But God Can Do Anything HE Wants. . .

Posted on June 15, 2011


God is God, after all. He has absolute power and is the final authority. So obviously, God can do anything He wants. Well there you have it, the “God can do anything He wants” argument, now I can teach and believe anything I want, because in the end, God may just decide to do it that way after all. This is really an absurd argument. Let me share with you a couple of things that God cannot or will not do.

Numbers 23:19
19 “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

God cannot lie. This scripture makes it clear that God will do what He has said. Conversely, He will not do something that contradicts His word, as that would make Him a liar.

For those who say that I am limiting God, I would argue that any limitations are self-imposed. God has told us that He will be faithful to His word, and that is the only standard by which He will deal with us. The truth is, this is nothing more than an argument for those who have run out of arguments. It is the mantra of the new universalism, and it now comes dressed up as Christianity. The more I read about postmodern Christianity and the emerging church, it has become increasingly clear that it is nothing more than repackaged universalism. The only difference is that it now comes wrapped up in a shiny new (knock-off) Christian wrapper, and is being welcomed into a lot of churches. Like any knock-off, it is simply a cheap counterfeit, one that is marked by fuzzy theology with no absolutes. The uncertainty and lack of absolutes, sure doesn’t come from the Bible that I read. The Bible I read is nothing but certainty and absolute truths. The Bible teaches no middle ground and is not a bit wishy-washy, but it is this no absolutes kind of thinking that leads people to believe that in the end, everyone will be saved. By that reasoning we can’t completely trust what God has told us, because after all, He can just do whatever He wants. Therefore, it doesn’t really matter what is written in His Word. The thing is, God gave us His word for a reason, it is His revelation and promise to us. We should trust God, trust His word, and trust God to be true to His word. As a final thought, here are a couple more things to think about.

John 14:6
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

If no one comes to the Father except through Jesus, will God make Himself a liar by deciding to do it some other way?

Revelation 20:15
15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

Will God change His mind at the judgment? You better hope not, because that means He can change His mind about those of us who are saved, too. That’s not a very comforting thought! However, you don’t have to worry about that. In speaking of His judgments and the keeping of His promises, God tells us the following.

Malachi 3:6
6 “For I am the Lord, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.

God doesn’t change, and He will keep His promises. Isn’t that a comforting thought? So don’t concern yourself about what God could do, it’s a moot point and an unproductive waste of time, which can lead to unbiblical thinking. What is really important is what God told us He did do and will do, not what He could do.

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