A prolific, lifelong Christian minister and founder of an eponymous ministry which raked in tens of hundreds of thousands a 12 months has been accused of ”sexting, undesirable touching, spiritual abuse, and rape.”
Famed “Christian apologist” Ravi Zacharias, who died of a uncommon spinal most cancers in Might 2020, dedicated the alleged abuses to a big and but unknown quantity of girls over the course of greater than a decade, a 12-page report by Ravi Zacharias Worldwide Ministries confirmed this week.
“It’s with shattered hearts that we difficulty this assertion concerning the allegations towards RZIM’s Founder, Ravi Zacharias,” started a press release by the impartial investigative legislation agency which RZIM employed final fall after insiders started believing varied allegations made towards Zacharias could also be true.
Whereas claims of Zacharias’ alleged misconduct started being reported on-line as early as 2015, the unraveling of his status didn’t actually begin till the day of the 74-year-old’s funeral, Christianity Right now reported.
In the course of the livestreamed funeral, one of the numerous therapeutic massage therapists Zacharias had sexually abused watched in a stupor, remembering the person who had allegedly groped her, masturbated in entrance of her and requested sexual pictures from her. The funeral was attended by public figures together with former Vice President Mike Pence, soccer stars and rappers.
“Has nobody come ahead?” she thought throughout the funeral, in keeping with the spiritual outlet. “Nobody?”
She discovered the weblog of an atheist who, at that time, gave the impression to be the one individual monitoring Zacharias’ abuse. She learn and associated to the primary public accusation of sexual misconduct towards Zacharias — Lori Anne Thompson’s account of being manipulated by him into sending sexual texts and images — and determined, in September 2020, to talk to Christianity Right now concerning the Canadian-American minister’s alleged sexual harassment of her throughout his therapeutic massage remedies together with her at a suburban Atlanta strip mall. RZIM initially denied the claims of her and two different day spa staff, however employed the legislation agency which, this month, discovered them to be true.
The agency not solely confirmed the allegations of abuse on the day spas (which Zacharias owned), but additionally discovered proof that Zacharias had abused girls in Thailand, India and Malaysia. In addition they discovered that he’d obtained a whole bunch of pictures of younger girls, that he lied about not being alone with girls apart from his spouse and daughters — who he stored on a separate wi-fi plan than RZIM — and used tens of 1000’s of ministry “humanitarian effort” funds to help 4 therapeutic massage therapists. One of the therapeutic massage therapists informed investigators that “after he organized for the ministry to supply her with monetary help, he required intercourse from her,” in a transaction which she referred to as rape.
Ravi informed the girl, who’s spiritual, that if she spoke out towards him she could be chargeable for the “’hundreds of thousands of souls’ whose salvation could be misplaced if his status was broken,” in keeping with the report.
Nondisclosure agreements prevented some alleged victims from being concerned within the investigation.
Forward of the report’s launch, RZIM’s former Australian head, Dan Paterson, wrote on Fb of his intense remorse that Zacharias’ actions weren’t investigated earlier.
“I really feel disillusioned in myself and others who might have pushed more durable towards the tides of submissive loyalty to demand higher solutions earlier, as there is no such thing as a half of the evangelical creed that honours cowardice or sacrifices conscience,” he wrote. “I really feel a profound sense of the concern of the Lord, realizing that sooner or later I too will give an account, the place just like the RZ report, every little thing finished below the shroud of darkness can be made identified. Jesus comes to revive justice by means of judgment. Oh, how I want Ravi repented right here!”