The “What” and “Why” of Opinions

by | May 20, 2021 | 6 comments

I will preface this by saying that this post is not going to delve into the “what” and “why” of this website. Here, I am only discussing what the Opinions section will be about and why I think it will be of any benefit that I share my opinions at all.

My main focus for RZIam wasn’t originally to publish any of my own thoughts or opinions but to keep the work and writings of Ravi Zacharias very much alive. However, after shocking responses of certain well-known people regarding Ravi Zacharias, I felt that there was a need for someone to provide a correction and give another perspective to everything that was said.

I do not claim to be right always but I do believe I have good intentions.

What For?

When the report came out regarding the claims made against Ravi Zacharias, many well-known Christians were asked to make a comment on the subject and, rather than be wise and discerning to take their time in voicing their opinion, they happily threw Ravi under the bus and cleaned their hands from any association with him.

On the one hand, it may be understandable given the dire need for Christians to stand against any and all sin. However, on the other hand, the attitude with which these Christians responded made me question their faithfulness to Scripture.

Big names like William Lane Craig, John MacArthur and John Piper. Lesser names like Ray Comfort, David Wood and Todd Friel. All of these and more took aim at Ravi and did not particularly condemn the sin as the subject of their rants but go so far to take the place of God and condemn the man to hell.

These men will undoubtedly mislead many people because of their remarks. Many unbelievers will see the hypocrisy of these men who, although they stand against the man now, once begged to have him endorse their books and ministries because, without him, no one knew them. I’m looking at you, banana man.

Also, many believers may be wondering what to think when they have been so influenced and equipped by the words and messages of Ravi Zacharias and are now torn between that and what these men of God are saying.

I do not want to tell you how to think but I do want to give you another perspective.

Why?

This brings me to the very purpose of the Opinions section.

As I said, my intention is to merely give another perspective.

Having taken time to read and listen what the opinions of these men are regarding Ravi Zacharias, I distanced myself from the initial emotional reaction and gave myself pause to ponder how best to respond.

Quite often we get caught up in the moment and jump the gun to shut others down for the sake of publicising our own thoughts and opinions. I didn’t want to do that. Instead, I wanted to wait and provide my opinion in a fair and edifying manner.

Therefore, let me please make sure that you, dear reader, understand that I do not intend to take aim against these men. As I stated above, I still refer to these men as, “men of God”. Also, when I was shocked by what these men were saying, what I questioned was not their faith but their “faithfulness to scripture”.

I have books written by John Piper and Ray Comfort. I listen to Todd Friel’s Podcast, I watch David Wood’s YouTube videos and I love the writings of John MacArthur. My intention is not to attack these men or their ministries but to point out the hypocrisy in their attacks against Ravi Zacharias.

6 Comments

  1. Benjamin

    I was born and raised in a communist country, Romania. My spiritual growth, as Christian, was in the underground church, not in the official one. Our mentors were brothers with many years of imprisonment and camp labor. When the communism fell in Romania I was 36 years old, therefore I know the system out of personal experience.
    The communist’s common strategy was first to smear the Christian leaders with false accusations made by “trustworthy informants from the church” and published in official media. Followed by trials in which they were not allowed to defend themselves being declared enemies of the regime and sent to jails, labor camps, or demoted to the lowest jobs.
    Accusing the person, when he is not allowed or able to defend himself, is an old and dirty strategy.
    I see how that system is creeping here in the US, but the problem is that many American well intentioned citizens are not aware and not able to discern the strategy, because this is something new for them. But very obvious for a critical thinker.

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    • RZIam Admin

      Hi Benjamin, thank you for taking the time to read and respond. We are definitely living in an evil time. This is why the book of Revelation repeats, “To the one who overcomes…”, because these times are going to test us and separate the tares from the wheat. We ought to be diligent, faithful in our stands and critical in our thinking, as you mentioned.

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  2. Eileen Turrentine

    Thank you for not jumping on the bandwagon to condemn Ravi. Thankfully, he is in the hands of our righteous and holy God, who knows all truth, and not in the hands of people who only know what they have read or heard. We live in an age when lies and slander are far more prevalent and used often to destroy men’s reputations. So, I think it is much wiser to resist believing what seems to be completely out of character.

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    • RZIam Admin

      Hi Eileen,

      Thank you for your comment.

      At the end of the day, God is the only supreme judge. He knows every detail and is aware of even the most private areas of our lives.

      This is why I find it disappointing that so many have risen to condemn someone to hell when they don’t know the full truth and, even if they did, they should be aware of their own failings and remember that they are not God.

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  3. Kobi

    Thank you for this. At least I am not the only one who thinks along these same lines. Seeing the entire RZIM organization crumble to oblivion and notable preachers being so sure of his guilt was not only heartbreaking but dumbfounding. How could they be so sure of his guilt? Having no reservations whatsoever when Ravi could not defend himself. What evidence on earth is so damning that cannot be fabricated? Or should we also believe that a man of his caliber had no enemies? A sign of our times I guess ….

    It is possible to know someone by their fruits. That’s scriptural.

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    • RZIam Admin

      Hi Kobi, thank you for your comment.

      What all of these people have done is go far beyond just pinning these rumours on Ravi but also go so far as to say that he is guilty and non-repentant. It is one thing to believe a rumour, it is another to also claim you are all-knowing, as God is, and say that (if there is fault) he was never repentant of it.

      Imagine that.

      May God have mercy on those who have sought refuge in their pride.

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