We already know that much of what Job’s friends have said to him have been ill-conceived and hurtful. In chapter 22 today, part of what Eliphaz had to say is being said by some very popular preachers today. And the message is just plain wrong, not to mention destructive to some people’s faith.
Eliphaz’s message to Job was this: Make up with God. Confess your sins. Then your life will have peace. Then you’ll get everything back that you lost, and you’ll be rich. If you say something, it will come to be. You’ll never have any more problems.
This is a terrible message because it just isn’t true. Having an easy life or getting rich has never been the reason the Bible gives to follow God. As a matter of fact, Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” The apostle Paul said in his letter to the Philippians, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”
David, of whom God said, “a man after my own heart” feared for his life when King Saul was chasing him.
There are many more examples of godly people in the Bible who faced difficult situations. And many scriptures that tell us that we can expect troubles, but that God will be with us *through* those times.
When any preacher tells you that all you need is faith, faith and more faith, and that by that faith you will magically be healed, drive a big fancy car and live in the finest neighborhood, he is lying to you to line his own pockets. And I shudder to think of how many people have turned from God because this kind of faith doesn’t work. Preachers like this look good and they sound good. And there a people every where looking for a way out of the poverty or who are sick or who just want an easy way to the top who fall for the lies.
When you hear this kind of message run, don’t walk to the nearest exit. Find a place that teaches the entire Word of God, not a place that cherry-picks.