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Billy Graham Evangelistic Assoc. pushes untimely, insensitive claims about God and natural disasters

by Jeremy Hooper

Pastor Erwin Lutzer speaking to Billy Graham's eponymous organization:

Many people want to protect God from the clear teaching of the Bible, which shows He is involved in natural disasters. It is not that God causes them, but the very fact that He could prevent them shows that we need to face squarely the fact that natural disasters happen within God’s providence.

Let me give you a few examples. During the time of the plagues in Egypt, clearly God sent those plagues. Then you have the time of Noah; the flood obviously was sent by God. It says regarding Jonah, God hurled a storm into the sea. We must see God in natural disasters. The question, of course, is why does he allow them and what is there to be learned.

When we look at the news and see these disasters, it’s like a preview of the natural disasters that will someday come upon the earth. When you look at the second coming of Christ, you find many different natural disasters connected with it.

Hear that, devastated regions of America? This is just the trailer for your impending main attraction. Sleep well.

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