And so it was, after the Lord had spoken these words to Job, that the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.” Job 42:7
Everyone is accountable to God, for it is written so then each of us shall give account of himself to God. Rom 14:12
However, them that teach, preach, and instruct in the word of God shall receive a stricter judgment. James 3:1
Such is the case of Job’s friends.
They all believed in God, evident from mentioning Him and talking about Job’s need to repent.
Yet they missed the mark completely.
They presumed to speak for God about Job – telling him what he needed to do.
They were wrong.
Such talk may have convinced a lesser man to believe their words and repent. This is the danger of false teaching.
Peter gives this warning.
But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber. 2 Peter 2:1-3
Were Eliphaz and friends false prophets or teachers?
They were wrong in their assumptions and prescription. As God said, “you have not spoken of Me what is right!”
If we don’t speak what is right about God, then we are wrong and presenting “destructive heresies”.
Your only recourse is obedience to the word of God and humility before others.
Take upon yourself the mind of Christ – God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:17-
Believers are here to present the way of salvation, not give condemnation.