Updated note- It is with great sadness that I must add to the top of this post that Ravi Zacharius is very likely to be guilty of sexual abuse to a number of women. Though he worked hard to dispute the accusations throughout his later years of ministry, posthumus investigations confirmed some tragic and inexcusable sins by Ravi.
I add this comment to the top of this old post to say that at the time I did not even have a question of his life and ministry. And though there are questions about his genuine salvation (I cannot judge) the content that he espoused still has biblical accuracy and application.
I am not removing any content from this blog in regards to Ravi and I pray mercy and healing toward his victims.
Sinful human nature..... tragic and wounding beyond belief... but God's grace still stands in the midst of hypocrisy and shame... unshaken.
Romans 3:4 "Let God be true, and every man a liar".
The old post....
Every time I listen to him, I am enthralled with his passion, points, and story telling. I especially like his podcast of the program, “Let My People Think.” Below is a summary of some of the notes I have taken from the last few sessions: In Darkest moments- the church shines the brightest All news is old news happening to new people Absolutes removed become disorientation Holbart Maurer committed suicide in 1982 at the age of 75. He was a professor at Yale, Harvard, and president of the American Psychological Association. "For several decades, we psychologists have looked upon the whole matter of sin and moral accountability as a great incubus, and acclaimed our liberation from it as epic-making. But at length we have discovered that to be free, in this sense to have the excuse to being sick rather than being sinful, is to court the danger of also becoming lost. This danger, I believe, is betokened by the widespread interest in existentialism which we are presently witnessing. In becoming a-moral, ethically neutral, and free we have cut the very roots of our being, lost our deepest sense of selfhood, and identity. And with neurotics themselves, we find ourselves asking, who am I, what is my deepest destiny, and what does living really mean?" “What was once called selfishness is now called fulfillment” The Church needs: Content Conviction Communication Consistency Before it can speak to our relativistic world today. We have to recognize that this generation has lost its imagination- The charge of hypocrisy is the compliment that vice pays to virtue 3 applications: Proclamation without presence is dangerous Faith without faithfulness is flawed Peace without joy is contradictory- Worship has lost its worth- it is now a burden- Worship involves sacrifice- we give the world our best and we give the worst to God. Worship binds it all to submission Quickening of conscious by his holiness Nourishment of mind by his truth Purifying of imagination by His beauty Opening of the heart to His love Submission of will to His purpose All gathered under adoration of our highest If you do not know how to worship.. even God will disappoint you When you understand how worship binds- worship is not a service- God does not live in buildings- we take our temples with us- life is worship- moment by moment Worship is co-extinsive with life O Thou Who Camest from Above By Charles Wesley O Thou who camest from above, the pure celestial fire to impart kindle a flame of sacred love upon the mean altar of my heart. There let it for thy glory burn with inextinguishable blaze, and trembling to its source return, in humble prayer and fervent praise. Jesus, confirm my heart's desire to work and speak and think for thee; still let me guard the holy fire, and still stir up thy gift in me. Ready for all thy perfect will, my acts of faith and love repeat, till death thy endless mercies seal, and make my sacrifice complete. The greatest pursuit of the Hebrews was light The greatest pursuit of the Greeks was knowledge The greatest pursuit of the Romans was glory Apostle Paul II Corinthians 4:6- “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”