Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron says hurricanes 'God's punishment'

Former TV star Kirk Cameron has caused outrage on social media, after a Facebook rant in which he claims recent hurricanes have struck as an act of God. 

The Growing Pains star and evangelical Christian actor filmed a video in Orlando airport to give his take on the recent disasters; Hurricane Harvey which killed 70 people and destroyed thousands of homes in the Houston area about two weeks ago, and Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest Atlantic storms ever recorded.

"How should we look at two giant hurricanes coming back to back like this?" Cameron said in the video. "Do we write them off as coincidence? Do we write it off as a statistical anomaly? Wow! Who would've thought? Is it just Mother Nature in a bad mood?"

The actor explained to viewers that God "causes [storms] to happen for punishment, or to water his land to demonstrate his faithful love".

"One thing we know about hurricanes and all weather is that this is not mother nature in a bad mood, this is a spectacular display of God's immense power," he said.

"When he puts his power on display, it's never without reason. There's a purpose. And we may not always understand what that purpose is, but we know it's not random, and we know that weather is sent to cause us to respond to God in humility, awe, and repentance," he continued. "Maybe share that with your kids when they ask why this is happening."

Unsurprisingly, Twitter users have not taken kindly to the rant.