Christian financial self-help author Dave Ramsey appeared on the "700 Club" this morning where he seemingly contradicted the teachings of Jesus Christ on wealthy people.
Ramsey was promoting his new financial book “The Legacy Journey: A Radical View of Biblical Wealth and Generosity,” which he claimed was supported by Proverbs 21:20: "The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down."
According to RawStory.com, 700 Club host Pat Robertson asked Ramsey, “There’s a bunch of heresy going around, talk about some of those heresies. People are teaching heresy, and this is solid, what you’ve got here in this book.”
“The biggest one I get from folks based on their political agenda, and not really their Biblical knowledge, is that if a camel can’t get through the eye of a needle, then a rich man can’t get into heaven,” stated Ramsey.
However, the analogy of the wealthy man and the camel was spoken by Jesus in Matthew 19:24: "Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God."
"If that's the case then Jesus' blood that was spilled at Calvary isn't powerful enough to get a rich man into heaven," stated Ramsey. "I think that's called heresy."
Ramsey claimed that placing limits on God based on someone's wealth was "gnosticism."
"That's the spirit of worship versus materialism," claimed Ramsey.
Wile gnosticism does focus on spiritual wealth over material wealth, so does Jesus in Matthew 6:19-21: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
Jesus also said in Matthew 6: 24: “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money."
Ramsey blamed people who "just don't understand the Bible" and added, "We've got a lot of Biblical illiteracy out there."
In 2013, Ramsey voiced his opposition to Obamacare, which has extended health care coverage to ten million Americans, on financial grounds, noted The Daily Signal.
“Your health insurance premiums are going to go way up,” Ramsey warned on his radio show. “They have to... it’s not a political statement. It’s that I know how to do math.”
However, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said in a report issued in April that health insurance premiums, which are set by health insurance companies, will have a slight increase in 2015 and possibly a 6 percent increase in following years, reported Newsweek.