Many have been shocked by what has recently come out concerning the late Ravi Zacharias. He was such a well-spoken and well-known apologist of God’s kingdom.
Now, out of all the hard work he did for the Kingdom of God, he will be forever known as a sexual predator. So many victims across the world have been forever harmed and damaged. I only pray that they can find their peace in Christ.
Let them be bold in their voice against such an evil man oh Lord. Let us learn in Christ that He does not tolerate sin from anyone. We are all held accountable for our actions. In the end, it is the fruit we produce that reveals our soul.
Those who investigated the claims against Ravi haven’t even done anything exhaustive before concluding that the evidence they have found so far is enough to condemn him.
This is very bad.
And what of all of Ravi’s works? How many have turned to Christ because of him? Well, God uses damaged people to help others. He can bring much good out of evil. This doesn’t mean evil is free to remain evil without any judgment. God works through us all as sinners, but we are still held very accountable to our sins.
Ravi is no different from us. In the end, we will all face judgment. To those who are faithful to Jesus, His grace covers their sins. And a continued faithfulness is needed for this. A double life does not count. In fact Jesus calls people like that wolves in sheep’s clothing.
The Christian Response
Christians have responded in varying ways, from shock to denial. Some are even stating that we shouldn’t be too quick to judge. This angers me so much. Do we judge those of the world caught in their sins with the #metoo movement any differently? Is Harvey Weinstin despicable but Ravi, well, he gets a free pass. Is that what the bible says?
Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.
Ravi is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, an unrepentant narcissist who thought he could get away with some deeply-rooted sins. Now he is with the Lord awaiting His judgment. Based on the evidence we know of, and what the Word of God says about those sins, he’s going to hell.
What About David?
But wait! What about King David and his illicit affair with Bathsheba which caused him to have her husband, Uriah, killed?
The late Ravi is no David, for he lacks one thing that King David had in spades… true repentance.
This means, a turning away from sin, a changed thinking, moving away from what you were doing and going down a brand new path.
When King David was confronted by the prophet Nathan about the murder of Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah, the king confessed and apologised. And after that there were several consequences to David’s actions that followed him even to his death bed.
2 Samuel 12:
7 Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. 8 And I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more. 9 Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’ 11 Thus says the Lord, ‘Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house. And I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. 12 For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun.’” 13 David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. 14 Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the Lord, the child who is born to you shall die.” 15 Then Nathan went to his house.
A Double Life
I heard that one of Ravi’s final sermons was a convicting admonition against living a double life. Some might suppose that this was a type of repentance. But no, sadly no.
Where were his fingers pointing during the sermon? They hardly pointed to himself. That’s the problem with narcissism. It rarely points to self. They often deny their sins and throw it to others.
And only a narcissist would abuse women to such a degree that he compared the many wives of Old Testament kings (like David) to his own sexual adventures. Problem is, deacons are admonished to only have 1 wife.
1 Timothy 3:
8 Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. 9 They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. 11 Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. 13 For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
Well, Ravi was no decon so… catch 22 right?
Genesus 2:24 tells us all to be 1 flesh with a single individual of the opposite sex.
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
How Do We Then Overcome Sin?
Some say that the way to overcome these temptations is to keep yourselves busy. Don’t be like King David who refused to go out into battle and was therefore a victim of temptation.
There is some merit to this, but I don’t think it even touches on the issue with Ravi. Because according to his library of published works, he was a very busy man. He traveled the world in debates and lectures. Should he have been more busy than this?
Be busy in the right places and take care of your family first. Ravi seems to have the opposite problem David had. His overworking busy self let him astray. Perhaps, he felt that all of his hard work with the Lord earned him “right: to to break and abuse women.
Nathan’s Prophecy Fulfilled
David had many issues with his family, ones that lost him his kingdom for a time. And while running away from his son Absolem who had taken over the throne (and stolen David’s many wives) a man named Shimei jeered at the fallen king.
2 Samuel 16
5 As King David approached Bahurim, a man from the same clan as Saul’s family came out from there. His name was Shimei son of Gera, and he cursed as he came out. 6 He pelted David and all the king’s officials with stones, though all the troops and the special guard were on David’s right and left. 7 As he cursed, Shimei said, “Get out, get out, you murderer, you scoundrel! 8 The Lord has repaid you for all the blood you shed in the household of Saul, in whose place you have reigned. The Lord has given the kingdom into the hands of your son Absalom. You have come to ruin because you are a murderer!”
9 Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and cut off his head.”
10 But the king said, “What does this have to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the Lord said to him, ‘Curse David,’ who can ask, ‘Why do you do this?’”
11 David then said to Abishai and all his officials, “My son, my own flesh and blood, is trying to kill me. How much more, then, this Benjamite! Leave him alone; let him curse, for the Lord has told him to. 12 It may be that the Lord will look upon my misery and restore to me his covenant blessing instead of his curse today.”
This is a man after God’s own heart! And it wasn’t out of David’s perfection, but despite it.
David took his own sins very seriously. He repented from them and received the judgment of God as punishment for it.
You can’t compare Ravi to this.
How It Ends
The greatest proof that David is nothing like Ravi is found at the end of his life.
Ravi finished the race with a trail of sexual scandals that atheists will jump on for centuries. His double life has hurt and wounded victims from all over the world. If we as Christians let this pass, then what does that say to the other wolves in sheep’s clothing, the other hidden sexual predators out there?
Those wolves rejoice in the many Christians in denial as to the seriousness of this. They will say:
“I can do whatever is in my heart to do. I can now take advantage of many. I can abuse and hurt the down-trodeen, beat and destroy and abuse and claim that God is in it. Then, in the last quiet minute of my life I will repent and go to heaven!”
Not so fast Ravi (and other unrepented-double-life-church-leader-wolf-in-sheep’s- clothing-sexual-preditors out there). God’s word is the final judge.
Jesus said in Matthew 7:15-23
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
In the end, David was restored as King. But how did David’s own life end?
1 Kings 1:
Now King David was old and advanced in years. And although they covered him with clothes, he could not get warm. 2 Therefore his servants said to him, “Let a young woman be sought for my lord the king, and let her wait on the king and be in his service. Let her lie in your arms, that my lord the king may be warm.” 3 So they sought for a beautiful young woman throughout all the territory of Israel, and found Abishag the Shunammite, and brought her to the king. 4 The young woman was very beautiful, and she was of service to the king and attended to him, but the king knew her not.
So, in the end of his days, King David abstained from taking advantage of a beautiful young woman. Repentance isn’t a simple prayer of apology to the Lord. It is the consistent actions of a changed mind.
The Greek word for faith is (pistis). One of its meanings is fidelity. This means that faith takes time. It means being faithful to the Lord over a long period of time.
Jesus says it best: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits.”
So, tell me, what are Ravi’s fruits? Are books and lectures and debates enough to earn his salvation, or, is having a continuous and consistent faith towards Jesus the correct answer?
Saying otherwise contradicts the very gospel Ravi professed and claimed to be a part of. By Ravi’s own words he should go to hell.
Otherwise the Lord is false and the atheists true.
But they are wrong. This can only mean that Ravis is hellbound.
And for those other wolves out there, pray that God judges you in this life as He did with David. Confess and receive God’s judgment. Step down from ministry and go to jail if need be. Flee your sins and take the punishment of God in this life. Turn away from your sins and show a true repentance!
Or, wait until you die and go to hell.