The biggest problem with the megachurch lord of Dallas' First Baptist Church -- who, by the way, says God is OK with Donald Trump preemptively nuking North Korea -- is that the Southern Baptist Convention has no bishops.
The Southern Baptists have no way whatsoever to immediately and decisively kick pastor Robert Jeffress to the curb and anathematize his evil rantings.
Yes, evil. I do not know how else to describe baptizing a preventive nuclear strike against North Korea -- which is pretty much the only way to interpret this statement by President Donald Trump:
TO SUMMARIZE: Shut up, Kim Jong Un, or we'll nuke you till you glow.
That is the end to which this Southern Baptist pastor of a Southern Baptist megachurch (and prominent apologist for Trump) says God has handed over legitimate authority to the president of the United States to make a radioactive reality.
From The Dallas Morning News:
"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 the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un."IN THAT CASE, one wonders whether the Almighty also has granted authority unto Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping to obliterate a country that's such an existential threat that it actually would launch a nuclear first strike.
Jeffress, who leads downtown's First Baptist Dallas, 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."
The biblical passage Romans 13 gives the government authority to deal with evildoers, Jeffress said. "That gives the government to 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 that 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' famous sermon. "I said absolutely not."
Or does preacher Jeffress find that notion absurd on grounds that Jesus Christ is a loyal American patriot?
Or . . . maybe Jeffress is, like a good jihadist, trying to make "kingdom come" right now. And I mean right now.
For the love of God -- and I literally mean for the love of God -- there is only one thing any Christian should be saying to this vile character hiding behind a cross.
That would be "Get behind me, Satan!" Because this Trump-worshipping lunatic is more than a stumbling block; he is an antichrist.
The Southern Baptist Convention, however, will not be throwing this particular Satan behind it. Because it can't.
Perhaps we Babylonian cultists (i.e., Roman Catholics) got something right after all.