Is Ravi Zacharias condemned to hell because of the sex scandal that stumbled many?
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
Should we judge Ravi?
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, stalwart mega-church founder, who lives a gay life, or Joel Osteen, who preaches a false gospel?
NO ONE IS QUALIFIED. We all have ‘secret sins‘ that plays in the windmills of our minds.
“Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.“
Disgrace to the Evangelical movement
Ravi’s awfully tainted testimony does not invalidate the Gospel. However, he brought disgrace to the Evangelical movement, who so loved him. He’s scorned by Calvinists, who he once criticized. The one who suffers isn’t us, but his family.
RAVI’S AWFULLY TAINTED TESTIMONY DOES NOT INVALIDATE THE GOSPEL
Is Ravi Zacharias in heaven?
God’s love compels ALL sinners who repent, believe, and receive Christ—saved. Yes, he lied (Ps. 58:3; Rev. 21:8), but we go to heaven not because were sinless but because of Jesus. On the other hand, those who reject Christ are in hell.
God’s love compels all sinners who repent, believe and receive Christ to be saved.
“…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.“
Is Ravi Zacharias in hell?
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.
He denied his sins and called those who accused him “demonic.” We will never know if Ravi Zacharias repented. But God is sovereign in our lives, and like a lost child—God’s love abounds. The question is, did Ravi repent because repentance is a requirement for salvation.
Position doesn’t elevate anyone: Don’t look up to men
Bill Hybels, who like Ravi, had position and prestige. They proved having a “high-rank” does not make a better Christian. If Pastors like them weren’t exposed, would they have repented? Hence, we have wolves among the sheep.