Prosperity Gospel in the Old Testament

In verses 5-7, Bildad says,

(Job – 8:5) If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty; (Call on God and repent…)

(6) If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous. (And if you lived a Holy life – He wouldn’t let you stay in trials and trouble…)

(7) Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase. (He would in fact make you rich and well to do in all things…)

Essentially, Bildad said that if Job were truly penitent, God would free him from his sufferings and shower him with wealth, and the fact that Job wasn’t living on rainbows was proof that he wasn’t living right by God. This is one of the earliest accounts of false prosperity gospel, name-n-claim-it on record!

Even in Job’s day, God’s people didn’t suffer for a lack of false teachers/prophets within the sphere of the church. The entire Word Of Faith crowd says exactly what Bildad said to Job: If you’re sick, or your family is sick, or you are suffering at all – it’s proof you aren’t right with God, and have a weak or false faith.

It’s the flip-side to their false teaching that God wants all of his children to be financially rich and live a life of comfort. If you believe correctly (according to them) God will give you everything you desire; if you don’t believe correctly (according to them) God will either make you (or allow you) to suffer miserably because of it.

Take an honest look at the world around you, and of what purports to be Christian…easy to see that as Johnny Cash used to sing: “Matthew 24 is knockin’ at the door”


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