‘When The Gov. Kills, It’s Justice’: Trump Pastor Blasts Pope For Opposing The Death Penalty
Evangelical Pastor Robert Jeffress, who sits on President Donald Trump’s evangelical advisory board, is criticizing Pope Francis for being against the death penalty.
Jeffress, a fervent defender of Donald Trump, called the pope “dead wrong” about capital punishment and slammed him for changing the Catholic Church’s teaching on the death penalty.
“When individuals take a human life, the Bible calls it ‘murder,’” Jeffress said. “When the government takes the life of a murderer, the Bible calls it ‘justice,’” Jeffress said in a statement posted on the First Baptist Church of Dallas’s website.
Jeffress cited Genesis 9:6 – “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of God He made man” – to argue that the government has the authority of the death penalty.
“I’m sure Pope Francis is a good man who is sincere in his belief,” Jeffress added. “But the Pope is sincerely wrong on this. Popes, pastors, and churches may change their opinions, but God’s Word never changes.
The Vatican said last week that Pope Francis approved a change in the official Church teaching rendering the death penalty “inadmissible.”
“It is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person,” the new text reads.
Francis, who has repeatedly embraced progressive causes like immigrant protection and climate change, and criticized some of Trump’s policies, has long spoken out against capital punishment.