The Rich Young Ruler And Jesus

By David J. Stewart | March 2014

Luke 18:18-24, “And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up. Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God.

      This is a widely quoted and often misinterpreted passage of Scripture concerning the rich young ruler. Misguided evangelists Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron, as well as liberal pastor John MacArthur, horribly butcher this passage of Scripture, thinking just as foolishly as the self-righteous rich young ruler.

This young man was a dignitary, ruling over the people, and he was very wealthy. He came to Jesus and asked how to inherit eternal life. Jesus perceived that the young man was self-righteousness, trusting in his own good works. So Jesus used the Old Testament law the way it was intended to be used, that is, as a measuring stick to show us our SINNERSHIP and point us to the SAVIOR to be saved . . .

Galatians 3:24-26, “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”

Romans 3:19-20, “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”

Notice carefully what Romans 3:20, Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” Did you hear that Mr. MacArthur and Mr. Comfort? . . .

BY THE DEEDS OF THE LAW THERE SHALL BE NO FLESH BE JUSTIFIED IN HIS SIGHT!!!

You just read what the Bible teaches in Romans 3:20. The rich young ruler was caught up into false religion, thinking that he could merit Heaven by keeping the Ten Commandments. Jesus pointed out to him that he had missed the command against being covetous.

The apostle Paul rebuked the self-righteous Jews for the same attitude in Rome. They were trying to earn their way to Heaven by obeying the commandments of God's, being circumcised and observing the ceremonial laws given to the Jews under the Mosaic covenant. Paul earnestly reminds them that it is the DOERS of the Law, and not merely the HEARERS that will be justified...

Romans 2:13 and 17, “For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. . . . Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God.”

Paul wasn't giving them a plan of salvation, just like Jesus wasn't giving the rich young ruler a plan of salvation; but rather, Jesus and Paul were using the law as it was intended by God to be used, and that is to show us that no matter how hard we try to keep the law, WE CANNOT! There will always be SIN IN OUR LIFE! Everyone, whether in deed or in thought, has broken all of the Nine Commandments [I say “nine” because the command to keep the Sabbath Day was only ceremonial law and not moral law like the other nine commandments. All of the commandments applied 24/7 (and every day of the year) except the Sabbath Day, which only applied on Saturday (the 7th day of the week)]. The Sabbath Day was a ceremonial law which pictures Jesus, our Sabbath today in Whom we REST for salvation (Hebrews 4:1-11), ceasing from our own self-righteous labours (pictured by the 6-day work week in the Old Testament)]. JESUS IS OUR SABBATH!!! Amen and amen!

Here again is our text passage of Scripture . . .

Luke 18:22-24, “Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!”

It is ONLY when a person comes to the realization that they CANNOT save them self by their own works that God can save them. Adam and Eve had sinned. Adam gathered some fig leaves and sewed them together to make clothing for him and Eve. But God rejected Adam's fig-leaf religion and killed an innocent animal, shedding it blood, to provide skins of clothing for Adam and Eve. This represents the righteousness of God provided in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:9; Romans 4:5-6; 2nd Corinthians 5:21; Matthew 6:33), Who is the sinless Lamb of God, in Whom we have eternal life. Whew, this is great stuff!!!
 

Beware Of False Prophets Who Teach Righteousness By The Law

Here are Dr. MacArthur's very own corrupt words . . .

“The Gospel says, 'give your life to Christ and He rules' and if you're not willing to do that it's because you want to keep the rule of your own life. The rich young man wanted his own life for himself. He wanted to control his own life. He had his choice: sins, he had his choice, religion, and he wanted to hang onto control. It's that simple. Coming to Christ means you give up the control of your life, and you yield it to Christ. That's what kept him from salvation, he was unwilling to do that.”

SOURCE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DA4Zv8o3NbI (4:51 in the video)

I realize that no one is correct on everything, and we're all entitled to our own opinions, respectfully. However, when a false prophet perverts the Scriptures to teach ANOTHER GOSPEL [2nd Corinthians 11:4], then it is every believer's duty to “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 1:3).

MacArthur's words are damnable heresy!!! MacArthur says:

Coming to Christ means you give up the control of your life, and you yield it to Christ. That's what kept him from salvation, he was unwilling to do that.

The reason why the rich young man didn't get saved was NOT because he refused to yield to Christ, nor because he was unwilling to give up control of his life. MacArthur is teaching lies.

The reason why the rich young man didn't get saved is because he was self-righteousness. Very few wealthy people are willing to admit that they cannot save themselves. Heaven can't be bought. Coming to Christ is a childlike step of faith by which one acknowledges, “I am a guilty, dirty, rotten, hell-deserving sinner, incapable of saving myself.” Every admitted sinner who believes on Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God, will be saved (Romans 10:13). The rich young ruler was self-righteous in his wealth, and thought he could save himself by fulfilling the Law of God.

That's the only reason the young rich man didn't get saved. It wasn't because he refused to deny himself or forsake his covetousness; but rather, because he was self-righteous and thought he could merit Heaven by his own works. Romans 4:5-6 clearly states: “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works.” Amen!

Notice what the self-righteous young man asked Jesus in Matthew 19:16, “...Good Master, what good thing SHALL I DO, that I may have eternal life?” The young man didn't ask how he could possess eternal life. No, rather, he asked what THING I NEED TO DO. The young man was self-righteousness. Jesus used the Law to show the young man his wickedness. There was nothing he could do in his own self-righteousness to have eternal life. He needed Jesus as his Savior. Romans 3:19 and Galatians 3:24 plainly teach that the Law's purpose is only to show us our guilt of sin and need for a Savior.

MacArthur requires people to fulfil the Law as a prerequisite to faith in Christ, which is the heresy of works salvation. That is exactly what Kirk Cameron, Ray Comfort and John MacArthur are teaching.

They all errantly teach that the rich young man should have forsaken his covetousness to be saved.

In sharp contrast, Romans 4:5-6, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works.” Romans 3:20 plainly tells us that NO ONE is saved by keeping the law of God (and this includes the rich young ruler).

So why in the world does Ray Comfort, John MacArthur and other heretics on repentance teach that Jesus was presenting a plan of salvation to this rich young ruler? Jesus was trying to show this young man that he was an imperfect sinner, who hadn't kept the law as perfectly as he thought. This is necessary to being saved. Galatians 3:24-25 plainly teach us that the law is our SCHOOL MASTER, showing us how sinful we are, and then points us to THE SAVIOR for salvation!!! Ray Comfort and John MacArthur are still stuck on the schoolmaster and haven't made it to the Savior yet themselves.

Oh, that men would read the Bible and simply take it at face value. Romans 4:5-6 is so plain and clear in its teaching. A man's faith is COUNTED (imputed) for righteousness. Why? It's because God's righteousness is imputed (attributed) to us by faith. This is a vastly different Gospel than the perverted gospel (“another gospel,” 2nd Corinthians 11:3-4) of Ray Comfort and John MacArthur, by which a person must forsake their sinful lifestyle to be saved, which is exposing the demonic Catholic dogma of penance for salvation.

Jesus plainly taught in Luke 18:17 that a person must receive the kingdom of God as a little child in order to be saved. This is because a man must acknowledge that he is hopelessly lost in his own sins and cannot redeem himself. Thus, he needs Jesus Christ, Who is the Son of God.

The Biblical account of the young rich ruler has nothing to do with giving up one's love for money to be saved; but rather, realizing that salvation is solely of the Lord, and not by works of self-righteousness. The Apostle Paul addressed this matter at length in Romans 2:13-3:20. END


Repent And Believe To Be Saved

Proverbs 14:34, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”

Mark 1:15: “...repent ye, and believe the gospel.”

Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life:
and they are they which testify of me.”
—John 5:39

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