Last week, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries released a 12-page report about its founder and namesake. It confirmed ?abuse by Zacharias at day spas he owned in Atlanta and uncovers five additional victims in the US, as well as evidence of sexual abuse in Thailand, India, and Malaysia.? From CT?s reporting:
Even a limited review of Zacharias?s old devices revealed contacts for more than 200 massage therapists in the US and Asia and hundreds of images of young women, including some that showed the women naked. Zacharias solicited and received photos until a few months before his death in May 2020 at age 74.
Zacharias used tens of thousands of dollars of ministry funds dedicated to a ?humanitarian effort? to pay four massage therapists, providing them housing, schooling, and monthly support for extended periods of time, according to investigators.
One woman told the investigators that ?after he arranged for the ministry to provide her with financial support, he required sex from her.? She called it rape.
She said Zacharias ?made her pray with him to thank God for the ?opportunity? they both received? and, as with other victims, ?called her his ?reward? for living a life of service to God,? the report says. Zacharias warned the woman?a fellow believer?if she ever spoke out against him, she would be responsible for millions of souls lost when his reputation was damaged.
As once again, we?ve learned the flagrantly sinful double life of a prominent Christian leader, we wanted to discuss how to discuss it in light of what we believe about grace, mercy, and sin. These principles, of course, are the bedrock of our Christian faith, but are especially ones we grapple with in light of Ash Wednesday.
Covenant College professor of theological studies Kelly Kapic joined global media manager Morgan Lee and editorial director Ted Olsen to discuss if all our sins are equally wicked to God, what it means to extend grace to a person you never met personally, and what it means to hold people accountable for their sins, especially after they?ve died.
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