He was succeeded by Bryant Wright. Moreover, not far from Johns Creek and Alpharetta is Buford Highway with an assortment of parlors doing the nasty with uncertified therapists. (These are well documented LIES). I’m coming to my own conclusion that knowledge was never the point. I have opinions of Hunt but much is speculative. And Ravi Zacharias is a part of that change in the early ’80s. $14.99. If any one should object—then there is no election of God, by which he has predestinated a fixed number to salvation, the answer is at hand: the Prophet does not here speak of God’s secret counsel, but only recalls miserable men from despair, that they may apprehend the hope of pardon, and repent and embrace the offered salvation. He joined global media manager Morgan Lee and editorial director Ted Olsen to discuss how he went about reporting this story, what makes this story unique from other stories of other fallen Christian leaders, and why CT reports bad news on Christian leaders, even after they have passed away. This was just one step in their plan. And the truth of the gospel has to be that we can't justify ourselves, but we are justified by Christ. The investigation began after multiple women came forward in August 2020, alleging that Zacharias … The lead of the story you wrote says that Ravi Zacharias International Ministries has opened an investigation into allegations. Are fog machines and laser shows what church services are reduced to? It was not just he said/she said. While we look now through a glass darkly, we should be content with the measure of our own intelligence. In many of these cases, when you drill down, it seems that the Christian leader was celebrated, and supported by a ministry and assisted in ministry, but there wasn't really anybody holding that person accountable. It all boils down to what he means by “His people.” Is it everyone or just the elect who were chosen in eternity past? I happen to know that Steve Baughman has been the recipient of much abuse from “Christians” for publishing the results of his careful investigations. Muff Potter: They get away with it because little people cannot afford silver tongued attorneys. RZIM denies the claims, saying in a statement to CT that the charges of sexual misconduct “do not in any way comport with the man we knew for decades.” The organization has hired a law firm “with experience investigating such matters” to look into the allegations, which date back at least 10 years. Given RZ has LIED about his academic credentials, with in my world would get you FIRED, I believe the stuff about women from the “other side”, which means his behavior is much worse than “creepy”.. Nuttshell: Course he went to Hunt’s church so would defend him. This gives the industry a black eye when there are those that care about their profession. All people doing this about people, not God, not the Bible. Very much agreed. A week later, there was a report in the newspaper that the police had raided that spa. He did not have the same kind of personality and he seemed to care about individuals in ways that his son and Patterson did not. They don’t pressure you into converting, so there is all the time you want. Even one? We are not justified because we did good work, and we're not justified because we had the right opinions or we knew what the truth was, we're justified by the work of Christ dying on the cross. Daniel Sillman: If I can add to sort of add on to that, we all have these self-justifications. The family aspect appears to go in the hirelings / grievous wolves playbook as frequently as the musical chairs aspect. I started feeling ill in the middle of the afternoon and left. Ted Olsen: He also seems to have become more prominent as American evangelicals were becoming, in particular, more interested in engaging with learning from Christian leaders from that from the majority world. Everything has to be gospel-soaked/saturated/infused/centered/etc. And then there was a sexting scandal and allegations that he had solicited nude photos from a woman that he met at an event and then developed a relationship and some correspondence with, and then solicited explicit photos. Also, their HUGE overhead costs make them very vulnerable. This gives the industry a black eye when there are those that care about their profession. Or did I misunderstand? Indeed they always came across with a mean-spirited “unhappy consistency” when discussing their aberrant faith. A simple view of places to get a massage for back pain, etc in the Woodstock area numbers in excess of 10 locations. Later, they said they discovered he paid his registration fees directly to seminary President Ergun Caner.”, [Johnny Hunt was a Trustee at Liberty University for a number of years]. There’s a lot of gullible pastor wannabes out there; I went to school with a lot of them. There is no expresssion of Christianity in any time or in any place that could not rightfully be accused of pursuing teachers who will tell them what they want to be told. Besides, it is not surprising that our eyes should be blinded by intense light, so that we cannot certainly judge how God wishes all to be saved, and yet has devoted all the reprobate to eternal destruction, and wishes them to perish. “You will know them by their love” just doesn’t apply to them. In the most comprehensive meaning of the words, He is for us. Over the past several weeks, our investigation team has interviewed dozens of witnesses (whose identities will remain known only to the Miller & Martin investigation team, as agreed to by the RZIM Board of Directors), including many massage therapists who treated Mr. Zacharias. Which is why people like RZ think they can get away with trafficking humans, and they do often get away with it. That is pretty telling. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. Rinse, repeat. ), Thailand, the Sex Tourism capital of the world? To unlock this article for your friends, use any of the social share buttons on our site, or simply copy the link below. Calvinism’s doctrine of limited atonement is certainly nothing to smile about. That goes for me, too. The second group I was thinking of though is ministers and people in positions of power who haven't done anything wrong. New Calvinist graduates from SBC seminaries are lining up to become church (theology) planters with NAMB appointments and funding. There are primary effects, there are secondary effects, there are effects that carry on after people die, there are generational effects, and I think that those realities are really coming home in some real ways. Can you tell us a little bit about how you went about reporting this story, given the sensitivities that you had to navigate and also the stakes of it? As is so often the case in the SBC, the “Good Ole Boy” network was alive and well in the appointment of Johnny Hunt. “There is confusion about what the doctrine of limited atonement actually teaches. Which then made me wonder if any of their beliefs were really about theology, as they say, or personal bias. They cite a verse, whoever gets it first stands up and reads it! Zacharias didn’t keep his involvement in the spas secret. Sproul and Ravi Zacharias shared and for the many times Ravi taught at Ligonier conferences. But here is what Calvin himself says in his exposition of Ezekiel 18:23. 92/575, Woodstock becoming one of the fastest growing areas of north metro Atlanta. Epstein, Cosby, Weinstein, Zacharias? And I don't know what to do about that. “Scientology” was only ever fundamentalism with a bit of “white heat” thrown in. Even the 4-point Calvinists teach unconditional election. As to your question about whether or not you would feel like a foreigner, it depends on the congregation. I can tell you that Paige Patterson or Jerry Falwell, Jr didn’t change much at all. I think being willing to think about the truth and look at the truth and report the truth is one step, but we also need repentance and we need some change, and I don't know what that will look like right now. Font Size: Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias, who died of cancer earlier this year, has been found responsible for engaging in sexual misconduct against multiple women following an investigation conducted by his former ministry. But there are two categories of reformed knuckleheads who continue to disrupt the Church of the Living God: rabid Hyper-Calvinists and rebel New Calvinists. The bottom line is personal relationship with Jesus Christ. there are streaks of paranoia running through it all. Maybe that is why Johnny defended Ravi. I mean it not like he just had an EdD! Photo Credit: Screenshot Ben Shapiro Show/YouTube. Hunt has held ministry positions at Lavonia Baptist Church, Mooresboro, North Carolina (July 1976–August 1979), Falls Baptist Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina (1979–1980), Longleaf Baptist Church, Wilmington, North Carolina (May 1981–December 1, 1986), and at First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Georgia (1986 to December 2019). 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