King James Version (KJV)
13Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
The sad story of Zachery Tims is reflected in those three scriptures above. Zach’s temptation was—amongst other things, drugs. He never lost the taste of them. Whatever it is that drugs did for his mind, his head, his stability, his flesh—he liked them enough not to let them go.
Keep in mind that this was a wealthy man. The trappings of wealth were not enough to cause him to drop the drug abuse. The money, the women, the strippers, the material goods did not deliver his taste for whatever it is that drugs did for him.
God is very clear that sin is on you. You cannot blame Him and to Zachery’s credit, he did not blame God for his love of drugs. Sadly, however, he also did not do what it would take to lose the taste. God is able to quench every thirst. I could be wrong, but I don’t believe that Zachery Tims wanted to lose his thirst for drugs. Some people enjoy alcohol. Some enjoy cigarettes. Some enjoy drugs. There was a dark side to this man that never left when he started to proclaim himself saved. The Holy Spirit apparently was not enough for him.
Verse 14 says that lust comes about as a result of a man’s own temptation. Zachery liked living close to the edge. Any time a man is going to boldly walk into a strip club over in France and pick up a stripper and bring her back to the U.S. where he continues his affair, that’s clearly a man with a dark conscience and more going on in his heart than any of us will ever know. But that was not his only affair. He reportedly had had numerous affairs before his wife finally divorced him.
And finally, verse 15 shares with us the climax of lust. Like a pregnancy, it germinates, grows and when it is “born”, it is full fledged sin. And what does the scriptures warn us about sin? Scriptures warn us that the wages of sin is death. Everyone knows that a wage is something we work for. Zachery Tims worked hard to earn his sin wages.
A few years ago, I wrote an article titled, “Hello, Zachery Tims”. And sadly, I now say…..”Goodbye, Zachery Tims”.
After years of trying to hide the cause of his death, darkness has finally come to light. It was a combination of heroin and cocaine. But who is surprised?