon. First responders at Bronx Lebanon Hospital.   



Bello, 45, is a family medicine doctor, according to sources. NYPD spokesman J. Peter Donald said in a tweet around 4 p.m. that the suspect was dead.

ISIS spokesman says the US is ‘being run by an idiot’

ISIS spokesman says the US is ‘being run by an idiot’ in first statement on Trump

A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.Social Media Website via Reuters TV

The terrorist group ISIS has finally spoken out about US President Donald Trump.

Abu Bakr al Baghdadi ISIS

ISIS’ official spokesman, Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajer, said in an audio recording released Tuesday on the encrypted messaging app Telegram that the US was “bankrupt” and “being run by an idiot,” according to Reuters.

Muhajer also told Americans “The signs of your demise are evident to every eye.”

“There is no more evidence than [that] you being run by an idiot who does not know what Syria or Iraq or Islam is,” Muhajer said.

The Islamic State group leadership had not previously addressed Trump.

But its supporters seemed to cheer a Trump presidency. Last year, Foreign Affairs magazine analyzed ISIS’ online channels and interviewed a dozen supporters and defectors who said Trump would “lead the United States on a path to self-destruction.”

Then, earlier this year, ISIS members reportedly branded Trump’s executive order on immigration “the Blessed Ban” as it seemingly showed that the West was at war with Islam.

Malcolm Nance, a terrorism expert and veteran military-intelligence officer, told Business Insider last year that Trump was “ISIS’ preferred candidate” because he is “unstable.”

It’s common for ISIS to target US presidents in its propaganda messaging.

ISIS experts pointed out before the election that the terrorist group had actually talked about President Barack Obama more than Trump.

In its statement, ISIS also sought to assert its strength and encourage followers to keep fighting.

“This is about convincing would-be terrorists of the group’s strength, durability and thus worthiness of support,” Michael S. Smith II, a terrorism analyst who studies ISIS propaganda, told Business Insider. “For those willing to drink that toxic cocktail, this all translates to an incredibly effective framework for inciting violence that entails the use of an authoritative figure — a caliph — and his proxies like al-Muhajir to command violence globally.”

TRUMP TIES TO RUSSIA

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Details surrounding the spy who collected the information on Donald Trump’s ties to Russia and the infamous “golden shower” documents are starting to take shape. Mother Jones conducted an interview with the man who collected the information — reportedly identified as former British spy Christopher Steele — and detailed a timeline of how these events came to pass.

The reveal of the intel set the world on fire Tuesday, giving the public an insight into Russia’s intentions and providing the masses with the infamous golden showers allegations, which created a media frenzy and led Trump to call CNN a fake news outlet. The spy in question told Mother Jones that he was contacted in June to take a look into Trump’s activity in Europe and Russia. The assignment didn’t seem to bother him as he said that “it started off as a fairly general inquiry.” But once he started his digging he claims he became a bit shocked, especially for Trump reportedly being “sexually compromised” by Russian intelligence.

By his own admittance, the spy said he “stays in the shadows” but was a bit disturbed by the findings and went to his FBI contacts with the information without the approval of the American firm who hired him. He said these findings were important and had to come forward about them:

“This was something of huge significance, way above party politics,” the former spy told me. “I think [Trump’s] own party should be aware of this stuff as well.” He noted that he believed Russian intelligence efforts aimed at Trump were part of Vladimir Putin’s campaign to “disrupt and divide and discredit the system in Western democracies.”

The layers to these stories continue to provide more fodder for the masses.

STARVATION ON THE RISE

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 27:  White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney speaks during a White House daily briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room February 27, 2017 at the White House in Washington, DC. Mulvaney answers questions regarding the budget proposal from the Trump Administration.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Mick Mulvaney has a pretty fucking warped view of compassion.

White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told the White House press corps Thursday that popular vote loser Donald Trump’s budget cuts Meals on Wheels and after-school nutrition programs because those programs “aren’t showing any results.”

We can’t do that anymore. We can’t spend money on programs just because they sound good. Meals on Wheels sounds great. […] I can’t defend that anymore. We cannot defend that anymore. $20 trillion in debt. We’re going to spend money, we’re going to spend a lot of money but we’re not going to spend it on programs that show they deliver the promises we made to people.

As for the school children:

They’re supposed to help kids who don’t get fed at home get fed so they do better in school. Guess what? There’s no evidence they’re actually doing that. There’s no evidence they’re helping results, helping kids do better in school, which is what — when we took your money from you to say, we’re going to spend them on after-school program, we justified it by saying these kids will do better in school and get jobs. We have no proof that’s helping.

Goddammit old people and school children! Get out there and get jobs so we know that feeding you is worth our money.

No, Mulvaney says, the “compassionate” thing to do is for tax payers, to “go to them and say, look, we’re not going to ask you for your hard-earned money anymore. Single mom of two in Detroit, give us your money. We’re not going to do that anymore unless they can guarantee that money will be used in a proper function.” That, he says, “is about as compassionate as you can get.”

Because, really, wouldn’t we all rather fund a few more destroyers than see our neighbors not starve?

NEARING A NUCLEAR WAR

Trump’s Secretary of State CONFIRMS We Are Close To NUCLEAR War

Trump’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, responsible for negotiating treaties with other countries and advising the President on foreign policy, has confirmed that we are closer than ever to nuclear war, in this case, with North Korea. The Trump administration has recently tried and failed to get China involved with talking down North Korea and their nuclear program, but instead China has come out talking tough against South Korea and went as far as threatening a nuclear strike against them.

Trump moved a missile defense system called THAAD into South Korea to counter North Korea’s threats and is having the NAVY Seal team that took out Osama Bin Laden train to take out Kim Jong Un. After these two clear provocations and escalation of tensions by Trump, this is what Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is now saying.

“LET ME BE VERY CLEAR: THE POLICY OF STRATEGIC PATIENCE HAS ENDED. WE ARE EXPLORING A NEW RANGE OF SECURITY AND DIPLOMATIC MEASURES. ALL OPTIONS ARE ON THE TABLE,” TILLERSON TOLD A NEWS CONFERENCE IN SEOUL.

Patience has ended and all options are on the table. Coming to a peaceful and diplomatic solution takes time and patience, so when he says new diplomatic measures, he means a military attack. We have already sanctioned North Korea into near collapse years ago.

I sort of understand why someone would want to take out North Korea and Kim Jong, they do appear to be crazy and are a threat if they have nukes. But at the same time, what have they actually done to us? The way I’ve always understood North Korea is that their leader acts crazy to keep their citizens in control. By the way, that’s perhaps what Trump is trying to do now?

I’m fine with protecting this country from threats, but I’m not into preemptive attacks on a country that although talks tough, hasn’t really done anything to us. Why are we threatening to attack a country that will hit back with nukes when they aren’t really doing anything? This seems like Trump desperately trying to get his approval rating back up.

REX FURTHER SAID THAT THE US DOES “NOT WANT TO, FOR THINGS TO GET TO MILITARY CONFLICT”. BUT HE SAID THAT IF NORTH KOREA “ELEVATE THE THREAT OF THEIR WEAPONS PROGRAMME TO A LEVEL THAT WE BELIEVE REQUIRES ACTION, THEN, THAT OPTION’S ON THE TABLE”.

Well, you can guarantee that North Korea will keep pushing its missile technology and nuclear program, so war it is then.

THE TRUTH ABOUT HEALTHCARE

The New York Times Just DESTROYED Donald Trump For His STUPIDITY When It Comes To Healthcare

The New York Times has put out an exceptionally straightforward explanation of healthcare to discredit the Republican myths being perpetuated in an effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. Among the statistics that the Republicans don’t want people to understand is that 90% of people receive healthcare through the government or their employer, only 10% of people buy through an exchange or through their employer. The majority of people have in fact seen lower premium increases since Obamacare was implemented, while those in the private sector have seen higher marginal increases in price.

85% of the group that buy through the private exchanges receive federal subsidies, shielding them from market volatility and the greed of insurance companies. The NYT investigation found that only 3% of Americans have seen price increases. This stands in stark contrast to the more than 14 million Americans who began receiving health insurance since Obamacare went into law.

“Trumpcare”, dubbed by some Conservatives as “Obamacare-light”, threatens to remove federal subsidies and assistance for the most vulnerable sectors of the public – such as old people. If the Republicans have their way we may see the elderly lose their federal subsidies and subsequently be priced out of the healthcare market, losing their health coverage at a time in their lives when they need it most.