On Discerning Ravi Zacharias: It’s time to say what needs to be said

Elizabeth Prata of The End Times examines the ministry of beloved apologist Ravi Zacharias.  The things she reveals about Ravi will not sit well with many Christians, some may even choose to go on the attack.  Now, I’m the fist to admit that I don’t like it when someone is critical of  a Christian leader I hold in high esteem.  My tendency is to hit the denial button and place my head in the sand.  “Noooooo, this can’t be true!”  But in these troubling times in which we live, more often than not we discover that the charges are true for the reason that information, both negative and positive, is easily gleaned from the Internet.

In Ravi’s case, Prata offers plenty of hard facts and includes links.  As the old saying goes, facts are stubborn things.

Before I move on, I must remind my brothers and sisters in Christ that we are not called to be popular; we are called to contend and defend (Jude 1:3), which means that those who do so will often be criticized, sneered at, even hated. No doubt Elizabeth Prata will receive a lot of flak for daring to “judge” one of our idols — Christians love our idols.  So please keep this noble Berean in prayer.

The Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”  (Acts 17:11)

Now to Elizabeth’s piece:

Ravi Zacharias PreachingRavi Zacharias is an Indian born,  Canadian-American Christian whose ministry is apologetics. Zacharias speaks at large gatherings, conferences, and events on the topics of Christianity and defending the faith. He also has a radio program, “Let My People Think.” He is well known for being intelligent, philosophical, and an excellent speaker in his command of the English language.

Even though there are some towering men of the faith, we must continue to do our duty and test all things against scripture. No one is immune from potential apostasy, error, or sin. Let us examine Mr Zacharias.

The link below brings you to an essay written in 2008. Since that time Ravi has descended further into questionable associations. At one point he praised Catholic Mystic Henry Nouwen, in addition to compromising on Mormon theology as you will read in the link below of that and other compromises

Ravi’s slide downward

Though Ravi later retracted his endorsement of Nouwen and Merton here

But let’s take a look at his activity and statements over time, and compare to scripture.

2009: Ravi signed the ecumenical document called the Manhattan Declaration which calls for Catholics and Protestants to partner on moral issues (source). This is a violation of 2 Corinthians 6:14 and Ephesians 5:11.

2012: Ravi appears on Joyce Meyer Today, and says to Meyer, “God has used you” and calls her a ‘great bible teacher’ (youtube clip). This is a violation of one of the qualifications of elders, that they protect the sheep and remain in sound doctrine according to the biblical qualifications of teaching elders as per 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. His endorsement of Meyer was also a violation of the advice on Proverbs which says leaders use their wisdom to guide and lead. (Prov. 11:14; 24:6).

Ravi Zacharias calls false teacher Joyce Meyer a great teacher?

2014: Ravi waffles on age of earth, Ken Ham has response. This denies the clear and straightforward text of Genesis and is a setting aside of Romans 15:4.

2015: Credible allegations were made that Ravi has allegedly  inflated/exaggerated/misrepresented his scholarly credentials. (NOTE: Patheos is not a site we would ever recommend.)

Proverbs 19:9 says he who breathes out lies will perish. When the allegations surfaced, certain information was immediately removed from the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) website. The allegations claimed,

-He was not a visiting scholar at Cambridge.
-He refers to himself as Dr Zacharias yet has no earned doctoral degree, they are all conferred.
-He claims to have lectured at the world’s most prestigious universities.
-He claims to be a scholar yet has published nothing in scholarly journals and does not have peer reviewed research.  Continue reading

Related:

Does the Bible really say we’re not to judge? By Marsha West

To warn is to love By Bill Muehlenberg

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42 Responses to On Discerning Ravi Zacharias: It’s time to say what needs to be said

  1. Ben January 7, 2016 at 3:38 pm #

    He is a motivational speaker – Purpose Driven

    He is also Influenced by Occult books from C.S. Lewis

    • Denise January 7, 2016 at 9:09 pm #

      Yup.

    • Bantei October 20, 2016 at 10:53 am #

      Do not jugde others because they sin differently than you.
      Instead of making ill speaking against him, it will be more useful if you can share directly to others the truth about Christ as Ravi did positively. No human can be 100% perfect in his or her endeavours but still then God has been using them in some way or the other. Ravi has never denied the truth about the living God, Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit. He is a strong Christian believer. He has accepted Christ through his own encounter with Christ and experienced him who he is. While he was a hindu many Christians would have been wished him to accept christianity. But now when he has accepted, some christians started becoming jealous of him and the way and talent that God uses him.

      • Bantei October 20, 2016 at 10:57 am #

        Ravi Zaccharias is a blessed man of God. May God continue to use him mightily in the days to come.

        • Me January 1, 2017 at 12:04 am #

          And you are ……..

  2. Charlie Craig January 7, 2016 at 7:18 pm #

    There is a similar example going on, now, in politics. Pointing out the shortcomings in our own brothers and sisters shows the world our dissention in our family. Time would be better spent, revealing the real ‘enemy’ and talking about them.(The world, the flesh and the devil, come to mind) But more importantly, speaking about the necessity and urgency of Salvation, while you’re still on this earth, while there’s still time. God will use most all things to draw and bring people to Himself. He has always used, sinful, imperfect, human beings to deliver the message about Himself and Jesus, crucified, to save His people from their sin. Are they perfect, no, does God use them, yes. I have received encouragement from Ravi and joyce at certain times in my life. Do I follow them, no. Believe and connect with Him JESUS, and the Holy Spirit, not man, and you will be satisfied. ‘believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.’ Call HIS name.

    • Faith January 8, 2016 at 7:36 pm #

      1. We are to point out false doctrine and the false teachers they come from.
      If they truly are a ‘brother,’ then they should know better, but regardless that has priority; pointing out the false teaching. We do not protect the wolf at the expense of the sheep, but rather vice versa. I get so sick of these tired old excuses from the apostate emergent church. We don’t set up a good example by embracing false teaching and false teachers.
      2. We are to divide. Guess why! The truth divides. It divides from error. It divides those who follow truth from those who follow false teachings. Jesus said His Word will divide households. That includes those claiming to be the ‘family of faith.’ In the end, the division lines show where the true family is from the false one.
      3. False teaching IS the real enemy. Satan infiltrates the true target, the CHURCH, and wants nothing better than to go undetected. His target is the church. The world is already in sin and judged. We must judge within the church. The devil is in the church raping it and you want us to worry about the unsaved? We must protect the sheep first! The devil is bringing the world and the flesh into the church, that is the whole problem. The gospel has always been there for you to take to the world. There is great deception going on and we can’t play the role of the ostrich.
      4. God does not use ‘most all things’ to draw people to Himself. Most all things are fallen and in sin.
      5. We are to repent from our sin and he uses those to be a true witness for Him. His power is not demonstrated in those who compromise with sin and false teaching. No one is ‘perfect’ but we are to be holy and that is also in the bible.
      6. That is SO not even the point of any of this though.
      7. It does not matter if they said anything that is sometimes true. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

      “But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler– not even to eat with such a one. 12For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? 13But those who are outside, God judges. REMOVE THE WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOURSELVES.”
      1 Cor. 5; 11-13
      Can’t you just hear those deceived by satan saying “but… but…. that is just dividing the body! What sort of example does that set to the outside world?” Answer:
      The right one! God’s Word is Truth. Stick with it, not them.

      • Beth January 12, 2016 at 7:38 am #

        Well said, Faith!

      • Larry Trowbridge January 14, 2016 at 2:40 pm #

        Amen Faith! It takes courage to say what God’s Word says especially when it goes against the ‘popular/well liked’ teachers of our day.

      • Ben January 16, 2016 at 8:13 am #

        Exactly, you hit the nail on the head the apostate emergent pastors/teachers spreading a seeker- friendly,social- gospel, preaching a twisted Biblical message.
        they are on the preachers circuit running from church to church, meeting to meeting honorariums and love offerings ( Raising money) is the motive.

      • Rebecca Prewett January 20, 2016 at 10:41 am #

        Answering divisive “discerners”

        In what has come to be called Jesus’ high priestly prayer, offered in the hours leading up to His crucifixion, He prayed, “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”
        ‭‭John‬ ‭17:20-21‬

        We cannot claim to love Jesus Christ if we do not share His heart for unity. Are we truly one with others in the Body of Christ or do we cause the world to sneer at our disunity, disagreements, bickering, and sniping at one another?

        God forgive me for the times I have been divisive under the guise of “discernment”!

        But, wait — doesn’t God require us to disassociate from brethren who teach what I am convinced are wrong things?

        “But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler – not even to eat with such a one.” 1 Corinthians 5:11

        Notice what’s missing on the list: teaching or believing theological error or false doctrine.

        “But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.”
        ‭‭Titus‬ ‭3:9-11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

        We are also to avoid those who stir up division with controversies and quarreling over the Word of God, especially the law — because it is warped and sinful to do such a thing! Again, may God forgive me for the times when I was guilty of such terrible behavior, and so far from the mind of Christ that I actually thought I was protecting His Body, rather than attacking it.

        “The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.”
        ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭12:21-26‬ ‭ESV‬‬

        Lest you think this applies only to local churches, please be aware that Christ has one Body — one Bride — and not multiple ones.

        Although I disagree with a number of things I’ve read so far on this blog, it is not for me to judge the salvation of the authors and thus I cannot say, “I have no need of them.” Instead, I must honor them as Christ would have me do — even in the face of disagreements that are probably irreconcilable this side of Heaven.

        “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit — just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call — one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
        ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:1-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

        May the Holy Spirit bring forth more fruit in our lives, especially that we might grow in love for one another.

        • Ben January 20, 2016 at 2:22 pm #

          ESV New- Age Bible

      • Bro. Nick January 3, 2017 at 3:23 am #

        Faith – AMEN ! ~ and AMEN ! ~ and AMEN ! to your Biblically sound comment ! ! !

        Oh that more people will remember – or that they will learn and actually believe that
        – ‘We do not protect the wolf at the expense of the sheep, but rather vice versa.’

        It should be remembered what “the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” personally said about “HIRELINGS” – the ‘FAL$E TEACHER$ and FAL$E TEACHER$’:
        “I am the good shepherd:
        the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
        But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth:
        and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
        The hireling fleeth,
        because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.”
        (John 10:11-13 ~ AV)
        .

      • Mila May 8, 2017 at 6:35 pm #

        Absolutely! Well said!

        • Larry Trowbridge May 9, 2017 at 3:23 pm #

          The apostle Paul addressed publicly calling out those who are in error…more than once.
          1 Timothy 5:19-22, Galatians 2:11-14

  3. Denise January 7, 2016 at 9:13 pm #

    Those who disagree in showing the disloyalty, sin, and danger of Zacharias, I believe this explains why it is necessary (besides Rom.16:17-19; Matt. 7, etc) to do so:

    There is one, Christian gospel and together with it, one unified apostolic corpus of sound doctrine. It is all foundational, fundamental and primary. There is not the gospel, and tertiary issues stemming from it, whereby we may foster a superficial unity according to our own tastes. The biblical doctrines are explanations of God’s perfections. God weds Himself to His doctrine, and the Spirit of God convicts and sanctifies according to the unified corpus of truth. Since there is one corpus of sound doctrine, one cannot reduce the truth to being ‘right on the Gospel’ while unfaithful to other matters of sound doctrine and practice. How must you live rightly before God (1 John 1:1-4; Jude 1:3). First, by the merits of His blessed Son, you must have faith in Jesus Christ alone for the remission of sins, turning from wickedness and serving Him. This is a work of God wrought in those whom He has elected unto salvation. He thus grants to such undeserving sinners grace through faith and the gift of repentance. He also imputes to them the righteouesness of God, while imputing their sins to the perfect spotless Lamb, the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ satisfied the wrath of God against sinners, by His substitutionary atonement on Calvary’s cross. One must be born again, or else spiritual realities will be rejected by the carnal mind. Second, one must live as if all doctrines are vitally important and true, and thus true fellowship with Jesus Christ and His apostles is on this basis. The unity of the Christian church, the biblical church, stands not on our boasting in our disagreements and fraternities in spite of them, but in pursuing unity in being found in Jesus Christ as expressed in the unified corpus of sound doctrine. Christian maturation is such because for the Christian to mature, he/she must grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ and receive all of His unified teachings, living according to them. Because error reduces or peverts the unified truth in Scripture, the believer must fight for every strand of doctrinal purity, because doctrinal purity is the sanctifying means through which one can live a godly life in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ commanded His disciples to ‘teach all that I command you to teach.” Therefore, all matters of Christian theology and sound doctrine are vital to the life of the Christian.

    ~ Doron Gladden, BCRI https://bcri.wordpress.com/

  4. BERRY FARMER January 8, 2016 at 6:15 am #

    Isaiah 2:22 . 2 Timothy 4:3-4 . 2 Peter 3:15-16 . 2 Timothy was Paul’s only letter written after 2 Peter. 2 Timothy 1:15 . John 3:8 . God is not limited to work only through man! Elizabeth Prata will be the first one to agree with this!

  5. Darrel January 8, 2016 at 3:21 pm #

    RZ is one of the more sophisticated ‘angel of light’ types. For a man to have no definite statement concerning the questions of our day and still claim to be an “apologist” is nothing short of fraudulent. His answer to the question: “Do Christians and muslims worship the same God” bounces back and forth and ends up with the conclusion that the answer is “complex” while SEEMING to give a straight forward answer this “complex” conclusion leaves the door open for one to draw his own conclusion-apart from the Word of God and guided by wishful thinking (in other words, yes they do). He routinely avoids answering pointed questions which is taboo for all “apologists” even the fake ones like himself. All of his “answers” seen thus far are nothing but his own idea of how things ought to be, he cites little to no Scripture (even his fellow frauds make use of the Bible) and his “gospel” is based on something crudely resembling man’s philosophy of life. RZ opts for today’s “contextualization” of the Gospel rather than the Holy Spirit’s power to convict men of their sins, in fact finding the word “sin” in his vocabulary may be a futile search along with “repentance”. Apologetics to RZ is nothing more than a huge, almost eternal DEBATE rather than a clear unambiguous message from God to man: “Repent and believe the Gospel.” If there is any encouragement be found in his speech it is fully and only based in the flesh, there is no spiritual food that will nourish, rather you will find only poison. In his pod cast of 1-7-16 we find a short list of his heroes: Billy Graham, Joni-Erickson-Tada, James Dobson, Anne Graham Lotz. Ecumenical heretics all. Yes, there is guilt by association. Listen further to his 12 minute speech of nonsense and you will find him changing the Word to suit his whim and promote his latest endeavor (today is seems to be “world missions”, tomorrow, who knows).

    For the redeemed to listen to such a man as this is beyond dangerous, it’s lethal to your spiritual life. If there are not huge red flags and alarms going off constantly you may want to determine whether you are saved or not. The Holy Spirit will not leave a child of God in such a cesspool and do nothing to extract him (remember Lot?) so if you enjoy his lies then continue with them at your own peril.

    • Bro. Nick January 2, 2017 at 11:48 pm #

      Darel – I totally concur with your Biblically sound comments about Mr. Zacharias – which also apply to the constantly increasing numbers of Biblically WARNED about ‘FAL$E TEACHER$ and FAL$E PROPHET$’ – not only here in ‘Amerika’ – but all around the world

      – BUT – How very-very few people that call themselves ‘Christians’ pay any attention whatsoever to the Very Strong ‘END-TIMES’ Biblical WARNING:
      “This know also,
      that in the last days perilous times shall come.
      For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents,
      unthankful, unholy,
      Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce,
      despisers of those that are good,
      Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
      Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof:
      FROM SUCH TURN AWAY.
      For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
      Ever learning,
      and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
      Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth:
      men of corrupt minds,
      reprobate concerning the faith.
      But they shall proceed no further:
      for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.
      ~
      But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse,
      DECEIVING, AND BEING DECEIVED.”
      (2 Timothy 3:1-9 & 13 ~ AV)

      – CAPITALization for emphasis of “the words of the Lord” ~ as they are Divinely preserved in the Holy Bible [AV] are mine – Bro. Nick
      .

      • Sandria January 3, 2017 at 10:18 am #

        Bravo! Well said, nothing else can be added to your statement! Would that the church were less accepting of those who preach and teach falsehood, and more discerning. I fear for the body of Christ. They put up with falsehoods, but when true watchmen warn, they are the ones made to feel the lash of their whip. You who stand up for the truth and are jealous of Gods word; your in good company. Paul wasn’t wildly accepted by his own,
        And consider the prophets, and the rejection and sorrow from those they were raised to warn. Oh and need I bring up Moses who had quite a time of it in the desert with Israel?
        Keep marching onward, I know I will.

        • Larry Trowbridge January 3, 2017 at 4:46 pm #

          Sandria, isn’t amazing how those who speak what the Word says are the ones who are most likely to be threatened with stoning or it’s modern-day equivalents? :/

        • Bro. Nick January 9, 2017 at 8:47 am #

          Sandria and Larry – All of us who truly are Biblically “born again” believers and followers of “our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” need to remember the WARNING that He gave us – which may begin to happen frequently here in the post-Christian and neo-pagan country of ‘Amerika’:
          “These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.
          They shall put you out of the synagogues:
          yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
          And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.”
          (John 16:1-3 ~ AV)
          .

          • Sandria January 9, 2017 at 11:13 am #

            This is so! I am well aware, and have been acquainted (unfortunately) with such. It hurts greatly when you are cast out of their lives. What else can we do, but pray that the Lord who gives sight to the blind would open their eyes, and heal their ways. Until then, we continue to love, and warn them in the spirit of gentleness and meekness. Sandria

  6. Faith January 8, 2016 at 8:01 pm #

    P.S. to comment above:

    Has anyone ever noticed that every excuse that comes from the ‘new’ way of ‘doing’ church (the emergent apostate church) is one that allows heresy and sin into the church undeterred? Each one is a LIE of satan! Wake up church!
    The church is supposed to be a PURE bride of Christ, not a harlot flirting with the enemy and soiled in sin.

    A few more excuses include (irony all theirs):

    Becoming ‘like’ the world to be an example to the world of what Christ wants you to be. Huh?! You can’t pull someone out of the water by drowning in it yourself. By the way, Jesus remained 100 % perfect, holy, pure, and sinless when He reached for us. Yes, we are human only, but given the power to live a holy life in Christ. Therein lies the power, the victory, and the witness to the world of all of it. We are to be separate from sin and the world.

    Doing and saying whatever to ‘reach’ more people. Okay, but ‘reach’ them with WHAT?! It surely isn’t the gospel, and if it isn’t the gospel, I don’t care how many people it is reaching, it is only a clanging cymbal or incessant drum beat. Actually worse… it’s the FALSE gospel, the less people that reaches… the better!

    There are hundreds of these, see if you can spot some more for yourself.

    God bless!

    • Paul January 11, 2016 at 5:05 am #

      Great truth guys. It’s the poison that is sweet that do the most damage. sweet lies still will kill you.the emergent apostate church is a group of wolves that tell sweet lies. Faith I love your work-AMEN!

  7. Beth January 12, 2016 at 7:43 am #

    Again, well said Faith!

  8. Passerby September 12, 2016 at 7:06 am #

    Well….regardless of his shortcomings, I think God still loves him.

    Heh, it’s kinda funny, because it brings to mind a quote from him “Let’s pit ideas against each other, not people.”
    If he’s teaching anything wrong, he’ll answer to God for it. I think people are right about pointing out false doctrine, but let’s just not get ourselves caught up in mud slinging. We’re all such imperfect people, do we really have the right to judge another? I’m guessing that some of you are going to say “Yes, absolutely, we should keep each other accountable.” True. But what is the point of doing that if you can’t love the person? I, for one, think he seems like a very sweet man. I gather that all of you will say that that is immaterial, but I’m not so sure. Anyways God knows his heart. If God wants to put a stop to his ministry, God will do that. Be discerning, not hateful. Don’t take ANY teaching without a grain of salt, and keep your eyes on the Bible most of all.

    • Bro. Nick January 3, 2017 at 12:35 am #

      Passerby – I have not read anything in the article, or in the comments that questions whether “the LORD God” still loves Mr. Zacharias
      – For “it is written”:
      “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
      that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
      For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world;
      but that the world through him might be saved.”
      (John 3:16-17 ~ AV) + 1 Timothy 2:4 + 2 Peter 3:9 [AV]

      – But the salvation of Mr. Zacharias IS NOT the point of this article – or of the comments.

      It would be beneficial if everyone would remember that the Apostle Paul said some very harsh ‘judgmental’ personal things about the men whom he personally named – for they were the enemies of “the certainty of the words of truth”:
      “This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy,
      according to the prophecies which went before on thee,
      that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;
      Holding faith, and a good conscience;
      which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:
      Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander;
      whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme”
      (1 Timothy 1:18-20 ~ AV)

      – AND those of us who truly are Biblically “born again” believers and followers of “our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” must remember that we are engaged in ‘spiritual warfare’ – 24/7/365:
      “Finally, my brethren,
      be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
      Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
      For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,
      but against principalities,
      against powers,
      against the rulers of the darkness of this world,
      against spiritual wickedness in high places.
      Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God,
      that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day,
      and having done all, to stand.
      Stand therefore,
      having your loins girt about with truth,
      and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
      And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
      Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
      And take the helmet of salvation,
      and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
      Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,
      and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
      And for me,
      that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
      For which I am an ambassador in bonds:
      that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”
      (Ephesians 6:10-20 ~ AV) + 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 + James 4:7-8 [AV]
      .

  9. Larry Trowbridge Sr. September 12, 2016 at 6:20 pm #

    //Well….regardless of his shortcomings, I think God still loves him.//

    Agreed. God does indeed still love him.

    Heh, it’s kinda funny, because it brings to mind a quote from him “Let’s pit ideas against each other, not people.”
    If he’s teaching anything wrong, he’ll answer to God for it. I think people are right about pointing out false doctrine, //but let’s just not get ourselves caught up in mud slinging.//

    Also agreed. However, those who are being scrutinized often have a VERY broad definition of “mud slinging” and often cite that if the scrutiny starts to hit a bit too close for home. With that said, I do believe that personal attacks would be crossing the line and are uncalled for.

    //We’re all such imperfect people, do we really have the right to judge another? I’m guessing that some of you are going to say “Yes, absolutely, we should keep each other accountable.” True. But what is the point of doing that if you can’t love the person?//

    First of all, ‘judging’ and ‘keeping someone accountable’ are NOT the same thing. Unless, of course, the accountability process brings up uncomfortable inconsistencies. In which case arguments for the two being the same become more prevalent. Also, we need to keep in mind that the most loving thing we can do for someone could possibly involve telling them something they may not WANT to hear and may make them (as well as us) uncomfortable.

    //I, for one, think he seems like a very sweet man. I gather that all of you will say that that is **immaterial**, but I’m not so sure.//

    It s indeed immaterial as far as it being used as a condition for exempting someone from scrutiny.

    //Anyways God knows his heart. If God wants to put a stop to his ministry, God will do that. Be discerning, not hateful. Don’t take ANY teaching without a grain of salt, and keep your eyes on the Bible most of all.//

    Absolutely agree on the importance of being focused on the Bible as it is the ONLY standard for showing us what acting should look like, even when it makes us unpopular…and it will.

  10. Matt October 5, 2016 at 10:19 am #

    This is sad. Ravi is one of the greatest apologists and devoted men of our time.

    • Paula October 17, 2016 at 10:28 pm #

      I agree Matt, The above “Christians” are what is wrong with Christianity. I’m not sure they know Christ at all. I will pray for them.

  11. Truth October 20, 2016 at 9:33 am #

    So with all the evidence, recordings books ect ect that you have on Ravi the last couple of decades this is the best you can come up with? These so called allegations are so subjective that if you believe that these indicate he is a “false” prophet, it would be futile to have level headed conversation. Let me remind you what Jesus said in Luke 9:50. I have listen to a couple of his teaching, and he has never compromised on Jesus and his teachings.

    • Me January 1, 2017 at 12:15 am #

      I agree with Matt, Paula and you. No wonder people turn away from Christianity. I wanna tell people ‘ we all aren’t like that.’ What I see is people taking scripture out of context to tear others down and suit themselves.

    • Norma Martinez May 6, 2017 at 9:30 pm #

      I watch his videos regularly and have yet to hear him compromise the Word in any way, shape or form. What Elizabeth forgets is that NO MAN IS PERFECT only the MESSIAH was. The old testament is full of great men who failed but nevertheless continued to be utilized by our creator. The great I AM does not need women to meddle in his business. He exposes who he will on his time and no other. Elizabeth herself could very well be a tool of Satan. I will search for these so called accusations and decide then. Until then Elizabeth should be quiet as the bible instructs women to be. 1 CORINTHIANS 14:34.

  12. Celeste Williams October 31, 2016 at 7:07 am #

    One thing Jesus doesn’t compromise on above all others is forgiveness. I don’t even think Ravi did anything wrong, but even if he did, he should be forgiven as a Christian brother — not maligned. Plus you didn’t even mention his side but only the accusations and from atheist sites, none the less? Then the most important commandment in all of the Word of God is to love one another as God has loved us.

  13. John November 19, 2016 at 9:39 pm #

    Please children in Christ, simply stop following liars and false Teachers. Is that really to much for God to ask of you.

  14. Sandy December 13, 2016 at 8:47 pm #

    Came across your article after hearing Jacob Prasch say that Ravi has spoken in Mormon churches and agreed not mention the differences in the thier Jesus and ours. What pains me is that Christians do not know how to discern truth from error, and are partial in their judgments. If any preach another gospel let him be anathema! The truth of Gods word must be more important to the Christian than any man or women on this earth. I love the line in the old hymn, ‘I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly trust in Jesus name.’ The final word is the word. Thanks for the courage to speak out. There are 7,000 who have not bowed the knee to Baal! Thank God for that.

    • Bro. Nick January 2, 2017 at 10:56 pm #

      Sandy – To your Oh so Biblically sound comment I say

      AMEN ! ~ and AMEN ! ~ and AMEN !

      As “the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” personally said:
      “If ye continue in my word,
      then are ye my disciples indeed;
      And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
      (John 8:31-32 ~ AV)
      .

  15. Theodore A. Jones December 23, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

    R. Zacharias does indeed have soteriological problems along with many many others it being true that only a few ever find the gate.
    So then what is your collective answer to the following type of soteriological issue? A religious teacher comes into your religious community and teaches that it is necessary to obey a law or not escape God’s judgement. Is it your judgement that the teacher’s soteriological proposition is in error?

  16. Bro. Nick January 2, 2017 at 10:44 pm #

    I was a regular listener of Mr. Zacharias on his radio program ‘Let My People Think’ for a number of years – until I was ‘led’ to question some of his comments and teachings.

    So I did some personal research (iaw Acts 17:11 ~ AV) to find out ‘why’, and I found out several areas of Biblical ‘false teaching’ by him
    – First and foremost for me – was his that he would not ‘stand firm’ for who “the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” truly is
    – for Mr. Zacharias made the willing choice to compromise with the leadership of Mormonism – for the ‘Jesus’ of the Mormon Religion is the half-brother of Satan
    – BUT “the Lord Jesus Christ” of ‘Biblical CHRISTianity’ is “the only begotten Son of God”

    So – in the name of ‘Ecumenism’ – Mr. Zacharias was unwilling to stand firm upon “the certainty of the words of truth” ~ as they are written in “the word of the Lord” – for the Apostle Paul wrote:
    “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:
    for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;
    to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
    For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith:
    as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”
    (Romans 1:16-17 ~ AV)

    My personal choice is that I will no longer read/listen/watch/recommend anything that Mr. Zacharias says/speaks/or writes – for there is Strong Biblical WARNING to those very few who will actually believe “the certainty of the words of truth”:
    “For such are false apostles,
    deceitful workers,
    transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
    And no marvel;
    for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
    Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness;
    whose end shall be according to their works.”
    (1 Corinthians 11:13-15 ~ AV)
    .

  17. Brock Organ May 6, 2017 at 10:42 pm #

    The interesting thing about fruit inspecting is that everyone can do it; in response to the above fruit inspection of Ravi I will share my own fruit inspection: As a Calvinist I find this article fails to meet a burden of proof that I find convincing; I have been a profitable listener of Ravi Zacharias for ~15 years; while he’s not reformed, I’m more than convinced that he’s a fellow gospel minister; his ministry is (in my view) legitimate and he is personally welcome in my home at any time.

  18. john June 18, 2017 at 9:01 pm #

    I saw that 2 atheists were criticizing Ravi. Give me a break. All I have to do is listen to Ravi speak and I know he is a man of God, and i’ve been listening for years. Perfect, no …… no one is. I read Nowen and love his teachings even though I am not a Catholic and may disagree with some of it. Ken Ham? Let’s be a able to disagree on whether the earth is 10,000 years old or a billion! Much of this stuff is not a matter of salvation and I think most christians agree on the salvation issues!

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