Evangelists Need to Stop Promising God Has a 'Wonderful Plan'STOP Saying, “God has a wonderful plan for your life.” “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer. I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Whether it’s on the radio, television, Internet or at church, we often hear that God has a wonderful plan for our life. But as Ray Comfort rightly notes, “The preacher promises a bed of roses for those who come to Christ, but those who are in Christ are evidently sitting on a painful bed of thorns.” This may explain why a very high percent of those raised in Christian homes leave the faith, and why many others show no evidence of faith. There are a large number of false conversions because many base their decision to follow Christ on having a wonderful life. We have turned salvation into an easy path rather than a narrow road. We’ve made Jesus a butler rather than a King. We want the cross light, the road easy and the burdens lifted. Many promise a problem-free faith, yet we deal with a plethora of problems on a weekly basis. Sadly, unrealistic expectations about God can lead to depression and despair. How do we reconcile this idea of a wonderful life with the large group of Christians recently massacred in Africa? What do you tell the Christian family who loses both children within a decade? Or the parents who receive news that their 3-year-old has Leukemia? What about the Disciples … 11 of the 12 were martyred. Here is the key: Our relationship with God does not hinge on unanswered prayers, trials, difficulties and persecution; it hinges on who He is. He is our foundation in the midst of the storm. He is our peace in the midst of fear. He is our comfort in the midst of anxiety. MORE