In churches across America Pastors are teaching that there is nothing God cannot do. If you are sick, God can heal you, if you are hungry God will feed you, if you are wary God will give you rest. God is all-powerful, he is in control of everything. Anything that happens is God’s will.
I can remember when Hurricane David hit Savannah, Ga in 1979. The hurricane, although it was a category 1 hurricane, did a lot of damage. I remember asking my Sunday school teacher the Sunday that followed the hurricane if God brought the hurricane. She told me that God brought the hurricane to cleanse our city of evil and if I am alive it is because God loved me. She hugged me and said “God loves you, he would never hurt you.” As I sit here and type out this post, I am very much a critical thinker and I look back at those times and I am left with MANY questions I would have loved to ask that teacher. I have no doubt that she could not answer them.
I sat in church for over thirty years listening as the pastor went on and on about how powerful God is and there is nothing more powerful than God. The one verse the pastor never presented to the congregation is “And the LORD was with Judah; and he drave out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.“ (Judges 1:19 KJV) This verse goes against everything every pastor has ever taught from the pulpit. How is it that God can do anything but he can not drive out the inhabitants of a valley due to iron chariots? How can people stand and sing “What a mighty God we serve” when It is perfectly clear in his own holy book that he has limitations?