Is God omnipotent?

Questions about Hurricane Katrina prompt Dr. Al Mohler to weigh in on Tony Campolo’s bad theology in questioning God’s Omnipotence.

I agree with Campolo that, “the loving God calls all believers in the face of Katrina’s devastation to seek ways to express love in concrete ways towards those who have lost friends and family members; and to those who have lost homes along with most of their earthly belongings.” But Campolo also says this…

Perhaps we would do well to listen to the likes of Rabbi Harold Kushner, who contends that God is not really as powerful as we have claimed.

It’s statements like this that give great reason for concern when it comes to his questioning of God’s omnipotence.

Tim Challies makes a good argument for understanding Open Theism for what it is and does so by challenging Tony Campolo’s piece as well.

Justin Taylor points us to John Piper’s recent sermon (text/mp3) entitled The Supremacy of Christ in an Age of Terror and says that…

After surveying some of the evil and tragedy in the world, he asked why the world is the way that it is. His first two answers were negative:

  1. The reason this terrorized and troubled world exists is not because God is not in total control.
  2. The reason this terrorized and troubled world exists is not because God is evil or unjust.