It’s interesting how those who have the biggest platforms from which to spread the word of Jesus tend to be wealthy, especially since Jesus was allegedly not a fan of greed or even of wealth. Two of America’s wealthy Christians have a different opinion, though. One even goes so far to say that Jesus was wrong about wealthy people.
Financial self-help author Dave Ramsey appeared on Pat Robertson’s “700 Club” on Sunday to talk about wealth and Christianity and about his book, “The Legacy Journey: A Radical View of Biblical Wealth and Generosity.”
Robertson began by asking Ramsey to address the idea that some people in this country “think that wealth is evil.”
Ramsey answered by first saying “God asked me to write this book.” He called the idea that wealth is Biblically wrong, “heresy, a form of gnosticism.”
He went on to criticize the estate tax, saying that many families and farmers have been “devastated” by a 50% tax. The facts say something different, like that only estates worth more than $5 million are taxed at all and that on average, they pay about 16.6 percent, or just 6.6 percent more than what unemployed people are taxed.
At least he tells Christians, who have “God’s money” to be generous, to tip well and to serve people with both time and money.
Ramsey then criticized liberals’ use of the Matthew 19:24, “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,” which the Biblical scholar misquoted to say, “if a camel can’t get into the eye of a needle, then a rich man can’t get into heaven,” by calling it “heresy.”
“If that’s the case,” he said, “then Jesus’ blood that was spilled at Calvary isn’t powerful enough to get a rich man into heaven.”
Here’s the video: