Ravi Zacharias: The Holy man Who Never Was

The sins of some people are quite evident, going before them to judgment; for others, their sins follow after.

1 Timothy 5:24 NASB

The context is referring to believers who are the elders and leaders of their church community who are responsible for how they live before God and people. When a Christian leader slips into sin and for whatever reason continues in that lifestyle, God will bring swift judgment which can result in death.

Others, after their departure (death), their sins will surface. This brings me to a man well known to Christians and many intellectuals named Ravi Zacharias. This man deceived countless of Christians as being a godly man even though he lived a double life. Ravi raped, sexually assaulted and manipulated many women for his depraved mind. There is a 12-page report about Ravi Zacharias’ sexual misconduct living a double life here: Report of Independent Investigation into Sexual Misconduct of Ravi Zacharias

I at one time looked up to the man as he said that he wouldn’t even turn on the TV in the hotel to avoid looking at pornography, not knowing that it was all a lie.

Was Ravi Zacharias a Christian? By the standard of the Scriptures, no. Why? Because the Scripture promises that you will be worked on by the Holy Spirit to be more like Christ, not more like the world.

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work among you will complete it by the day of Christ Jesus. -Philippians 1:6

In the Book of 1 John, it describes what a true Christian looks like from a false one.

No one who remains in Him sins continually; no one who sins continually has seen Him or knows Him. -1 John 3:6

The Scripture makes it crystal clear that a true believer in Jesus will not live a life as he did before he knew Christ. There will be clear evidence of a changed man by way of his behavior, his way of thinking and his new goals. He will look more and more like Jesus as time passes by.

Every Christian sins, there is no argument against that, but a Christian will never stay at a place that God disapproves of. For example: If a believer suffers from drugs, you will see a battle take place where he will try to stay away from it but at times he will fall. Eventually, God will make him victorious where he won’t be its victim anymore. There is a process of overcoming sin. Some sins, God takes it away immediately and others, it takes time to defeat.

7 Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; 8 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. -1 John 3:7-8

Don’t let anyone deceive you. Examine those who you see on television, computer, or in your church. See what type of life they live and what type of gospel they preach. Ask yourself, do they live in a sinful lifestyle and do they preach what Scripture says? In verses 7 & 8, it tells you that someone’s lifestyle will suggest if they have been converted or not.

No one who has been born of God practices sin, because His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin continually, because he has been born of God. -1 John 3:9

In verse 9, it makes it apparently clear that a person with the Holy Spirit (seed) cannot live in sin without any remorse and change. The reason why some people who call themselves Christians continue to live in sin is because they have not been changed from within. They mirror the world and its value instead of Christ and His Word. This type of evidence shows you who belongs to Jesus and who belongs to the devil.

To what we know, it seems that Ravi Zacharias died never confessing his sins or changing his behavior. He had 200 pictures of women who were not his wife and some of them were without clothes. He had physical encounters with more than one woman. He preached and defended the gospel then he would go and live like the devil. Friend, when you finish preaching the gospel, you continue to live the gospel. That is what makes you a Christian.

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:27, “but I strictly discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.”

Paul made sure that after he preached the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people that he wouldn’t afterwards live a life of sin, but fought his sinful nature of the flesh not to fall into its traps. That is a picture of a true genuine Christian. We have to fight the flesh, the devil and the world with its devices that can cause Christians to fall.

Our goal is to be more and more like Jesus and less and less like us. John the Baptist put it best…“He must increase, but I must decrease.” -John 3:30

20 thoughts on “Ravi Zacharias: The Holy man Who Never Was

  1. Very interesting post on a very disturbing subject. I’ve read his works and even saw him give a sermon at a local church near home. Everyone felt they were listening to the words of a very bright and articulate man of God, never doubting his justification and sanctification. Now, we wonder. How I wish he were still alive, and we could learn more about what really happened … and, if need be, he could repent. So sad. As you say, you don’t preach Jesus and act Satan.

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  2. Hello Ward, thanks for your comment. I wasn’t sure if I should have written on the subject, but after reading the report and giving it some time, I decided to write my thoughts based on the Scriptures. I wonder where Ravi is at, at this point and time. Is he in heaven, or in hell. I hope he repented before he died. I swing more that he didn’t, based on the 12-page report, but who knows. I hope for his sake that he did.

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  3. I hope he made it to Heaven, too, for at least two reasons: one, because I’ve met him and admire him so he’s a “real person” to me; and two, because it gives me hope for more people that I know who also will make it. From our human perspective, our tolerance for sin is greater than God’s is from His perfect perspective. So many apparent men of God fall short in the sexual arena, trying to keep their activities secret.

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  4. I understand what you are saying. The thing is though that many will be surprised when they tell Jesus all the things they did for Him in their ministry and then having Jesus say to them, “23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; leave Me, you who practice lawlessness.’ -Matthew 7:23

    Ravi died practicing lawlessness. Doesn’t look good for him to be honest. Even Judas Iscariot did things for Jesus and ended up in hell. He started good and finished bad. That is why I like to say that it doesn’t matter that much how you started, but how you finished the race.

    Christians start rocky with their walk with the Lord, but after years with Jesus, you should have grown and become more like Him, not less. That would be a very bad sign.

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  5. I think it’s obvious. To feed the flesh. Now, saying that, it is said that he had back problems. Who knows how true that is but I will give him the benefit of the doubt. Still, that doesn’t mean he should have invested in that and put himself in a place that a Christian shouldn’t be in.

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  6. Ravi’s life should teach us that playing with sin is like playing with fire. It should be put out before one gets burned. And in the process, we can burn others as well.

    I pray, Ward that the Lord may keep me and believers as yourself from falling in that trap. That is why we need to put on the Full Armor of God and walk in His power not ours.

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  7. The report did paint the man that way, as you said and as I wrote. The question becomes, where is he now? The Book of Jude warns those who think that Christianity is a way to make gain. It says that they have a special place in hell, deep and dark.

    Jude is speaking to those who mirror Cain, Balaam, and Korah. Cain was a murderer, Balaam was into witchcraft, and Korah rebelled against God by attacking Moses.

    Jude 1:13
    13 wild waves of the sea, churning up their own shameful deeds like dirty foam; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of darkness has been reserved forever.

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  8. No problem, You and I, not counting many other genuine believers in WordPress, have a humongous responsibility in teaching sound doctrine and living out what we preach. After I read the 12-page report on Ravi. I got on my knees and asked the Lord for protection.

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  9. Amen. I didn’t read the report, that’s commendable you read it; I watched Mr. Winger’s video on Youtube reading it and going over it, man he’s a predator that was into making a “harem” like relations with these women, it is most definitely disturbing

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  10. Yeah, it was. That is crazy that we don’t really know who’s who. Many people want to play Christian but in reality are sharks seeking a victim. We have to stay vigilant and continue, no matter what, to preach the truth of God’s Word.

    I appreciate you taking the time to visit and comment. God bless my brother.

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  11. I think you are well misinformed about the situation. Can a person with cancer be a Christian? When you look at addiction from a disease point of view and not just “sin” then you can say that even though Ravi was an addict/sinner, he was still a Christian and spoke the truth of the gospel. Maybe you should stop judging others and look at your own personal sins and secrets?

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  12. Thank you for your comment.

    “Can a person with cancer be a Christian?”

    I would say, of course, one with cancer be a Christian. It doesn’t have anything to do with his morality.

    ” When you look at addiction from a disease point of view and not just “sin” then you can say that even though Ravi was an addict/sinner”

    Sin is not a disease. Nowhere in Scripture does it describe it in that manner. Sin is when you go against what God says not to do. Cheating on your wife is not a disease. That alone doesn’t make any sense. You are trying to make it that it wasn’t Ravi’s fault. Sin also means to do things that are evil. It was an evil thing for him to be with other women. Am I right?

    “he was still a Christian and spoke the truth of the gospel.”

    How can you be a Christian, preach the gospel then turn around and sleep with other women? Jesus said in Matthew 7:15-20, “15 Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor figs from thistles, are they? 17 So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 So then, you will know them by their fruits.”

    What did Ravi get from his ministry and from serving God? Lots of money. He got, to be more accurate, millions of dollars. He got rich from preaching about God. I think that, that alone was his incentive for him to continue to lie to people about his sinful secret lifestyle.

    A true Christian cannot continue in a sinful lifestyle like what Ravi did. It just proves that he wasn’t saved and never belonged to the Lord Jesus Christ.

    1 John 3:9 “No one who has been born of God practices sin, because His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin continually, because he has been born of God.”

    The verse in 1 John 3:9, says it very clear. Everyone sins, but there is a difference. It is one thing to fall and then gets up, and another to continue in sin for decades.

    “Maybe you should stop judging others and look at your own personal sins and secrets?”

    I have and have written about my personal sins. You can read how God helped me to overcome sin in my life. Feel free to read it here: https://spiritualminefield.wordpress.com/2020/09/15/how-the-lord-helped-me-to-overcome-lust/

    I think that it would be prudent to be very careful who you listen to and follow because you can get deceived. Only follow Jesus Christ. He alone never sinned and is trustworthy with His promises found in the Scriptures.

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