John Macarthur claims that Ravi Zacharias never ever quotes scripture. Hardly a difficult claim to disprove but this is no light matter. On the one hand, Macarthur stands against one rumoured sin but happily, and publicly, indulges in another. Is this ok?
Here is the first part of my letter to him.
Dear John Macarthur,
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” – Romans 1:1.
Established and Steadfast
I commend you for standing up for the faith. In a time when politics have so infiltrated many so-called Christian gatherings and brought many to their knees, you have resisted and remained focused on the greater calling.
It is with great disappointment, however, that I feel the need to write this as I expected far more wisdom and discernment from you. This I write not to call you to account nor to encourage anyone to hate you. Simply because you have decided to go public with your judgements regarding a man with whom you “interacted with a number of times through the years”, these are your own words, that is why I feel the necessity to go public in my response so that those who heard you will know the truth regarding the claims you made.
This is not a letter to convince you of anything but to have you reconsider the claims that you have made against Ravi Zacharias.
I have this against you
I refer you back to a sitting you had with a few gentlemen in March of 2021. In it you make the claim that Ravi Zacharias, and I quote, “never ever ever quotes the scriptures. Never!“
For reference, I am speaking of the following video John MacArthur questions Ravi Zacharias salvation – Must Watch! – YouTube at minute 5:10.
This is false. It is a blatant lie.
You’re not satisfied with that, however. You continue.
“The dead giveaway“, you say, “is that the word of God is God’s sanctifying tool and it just wasn’t part of his life. That, to me, was a dead giveway.” Minute 5:23
“Never ever ever quotes the scriptures”
First of all, to know whether the Ravi never ever quotes scripture you would have to provide every minute of Ravi’s life and show that, in fact, he truly “never ever ever” quoted scripture. On the other hand, I merely need to show you one occasion. If in this occasion he quotes scripture, your claim becomes false.
Worse, I am willing to go so far as to say, being someone who has listened to Ravi’s sermons over and over and over again, that not only does he quote scriptue on occasion but he quotes scripture throughout his sermons, in ever sermon, and to every crowd.
Second of all, Ravi Zacharias didn’t only speak to a Christian audience. In most public occasions, Ravi spoke to Atheist and Anti-Theist crowds who disregard scripture as a reliable source of evidence. Still, that never stopped him from quoting scripture to them.
The Dead Giveaway
Third of all, if not quoting scripture is, to you, a dead giveaway of someone’s lack of repentance or faithfulness, will the opposite be true too, that seeing that scripture was in fact a huge part of someone’s life be, to you, a dead giveaway that the person in question was indeed a man of God? You don’t seem to give Ravi Zacharias that respect here.
Always always Quotes the Scriptures
See the following video: A Fish Out Of Water – YouTube. You don’t have to search much, just watch 40 seconds. Ravi speaks about Jonah and does so from the book of Jonah. I pick this because it just so happens to be the first, alphabetically, of many talks that I have of the man.
Ok, so that was a sermon. Of course one would quote scriptue in a sermon, right?
Let’s look at an interview that Ravi had with Dave Rubin in 2019, How My Crisis Can Help You Find Meaning In Your Life | Ravi Zacharias | SPIRITUALITY | Rubin Report – YouTube. Watch 2 minutes of this, past the introduction. Ravi quotes scripture in the very first answer to the very first question he is asked. In case someone holds me to that, the first remarks that Ravi makes are not a response to a question, they are simply comments on Dave Rubin’s intro. The first question he is asked is regarding, “Christian Apologist” and what it means.
Now, I can give you a list of over 120 talks that Ravi made. These are only 120 that I have records of. In every one of those he quotes scripture throughout his talk. As I said above, I only need to mention one, and I call your lie. In this letter, I have pointed out two occasions and I am ready to give you a list of over 120 more.
Does that standard apply to you too?
You claim that Ravi Zacharias was unrepentant of his sins. I will delve into this deeper in part 2 of my letter, but may I ask you, are you repentant of lying about Ravi Zacharias? Would you be willing to publicly apologise the same way you publicly judged?
After all, you do make the claim also that for a “high profile preacher” to sin in one certain way, they have to be living a life of sin in many other categories, minute 2:42. You wouldn’t want that said of you too, would you? The scriptures do put adultery, murder, lying and gossiping in one boat, right? If you hate one, you must hate the others too.