SIN IS FUN FOR A SEASON, RECKONING IS ALWAYS NEAR-HEB. 11:25
BY SYNTHIA ESTHER
RAVI ZACHARIAS WIKIPEDIA PAGE RESOURCE CONFIRMED:
Frederick Antony Ravi Kumar Zacharias (26 March 1946 – 19 May 2020) was an Indian-born Canadian-American Christian evangelical minister and apologist who founded Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM). He was involved in Christian apologetics for a period spanning more than forty years, authoring more than thirty books. He also hosted the radio programs Let My People Think and Just Thinking. Zacharias belonged to the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA), the Keswickian Christian denomination in which he was ordained as a minister.
Multiple sources have posthumously accused Zacharias of serious sexual misconduct. In February 2021 Miller & Martin, the law firm hired by RZIM to look into these allegations, confirmed their veracity. As a result, RZIM issued an apology and subsequently announced that it would undergo a name change and remove all material related to Zacharias. The C&MA posthumously revoked his ordination after conducting their own investigation. HarperCollins, which owns the Christian publishers Zondervan and Thomas Nelson, also confirmed that it would take his books out of print and remove him from other published works.
Additional sin infractions that served to plague RZIM, and Ravi's ministry and Christian witness, also included embellishment of his academic credentials (reported in 2017 by Christianity Today). As in the past Ravi made use of the title Dr., when he lacked a PhD. Misuse of ministry funds, and abortion promotion (claimed retired Ontario Provincial Police Officer, Shirley Steward). Steward states she was pressured by Ravi (who was a Christian minister), to have an abortion when she became pregnant as a teen, by way Ravi's brother, Ramesh.
Ruth Malhotra, RZIM former member cited Ravi's deviant sexual behavior was ongoing during his lifetime, but covered up within the ministry ranks. Lori Anne and Brad Thompson in April of 2017, sent forth the demand via a letter to Ravi, for 5 million dollars in order to refrain from them taking legal action. Text exchanges, nude photos sent by Lori Anne to Ravi, served as evidence of sexual indiscretions. Ravi then filed an extortion lawsuit against the Thompson's, with the case and non-disclosure agreement settling in November 2017.
DAY SPA SEX ABUSE REPORTS:
Four months after Ravi's death in 2020, three women workers at two day spas Ravi co-owned in the Atlanta, Georgia area alleged that Ravi had sexually harassed them. Christianity Today reported, Ravi masturbated in front of one of the women more than fifty times, and requested sex, and personal photos of her. Other women stated Ravi had groped or fondled them.
Reports of Ravi's sexual exploits were at first denied, however RZIM did move forward in transparent deed and action, to hire the legal firm Miller & Martin to investigate. Soon thereafter, on December 23, 2020, RZIM confirmed the allegations were true, releasing a preliminary report.
It was found on 11 February 2021, that Ravi solicited and received sexually explicit photos from more than 200 women in their early twenties until a few months before his death in 2020. He had also used thousands of dollars in ministry funds (which were noted to be used in "humanitarian efforts" to pay for massage therapists, providing them housing, schooling, and monthly support for extended periods of time. And he groomed his female conquests leaning of their backgrounds, needs, desires, in order to reap the lust rewards of sexual favor (massage his genitals, indulge in sex per examples)
The secret of Zacharias’s abuse started to unravel the day of his funeral in May 2020. One of the massage therapists he groped, masturbated in front of, and asked for sexually explicit images watched in shock as the apologist was honored and celebrated on a livestream. Famous people, including Vice President Mike Pence and Christian football star Tim Tebow, spoke of Zacharias in glowing terms.
Has no one come forward? she thought. No one?
She worried about other women who might be out there, hurting. She prayed that something would happen.
The woman googled “Ravi Zacharias sex scandal” and found the blog RaviWatch, run by Steve Baughman, an atheist who had been tracking and reporting on Zacharias’s “fishy claims” since 2015. Baughman blogged on Zacharias’s false statements about academic credentials, the sexting allegations, and the subsequent lawsuit. When the woman read about what happened to Lori Anne Thompson, she recognized what had happened to that woman was what had happened to her.
As far as she could tell, this atheist blogger was the only one who cared that Zacharias had sexually abused people and gotten away with it. She reached out to Baughman and then eventually spoke to Christianity Today about Zacharias’s spas, the women who worked there, and the abuse that happened behind closed doors.
The woman from the spas told CT she didn’t expect anything from RZIM. Not an acknowledgement. Certainly not an apology. A multimillion-dollar ministry built in one man’s name and on his reputation would never admit the truth of his secrets, she thought.
She only spoke out because she wanted other women—women hurt by Zacharias, and women victimized by other famous and celebrated Christians—to know the truth. She wanted them to know that they weren’t alone.
This week, she believes God answered her prayer.
“I think it happened in God’s perfect time,” she said. “It’s in his time; it’s in his way. The Lord is doing this, and what will be left over is what God wants to be left over.”
SYNTHIA ESTHER WEIGHS IN:
MANY HAVE QUESTIONED WHY RAVI ZACHARIAS WOULD LEAD SUCH A DIABOLICAL DOUBLE LIFE FILLED WITH SIN?
The answer to that question God has given:
James 1:13-15, “When tempted, no one should say 'God is tempting me.' For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone, (14) but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. (15) Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to death.”
The Internet of Things (IoT) has served to extend into the Body of Things (BoT), plunging humanity into a vast spiritual war zone. Battlefield Earth now has far reaching, flesh enticing bait plots and ploys that offer up quick click (seemingly private) pleasures that can serve to entice and enslave one's soul (mind, will, emotions). Sin thieves in secret. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the Devil (1 John 3:8). If you hide your sins, you will not succeed (Proverbs 28:13).
Ravi in private, is said to have cherished and collected via various technology capabilities, many erotic pictures of chosen female victims. Much like serial killer's desire to keep and cherish items of their preyed upon dead victims. Comparing an addict's flesh ego -based, deceptive, manipulating behavior is not a deep pit filled with subjective moral reasoning. Addicts do what they do because they have become enslaved by way of the desires of their heart. Sinful desires can become obsessions and induce demonic possession. This is not so for God's elect, born again children, who claim and desire to stand upon Biblical truth: Sanctify them in truth, your word is truth (John 17:17).
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction (Proverbs 1:7).
Addiction is an external response to an internal need, activated by free will.
Biblical definition of Addiction: James 1:13-15, “When tempted, no one should say 'God is tempting me.' For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone, (14) but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. (15) Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to death.”
Addiction is an uncontrollable need, obsessive desire, oppressive-escalating craving, seeking and use of a substance such as a drug or alcohol, or an activity you may compulsively indulge in, despite negative consequences. Examples include but are not limited to; alcohol, drugs, eating, gambling, gaming, cutting or sex. The mood altering latter stages of addiction produce a neurobiological long lasting chemical change within the brain.
Shifting from one addictive behavior to another also shifts neuropathway patterns.
I call the addicts denial mentality, "The Blind Mind". In his book, “Don't call it love, Recovery From Sexual Addiction,” Dr. Patrick Carnes explains; "Addictive obsession can exist in whatever generates significant mood alteration, whether it be the comfort of cutting or food, the thrill of gambling, or the excitement of sexual arousal." These maladaptive self medicating behaviors are the addicts attempt to ease past and current pain. The real source of the problem lies hidden behind the behavior manifestations.
JESUS CHRIST IS THE BONDAGE BREAKER! FREEDOM IN CHRIST HAS SERVED TO SET US FREE; STAND FIRM THEREFORE, AND DO NOT SUBMIT AGAIN TO A YOKE OF SLAVARY - GALATIANS 5:1.