As a reminder, the points raised were:
1. How does one explain Romans 6:1-2?
“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin, how can we live in it any longer?”
In those two verses, Paul emphasizes the fact that true repentance always results in either the cessation of sin or at least the hindering of the full expression of sin. The pattern the New Testament holds before us is one of progressive righteousness in the life of the true believer, not unrelenting “living” in sin.
If Ravi did repent, as you say, “… at many stages of his life, publicly and privately”, then why did the pattern of sin go on unabated throughout his life? Ravi not only persisted in his sin but went to great lengths to finance it and hide it from those he should have been accountable.
2. Bearing that in mind isn’t the best description of Ravi Zacharias found in Jude 1:4
“For certain men have crept in among you unnoticed – ungodly ones who were designated long ago for condemnation. They turn the grace of our God into a license for immorality…”?
Harsh words. Let’s deal with the second of these two items today.
Dear kind reader,
Once again, thank you for your kind comment and great points.
In this letter, I want to deal with two incredibly dangerous habits that we, Christians, seem to keep falling into and yet find no reason to correct in ourselves.
Quoting Out Of Context
This is one of the most horrible habits I see in the Church today. We quote out of context and see no problem in it. We point at others and ‘tsk-tsk-tsk’ at their bad habits and mistakes. To give our rifles more ammo, we pick out verses and passages from the Bible but refuse to understand the context and so we end up condemning ourselves.
If not the entire book of Jude, which is only one chapter, can we at least read the entire verse that you have referenced?
For certain people have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into indecent behavior and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.Jude 1:4 NASB
Is it proper that you have purposely kept out the last few words of that verse?
Jude is obviously speaking here of those who never believed in God or in Jesus Christ but use the grace of God as an excuse to indulge in sin. “God can forgive, therefore, let us just sin.“
Are we suggesting that Ravi never even believed? The years of service, the books written, those were things he thought were myth and legend not truth and life? Have we seriously assumed the place of God as our own and claim to know the hearts of men?
I find it strange that now that the late apologist has passed away, accusations of infidelity fly around and suddenly we shove God out of His seat and say, “Ah, wretched man that everyone else is. Go to hell!”
Condemnation Out Of Place
With all my love and respect, my dear dear brother, let me say this: I believe strongly, and with all my heart, that any person who has looked on to the life of Ravi Zacharias and heard the accusations made, yet their response was one of judgement and pride, that person is playing a dangerous game. I question their faith.
This is the very reason why I felt the dire need to have this website.
Do you know what my reaction was when I first heard all the news? Honestly and genuinely, I fell to my knees and said, “Lord, if all the accusations are true and men like Ravi can fall, how much more can I? Would you guard my heart and mind? Would you protect me?”
This, I do not say with any intention to give credit to myself. In fact, I heard many other believers admit to feeling the same way.
We are forgiven but we remain frail. We are saved but our flesh remains sinful. The day we forget that is the day we call God a liar and prove that the Truth never lived in us.
May God have mercy on us when we dare take His place and point to our fellow believer and condemn them straight to hell. You have claimed that Ravi was prepared long ago for condemnation. Remember this, my brother, God will never use a person condemned to hell to spread His gospel. He will always save them first.
What can the righteous do?
- Draw nearer to God.
- Pray without ceasing.
- Look inward more often than outward.
- Desire to be held accountable ourselves first.
- Forgive others as God has forgiven us.
- Correct with love not pride.
- Leave place for God to deal with the heart.