BY AILA SLISCO
A noted Christian apologist was responsible for repeatedly engaging in sexual misconduct before dying earlier this year, his former ministry has admitted.
Ravi Zacharias, a preacher and lecturer who authored dozens of books defending Christian beliefs, was posthumously accused of sexually abusing multiple women at spas over several years, a few months after his May death from cancer in Atlanta, Georgia. On Wednesday, the ministry he founded, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), released an interim report from an independent investigation it had contracted from Atlanta law firm Miller & Martin PLLC shortly after the accusations were made.
“Sadly, the interim investigation update indicates this assessment of Ravi’s behavior to be true—that he did indeed engage in sexual misconduct,” the executive committee of RZIM’s board of directors wrote in a statement. “This misconduct is deeply troubling and wholly inconsistent with the man Ravi Zacharias presented both publicly and privately to so many over more than four decades of public ministry.”
“We are heartbroken at learning this but feel it necessary to be transparent and to inform our staff, donors, and supporters at this time, even while the investigation continues,” they continued. “We are devastated for those who have suffered from Ravi’s misconduct and for the pain that they are enduring.”
Although the interim report does not provide specific details of Zacharias’ alleged misconduct, it does conclude that he “engaged in sexual misconduct over the course of many years” based on interviews with massage therapists who spoke “candidly and in great detail” and a “review of documents and electronic data.”