Job 36:16 The Ultimate Legalist

Job 36:16 (KJV)
Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait into a broad place, where there is no straitness; and that which should be set on thy table should be full of fatness.

Health, wealth, and prosperity preachers are the ultimate legalists.

Young Elihu reminds me of a prosperity preacher. He insisted that if Job had been as right before God as the Bible says he was, then God would have protected him from problems and filled his banquet with rich foods.

Prosperity preachers frequently practice very little in the way of standards of separation. But they are legalists in the sense that they drive people to perform. If a person is not well off or has some sort of affliction, they must be in sin, and that sin ought to be rebuked. The oppressed believer is cast down and out as having little faith. People in this state pretend to be something they are not to make a show for their prosperity pastors and contemporaries.

A person who is trapped into making himself look like something he is not is in the worst sort of legalism. Remember Ananias and Sapphira?

The church that encourages and condones such pretense is the ultimate legalistic type of church.

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Job 36:16 The Ultimate Legalist

Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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