A great preacher and pastor who loved God, is Ravi Zacharias in hell?
The allegations of sexual misconduct first made rounds through Email in 2017. It gained traction last year. When Christianity Today exposed it, the dam broke. After four years of containing Ravi’s “spa scandal,” RZIM released the following statement on February 11, 2021:
“We are shocked and grieved by Ravi’s actions. As Ravi Zacharias was the founder of our ministry and the leader of our staff, community, and team, we also feel a deep need for corporate repentance.“
The RZIM Board has released the full investigation report on Ravi Zacharias and an accompanying statement: https://t.co/MFKZIquSea— RZIM (@RZIMhq) February 11, 2021
Did Ravi abuse God’s grace?
When asked about Ravi, John MacArthur said, “You have to fabricate lies on a complex level… the machinations around that sin are massive.”
We may claim to be Christians and know spiritual things—but abuse grace. This is trampling on the blood of Jesus, and it disables us from getting the prize. (Hebrews 6:4)
Great men of the Bible abused God’s grace too
Solomon’s horrific sins included adultery and idolatry. Although there were confessions, we’re not sure if he fully repented. Does that mean he is now rotting in hell? In contrast, Ravi denied his sin and even called those who accused him of sexual abuse “demonic.”
If one receives the “knowledge of the truth” yet sins deliberately, he is mocking the blood of Jesus. No sacrifice for sin is left except the fearful expectation of hell (Hebrews 10:26). In short, one has disqualified himself.
1 Corinthians 6:9
“… do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality…”
Ravi cannot be the exception, but didn’t Jesus die for him too?
Ravi said, “The hazard in my life is to answer questions.” As an apologist, he preached on the ‘Problem of Pleasures,’ Ways to Overcome Temptation, and Overcoming porn. He got the answers but failed to apply them perfectly.
If we criticize Ravi, we may be guilty of judging God’s servant. Only God knows his heart. But how is his sin different from trans-pastor Paula Williams, who lives a gay life, or Benny Hinn and Joel Osteen, who preaches a different gospel?
“Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord can make them stand.”
We may be guilty of judging God’s servant.
The Gospel Ravi preached does not invalidate it
Ravi’s awfully tainted testimony does not invalidate the Gospel. However, when a highly regarded Christian falls, it cheapens it. He brought disgrace to the evangelical movement, which so loved him. He’s scorned by Calvinists, who he once criticized. However, it’s his family who bears the brunt of disgrace.
Is Ravi Zacharias in heaven?
God’s love compels ALL sinners who repent, believe, and receive Christ—to be saved. Yes, he lied (Ps. 58:3; Rev. 21:8), but we go to heaven not because we are sinless but because of Jesus. On the other hand, those who reject Christ are in hell.
“…if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins.
There is only the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies.”
God’s love compels all sinners who repent.
Is Ravi Zacharias in hell right now?
Ravi chose to live a double life. Overwhelming evidence of emails, photos, and asking someone you violated to pray with you [saying it’s for God’s glory] is sickening. This means we should throw Ravi’s books in the bin and never listen to him again.
Ravi never admitted his sins in the pulpit and even called those who accused him “demonic.” However, God is sovereign in our lives, and His love abounds.
Faith, repentance, and fruit
Faith and repentance go together as the requirement for salvation. Its evidence is good fruit. Undoubtedly, the blood of Jesus covers all our sins. More so, nothing can separate us from the love of Christ, that is if we truly belong to Him.
The bottom line, only God knows those He called to be His children. We know nothing except that we, too, need mercy and grace. Praise be the Lord Jesus!
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