This is a natural reaction of those that truly do not know God. Their lack of knowledge perceives God to be a respecter of men, in that men could earn God’s blessings (Acts 10:34) they justify themselves by their own deeds Yet the Bible tell us that all God’s blessing are a gift, and gifts are not earned but bestowed on us by the giver. This error of thinking perverts the gospel and the work of Jesus Christ on the cross.
Let us consider Job, the Bible tells us that Job had three friends who could not understand why Job was going through such unspeakable tribulations. But rather than comfort him, they accused him of sinning and being the origin of his own afflictions.
While in my Lodebar I would look for comfort in the presence of my church family. However the only thing I got was blame for my afflictions. Those that God had provided to lift me up spiritually, were only dragging me down. The church that I was attending had developed the doctrine whereby they believed that my lack of blessing (as they seen them) was the results of sin in my life. I was told the reason I did not get a better job was because I was not living my life for God. That if I had been living my life for God then I would have no want. This doctrine which teaches calamity only happens to evil people, and that Christians should live a life without suffering and trials and temptations is a direct result of the bad teaching of the Prosperity Gospel. If we are to believe this gospel than every suffering Christians in foreign countries are the origin of their own suffering, every Christian that has ever been killed because of his faith in Christ, The Christian girl that died in the Columbine slaughter, Christian all over the world that are being raped, murdered, robbed, contracting disease, and cancer are all the result of their bad relationship with God. Because Christians don’t suffer? (Selah)
Oh let us be cautious of anyone that says we should be living our best life now!
Maybe we can’t understand it while we are going through suffering, but our suffering is all part of God’s perfect plan. Hebrews. 2:10 tells us that we are made perfect through our suffering.
1 Pet. 1:6-7 “ You rejoice in this, though now for a short time you have had to struggle in various trials so that the genuineness of your faith (is made) more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
We rejoice because of the marriage we have with Christ, and Christ tells us to be courageous because he has already conquer the world, and we have confidence that we will also conquer our trials. (John 16:33). Jesus never tells us even once to pray to be delivered out of the trials but that we should be strengthened through them for our own benefit.
Remind them "If we are living our best life now, your going to hell!"