God is Ravi’s judge, but that doesn’t mean we have no call to consider the question–if nothing else, I think our answer to that question will inform our opinion of what should happen with his works. And in deeming “us” “Ravi’s sibilngs,” you’re assuming the conclusion. Was Ravi a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a deceiver through and through? Was he a true believer, who struggled greatly with sin? Was he at one time a true believer, who subsequently abandoned the Lord and thus lost/gave up his salvation? Or was something else the case? I no longer believe the third option to be possible, and nothing of what’s been made public gave any indication that he struggled–to all appearances, he embraced his sin.
Not sure I agree here. The complication is that further circulation of his works results in money to his estate, so in a very real sense recommending them supports him, or at least those who today benefit financially from his work. Though I realize I’ve conflated two questions. I don’t think his works should disappear, nor that we should pretend he or they never existed. But I’m much more sympathetic to the position that they shouldn’t be printed, sold, or recommended.
Adultery is worse than rape? Murder is, sure, but murder isn’t generally considered a sexual crime. Even if we assume, in the complete absence of any biblical evidence, that David raped Bathsheba, we only know of a single instance, while the law firm leading the investigation has found multiple accusations of rape against Ravi to be credible.
That really is a very poor comparison, for several reasons. In no particular order, and no doubt missing some:
- Neither David nor any of his family benefit financially from circulation of the Bible containing his writings.
- David repented for his sin (see Pss. 51 and 32).
- Those of David’s writings that are contained in the Bible are the Word of God, and as such are profitable for many purposes.
The first and third of these are not true of Ravi or his writings, and there’s no indication that the second is, though we may hope and pray so.