What Killed Zachary Tims?

What killed Zachary Tims?
Zachary Tims founder and senior pastor of New Destiny Christian Center was found dead in a New York hotel room on August 12, 2011. Tims was 42. This was the sad conclusion of a life that could have been. Tims appears to have been in the possession of a white powdery substance and his death could have been caused by a drug overdose. However at the time of this writing the medical examiner has yet to release the cause of death. And, his family is suing to keep the matter confidential. The secrecy and the rumors that are swirling around this man’s life and death make us wonder: what killed Zachary Tims?

Zachary Tims started out with a passion for God and a burning desire to help people transform their lives. From the mean streets of Baltimore, Maryland living the “thug” life, Tims became a zealous Christ follower. He moved to Orlando in 1996 to start a work aimed at helping people who came from the same back ground as he did. He and his wife Riva founded NDCC and witnessed explosive growth as people were drawn to the fiery ministry of Tims. His popularity sky-rocketed and he became a well-known face on Christian television. Tims had a bright future ahead of him.

Some want to say that it was drugs that killed Zachary Tims. Others would dare say that God killed him because of the un-repented sin in his life. But if you ask me it wasn’t the drugs or the wrath of God that killed Zachary Tims. His cause of death was due to indifference.

Obviously, there was something not quite right deep down inside of Zachary’s heart. In 2009 an affair came to light that ruined his marriage. There was a feigned attempt at rehab for sexual addiction, but nothing came of it. The call for a return to holiness and accountability was absent from both his staff and congregation. Rather than calling for genuine repentance, they extended him a pass. It would appear that they were all more concerned with large crowds and keeping the ministry financially vibrant. There was absolutely no challenge to his immoral behavior.

The words of the Apostle Paul serve to remind us of our responsibility to one another.
“Brethren if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such as one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted” Galatians 6:1
By turning a blind eye to Tim’s questionable behavior those closest to him contributed to his ultimate demise. Rather than embracing him in love to point him toward the standards he declared to thousands each week, they played dumb.

As Christ followers we have a spiritrual responsibility to help those we see stumbling. Not as judges, but as compassionate supporters. The whole idea that what one person does is their business does not fly from a biblical standpoint.
There is no way to know the number of lives Tims Ministry could have impacted if he had repented and made a fresh start. Unfortunately, he will not be remembered for the many good things he did, but rather by his bad choices. Sadly, those of his inner circle failed at supporting their leader. They may attempt to silence the medical examiner’s report, but they cannot change the truth. Their indifference killed Zachary Tims.


~ by Daniel Toops on October 14, 2011.

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