Unfortunately for prosperity gospel fans I have some bad news. God does not always free the oppressed on earth. God does not always remove every obstacle from our path, and his promise to believers certailinly isn’t earthly wealth. Demanding God remove all obstacles or deliver us from all earthly oppression as a requirement of our faith is egregious Idolatry of the things of the world and of our earthly existence.
Christ’s offered deliverance in the Bible is eternal life. This is central to the understanding of God’s plan for the deliverance and the glorification of our souls. If it was God’s intention to free oppressed peoples on earth, he would not have let the greatest prophet of the Old Testament, Isaiah, be sawn in half. He would not have left John, the Baptist, the most righteous man ever to live (prior to Christ), in prison to be beheaded. He would not have had the holiest men left on earth after Christ, (the Apostles) put to violent deaths….executed by crucifixion and beheaded defending their beliefs to the very end. The apostles confidence in what they had witnessed was so strong, and their belief in the resurrection so powerful, that they confidently walked into death in an expression of utmost conviction to Christ, all for the glory of God. If His plan were an earthly prosperity, God would not have let nearly every great Protestant Reform leader and nearly every translator who attempted to make the Bible accessible to the common man, be burnt at the stake or slain at the hands of the Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches. He wouldn’t have let hundreds of thousands of Protestants be murdered by their oppressive theocratic rulers in the 16th and 17th centuries – all for trying to remove government rule from the Church. These are God’s people…the ones most closely aligned with His plan. Not set free from bondage, put to death. Man’s purpose is to glorify God, and the conviction of these men – to the death, is the supreme demonstration of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. These men all recognized God’s plan is not the deliverance of His people in the earthly realm, but rather, His call is for us to put to death the earthly desires within our hearts and seek Him. His grace is sufficient. Deliverance comes through death to self and life in the eternal salvation of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If you’re looking for the temporal, earthly things God can provide you, your eyes are on the wrong prize. Set your anchor beyond the clouds (Hebrews 6:19) and you will be provided a peace that transcends all understanding (Phillipians 4:7).