Wanted: a liar to give a false message to a king in order to destroy him. Employer-God.
"And the LORD said, 'Who will entice Ahab into attacking Ramoth Gilead and going to his death there?'..." 1 Kings 22:20, NIV
God is inquiring about a liar he needs to do a hit job for Him!
"Finally a spirit came forward, stood before the LORD and said, 'I will entice him.'
" 'By what means?' the LORD asked.
" 'I will go and be a deceiving spirit in the mouths of all his prophets,' he said,
" 'You will succeed in enticing him,' said the LORD. 'Go and do it.'..." 1 Kings 22:21-22, NIV
But we thought the Lord and His prophets always told the truth! To us He does, but to His enemies not so.
A really huge part of the work of a Bible teacher is to undo the myths surrounding the nature of God and the Bible. Preachers are paid to tell lies. Bible teachers tell the truth, but are not paid.
Anyone tempted by poverty? They must be in the truth telling business for heavenly reward. As it is often said, "Don't quit your day job."
Those who are never surprised by sermons or teaching--I mean unpleasantly surprised--should change preachers, teachers, or churches. Would you attend a college class where you did not hear any new ideas? But people line up to hear insipid sermons that stay to one safe pattern.
Never depart from what people already believe! Your job is on the line.
The story from 1 Kings chapter 22 is really good for us to read. Some day churches may get beyond the parables and the sermon on the mount, but I doubt it.