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.
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.
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.