Other heavy accusations made by this one popular, high profile preacher, John Macarthur, against Ravi Zacharias is that he only got into ministry for the money, that he was unrepentant of his sins and that for a high profile preacher to sin in one area means he is sinning in many others.
I’d like to touch on these and end my response, which I began in a previous post, to Macarthur.
Dear John Macarthur,
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 1:3.
I write again to you because I felt that one letter hardly satisfied the multiple accusations you made regarding Ravi Zacharias. The rumours against him are heavy and, if true, horrific. However, you have shown that you don’t seem to care much about those rumours as you went off on a tangent and made wild, unsubstantiated, unrelated claims.
Filthy Lucre, Money
In calling Ravi Zacharias a False Teacher, despite everything he ever spoke in public being true and biblical — unless of course you care to point me to any false teaching in particular — you went further to say that he only got into the ministry for one reason — “filthy lucre, money”.
This is slander (the bible considers this a heavy sin, does it not?) and absolutely not true. I don’t want to get into this any deeper but I am appalled at this claim. If Ravi did this for the money, why was his wife kicked out of their home (Read Email from My Mom published originally on DefendingRavi.com)? RZIM owned the house. Where are his multi-million dollar homes?
Julie Roys uncovers horrible money-related habits from someone more familiar to you and I in her article The Prosperous Lifestyle of America’s Anti-Prosperity Gospel Preacher.
This claim baffles me too. His phones and private life were investigated in order for some evidence to come to light that Ravi is indeed guilty of the sins he is accused of. No such hard proof evidence was shown, only hearsay. That doesn’t mean he isn’t guilty but that even an investigation couldn’t unearth much if anything.
Nevertheless, no one cared to investigate and see whether Ravi was repentant of these sins, if indeed he is guilty of them. While we’re on the topic, we may as well ask, to whom must Ravi have been repentant? To you? To me?
The thief on the cross sinned against many in his life. At the last, he simply asked, “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” (Luke 23:42).
What was Jesus’ response? “You never ever ever quoted scripture”, No? Maybe, “All you ever did was for filthy lucre, money.” Also no?
Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
If Ravi Zacharias were guilty of all the rumours raised against him, if he even weren’t a Christian at all, he only needed to recognise the Lord Jesus for who He truly is and that he is a sinner and unworthy of that salvation. Ravi Zacharias did that at many stages of his life, publicly and privately.
Enough is Enough
Having reached this point in my letter, I don’t even want to get into that final claim I meant to tackle. For a Christian pastor to go up on stage and spread gossip, slander and rumours against anyone let alone a brother in Christ is sickening.
The book of Romans has plenty to say about these sorts of sins, grouping slander and gossip with murder and wicked, evil, debauched lifestyles.
May we look to our calling and focus on our own lives. There is plenty in us that is in dire need of moulding still. May the Lord have mercy on us when we choose pride over humility, judgement over mercy, hatred over love.
– Your brother in Christ.