I sat with one of my kids last night listening as he shared his dismay over the downfall of Ravi Zacharias. He had heard him at the famed Passion Conferences which has impacted thousands of college students.
I won’t go into the details, but I will say that many are reeling from the news that another highly respected pastor, speaker and theologian has fallen as revelations of his sins have come out after his death. His ministry recently shared what they found on his computer.
While we know no one is immune from sin failure, our hearts sure can be discouraged when those, from whom we’ve genuinely learned truth, fall to the wiles of the evil one.
We quickly begin to wonder, can we trust anyone?
And we have to be so careful with that thought. The evil one can often gain ground when we begin to think this way.
We cannot forget we are in a war zone. There is a battle going on around us for the hearts and souls of men and the enemy trades in disappointment and distrust.
Yes, we are to test everything we hear. Yes, people are going to continue to fail- those on big stages have big targets on their backs. Pray for them.
But if they fail, or if they are wolves in sheep’s clothing, don’t let the evil one take it further in your own heart.
I know people who have walked away from the church because someone they trusted blew it.
Friend, it’s the Lord that we should worship and no one else. If people can cause us to walk away from Him then we weren’t worshipping Him but them.
Yes, there are still faithful servant teachers of God who love Him and love truth. Learn from them, but don’t put them on a pedestal.
Yes, the evil one got a win with Ravi Zacharias, but let’s don’t let him gain one more inch. Let’s guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things”. (Phil 4:8)
And yes, let’s be ever more diligent to be on guard in our own lives knowing the enemy is a prowling lion looking for those who he can devour (1 Pet 5:8). Stay in the Word and in prayer.
But let’s also know the Lord will make a way out for every temptation we will ever face. Ravi had a way out, and did not take it.
What’s more, we have to diligently keep God first place in our lives. Our flesh-filled hearts are prone to wander.
God alone should be the object of our worship. Ask the Lord to check you on this often.
Oh friend, this is sad news but let’s keep our eye on the prize, let’s put our spiritual armor on, let’s test everything we hear and let’s and walk forward. Let’s don’t give the enemy one more inch with this.