Many of us have already seen the reports of Ravi Zacharias and the sexual abuse scandal. Normally, I do not want to write articles that deal with modern news and events, much less ones about individuals who are not of the churches of Christ. However, seeing as how these new reports have come to light by Ravi Zacharias’ ministry (RZIM), and the impact they could have across Christendom as a whole, I felt that it was not only timely, but necessary.
First off, I strongly condemn the actions of Ravi Zacharias. Sexual abuse and rape are NOT okay, and no-one is above the scriptural standard, nor the standard of US law. Ministers and preachers of God’s Holy Word are subject to the same standards and moral laws as any other human-being. WE ARE NOT ABOVE ANYONE ELSE.
Secondly, I condemn the actions of RZIM. Although they have issued a statement of repentance as an organization (which can be accessed with a link at the bottom of this article), the fact that it took four years for a whistleblower to finally come forward shows the toxicity that existed within the organization and its leaders. Though the leaders of the organization receive my condemnation, I have no doubt that they were put into a tough situation. For this, they have my genuine understanding and they will all be in my thoughts and prayers.
Thirdly, to those who view the members of the Church as a bunch of hypocrites, you are not wrong. However, the actions of Ravi Zacharias were not only hypocritical, it was plain evil and intentional sin that resulted in much physical and emotional trauma among his victims and their families. Though all Christians are sinners, this does not excuse the actions of Ravi Zacharias who chose willfully to continue in his lifestyle of sin, without desire of repentance. The Bible has this to say about those who live their lives in intentional sin with no intent to repent:
For if we sin willfully after we have received knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversariesHebrews 10:26-27 (NKJV)
To my fellow brethren and sisters in Christ, do not let the horrible and terrible actions of Ravi Zacharias hinder your faith. Ravi Zacharias is not the leader of the Church, Jesus Christ is. Although he was an apologist, he was a terrible one at that. He never addressed questions in such a way that a clear answer was given (link to a video addressing this listed at the bottom of this article). The reports of private investigations make very clear that he is guilty of his actions, and that no effort to change occurred. He did make statements of regret, but made no effort to change his ways as all Christians should.
Let this be a lesson to all of us to not continue in sin, but to allow Christ to rule our lives. Let this also be a warning to all evangelists who choose to abuse their influence so that they can receive temporary pleasure that goes against biblical and moral laws, ‘your sin will find you out’ (Numbers 32:23).
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