Dr. Zachery Tims, Jr. (April 18, 1969 - August 12, 2011) was an American televangelist, protestant speaker, and founder of the New Destiny Center in Apopka, Florida.
Zachery and his wife, Riva Owens (born October 11, 1970, in Prince George's County, MD), who met in the church where they served, were married on January 8, 1994. They are the parents of four children and after moving to Windermere, Florida, Tims, who along with his wife, became heavily involved in the Orlando and Central Florida area community. In 1996, they co-founded NDCC in 1998, originally as a storefront church in the Powers Pointe Circle area of Northwest Orlando with a congregation of only six people. By 2002, the church grew into a large megachurch of over 8,000, moving into its present facility in Apopka. Tims often described the church's mission on its website as a non-traditional setting with a multi-cultural mission.
A news story was aired by WOFL-TV, an Orlando area FOX-TV news affiliate on Nov 6, 2007, alleging that Tims had committed "numerous adulterous affairs". According to the report, Tims publicly asked for forgiveness and patience from the community, while "he and his wife dealt with what he called a difficult situation". According to a press release issued by the "church", Tims volunteered to submit to counseling within the "Christian church community". Riva later filing for an invalid divorce in 2008, with it becoming finalized by August 2009 by the ungodly secular authorities. They were still legally married before God until Zachery Tims death. After this event, by 2010, Tims had resumed his role as Head "Pastor" of NDCC, with wife Riva then pursuing her own "ministry" and "Church", Majestic Life, located in nearby Northwest Orlando.
On the morning of August 12, 2011, Tims was found dead in his hotel room at the W Hotel, a posh facility located in Times Square in New York City, where he had been staying upon his visit there that week. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful, unresponsive to paramedic treatment. Explanations into the cause of his death have not yet been determined as of August 16th. Ellen Borakove, a representative for the New York state Medical Examiner's Office, said that the autopsy results would not be available until later in the month. A NYPD official stated that the death did not appear to be suspicious. Tims's Ex-wife, Dr. Riva Tims, stated that her son, Zachery, and the family had been vacationing in Puerto Rico just prior to his trip to New York City. He is survived by his mother and father, Zachery Tims, Sr., his wife and their four children,: Zoelle, Zachery III, Zahria and Zion. his siblings, and a host of other relatives.
Drug Overdose Suspected in Death of Megachurch "Pastor". Police are investigating the mysterious death of Zachery Tims, who was found dead in a Times Square hotel room. An autopsy on Tims was inconclusive, and further tests are being conducted. But there are reports that Tims death may have been a drug overdose. A small glassine envelope containing a white powder was found in Zachery Tims' pocket, according to the NY Daily News. The powder will be tested to determine if it cocaine, heroin or any other drug, a newspaper says.
In 2007, Dr. Tims told his heretical congregation he'd committed "an indescretion," and would be stepping down. It soon emerged that he'd been having an affair with an exotic dancer, whom he'd met on a trip to Paris.
Zachery Tims was sadly a false prophet and a protestant heretic that died outside the Church of God.
The Catholic Church and Faith is the only Christianity that begun in the year of 33 AD and is the only original and visible Church from the time of Christ. The Catholic Church compiled the Bible and spread Christianity all over the world; and according to protestants, Christ used a false church to spread his words all over the world for 1500 years? This, obviously, is ridiculous to any good willed person, but since this world has few of these people, more evidence is needed.
“I am afraid that this is a hard nut for Protestants to crack, namely – That though we admit that the separate works composing the New Testament were now in existence, yet they were for centuries not to be found altogether in one volume, were not obtainable by multitudes of Christians, and even were altogether unknown to many in different parts of the world.” (Where We Got the Bible, p. 29)
Sometimes the people who seems to be the Catholic Church administration, that is, the people that seems to hold positions of power in the Catholic Church, (but actually do not since they are heretics) can be corrupt as in the case of the Arian heresy in the 4th century when about 98% of the Episcopal chairs, that is, Bishop's sees, were overtaken by Arians, and the little flock of true Catholics who did not apostatize from the Catholic faith were grievously persecuted for their faith. Even now many are in heresy but still call themselves Catholic. However, the Catholic Faith is right, and these people's apostasy or heresy does not effect the Catholic Church. Just because some people call themselves Catholic do not make them Catholics. In this sad instance of human history, there are now approximately 20 000 Protestant sects which all contradict each other on crucial doctrinal points. This proves to any good willed person that at least 19 999 sects must be wrong if we follow simple logic. Protestantism was unheard of even to the founders of it since they all started as Catholics but then apostatized. True Christianity started at 33 AD, not in the 16th Century or later.
If you are a Lutheran, your religion was founded by Martin Luther, an ex-monk of the Catholic Church, in approximately 1520.
If you belong to the Church of England, your religion was founded by King Henry VIII (an ex-Catholic) in the year 1534. Henry VIII decided to create his own church when Pope Clement VII would not grant him a divorce with the right to remarry.
If you are a Mennonite, Menno Simons (an ex-Catholic) created your religion in 1536.
If you are a Presbyterian, John Knox (an ex-Catholic) founded your sect in Scotland in the year 1560.
If you are a Congregationalist, your religion began with Robert Brown in Holland in 1582.
If you are a Baptist, John Smyth created your sect in Amsterdam in 1605.
If you are of the Dutch Reformed church, your church began with Michaelis Jones in New York in 1628.
If you are a Quaker, your religion began with George Fox in 1652.
If you are a Protestant Episcopalian, Samuel Seabury created your sect in the American colonies in the 17th century, as an offshoot of the Church of England.
If you are Amish, Jacob Amman created your religion in 1693, as an offshoot of the Mennonites.
If you are a Methodist, your religion was launched by John and Charles Wesley in England in 1744.
If you are a Unitarian, Theophilus Lindley founded your sect in London in 1774.
If you are a Mormon ("Latter Day Saints"), your religion comes from Joseph Smith, who revealed it in Palmyra, N.Y. in 1829.
If you are a Seventh Day Adventist, your religion was created by Ellen White in 1860.
If you worship with the Salvation Army, William Booth started your sect in London in 1865.
If you are of the "Jehovah's Witnesses," your beliefs came from Charles Taze Russell in 1872.
If you are a "Christian Scientist," Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy devised your religion in 1879.
If you belong to one of the religious organizations known as "Church of the Nazarene," "Pentecostal Gospel," "Holiness Church," "Pilgrim Holiness Church," "Assemblies of God," "United Church of Christ," etc., your religion is one of the thousands of new sects founded by men in the last century.
If you are Catholic, you know that your religion was founded in the year 33 by Jesus Christ, the Son of God, true God and true man; and that this one Church, to which people must belong to be saved, will exist until the end of time.
It is a fact of history, scripture and tradition that Our Lord Jesus Christ founded His universal
Church (the Catholic Church) upon St. Peter.
Matthew 16:18-19- “And I say to thee: That thou art Peter: and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.”
Our Lord made St. Peter the first Pope, entrusted to him His entire flock, and gave him supreme authority in the universal Church of Christ.
John 21:15-17- “Jesus saith to Simon Peter: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? He saith to him: Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him: Feed my lambs. He saith to him again: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? He saith to him: Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him: Feed my lambs. He saith to him a third time: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved, because he had said to him the third time: Lovest thou me? And he said to him: Lord, thou knowest all things: thou knowest that I love thee. He said to him: Feed my sheep.”
And with the supreme authority that Our Lord Jesus Christ conferred upon St. Peter (and his successors, the popes) comes what is called Papal Infallibility. Papal Infallibility is inseparable from Papal Supremacy – there was no point for Christ to make St. Peter the head of His Church (as Christ clearly did) if St. Peter or his successors, the popes, could err when exercising that supreme authority to teach on a point of Faith. The supreme authority must be unfailing on binding matters of Faith and morals or else it is no true authority from Christ at all.
Papal Infallibility does not mean that a pope cannot err at all and it does not mean that a pope cannot lose his soul and be damned in Hell for grave sin. It means that the successors of St. Peter (the popes of the Catholic Church) cannot err when authoritatively teaching on a point of Faith or morals to be held by the entire Church of Christ. We find the promise of the unfailing faith for St. Peter and his successors referred to by Christ in Luke 22.
Luke 22:31-32- “And the Lord said: Simon, Simon, behold Satan hath desired to have all of you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and thou, being once converted, confirm thy brethren.”
Satan desired to sift all the Apostles (plural) like wheat, but Jesus prayed for Simon Peter (singular), that his faith fail not. Jesus is saying that St. Peter and his successors (the popes of the Catholic Church) have an unfailing faith when authoritatively teaching a point of faith or morals to be held by the entire Church of Christ.
So, when a pope teaches from the Chair of Peter in the manner stipulated above he cannot be wrong. If he could be wrong, then the Church of Christ could be officially led into error, and Christ's promise to St. Peter and His Church would fail (which is impossible). That which is taught from the Chair of Peter by the popes of the Catholic Church is the teaching of Jesus Christ Himself. To reject that which is taught by the popes from the Chair of Peter is simply to despise Jesus Christ Himself.
Luke 10:16- “He that heareth you, heareth me: and he that despiseth you despiseth me…”
Matthew 18:17 -“And if he will not hear the church, let him be to thee as the heathen and publican.”
Pope Leo XIII, Satis Cognitum, 1896: “…Christ instituted a living, authoritative and permanent Magisterium… If it could in any way be false, an evident contradiction follows; for then God Himself would be the author of error in man.”
The early Church fathers, the prominent early Christian writers of the first centuries, recognized that Peter is the rock. There are many citations one could bring forward, but here are just a few.
Tertullian, On Monogamy, 213 A.D., refers to Peter and speaks of the Church, “built upon him…” (The Faith of the Early Fathers, Vol. 1:381)
St. Cyril of Alexandria (370-444), who played a key role with the Council of Ephesus, stated in his Commentary on John: “He [Jesus] suffers him to be no longer called Simon… He changed his name into Peter, from the word petra (rock); for on him He was afterwards to found His Church.”
St. Basil the Great (330-379 A.D.), Against Eunomians, 4: “Peter… who on account of the pre-eminence of his faith received upon himself the building of the Church.”
St. Gregory Nazienzen, great Eastern father (329-389 A.D.), Oration 26: “… of all the disciples of Christ, all of whom were great and deserving of the choice, one is called rock and entrusted with the foundations of the Church…”
St. John Chrysostom, great Eastern father and Bishop of Constantinople, Homily 3, De. Poenit. 4, 387 A.D. “Peter himself the head or crown of the Apostles… when I name Peter I name that unbroken rock, that firm foundation…”
One could also quote St. Ambrose, Jerome and many others, but the point should be clear.