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Prominent evangelical chief Ravi Zacharias engaged in sexual misconduct, his ministry studies

Ravi Zacharias, a outstanding evangelical Christian chief and writer who died of most cancers final May at age 74, led a double lifetime of coerced sexual gratification from therapeutic massage therapists, his group, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), mentioned Thursday. RZIM launched an unbiased report by the Atlanta legislation agency Miller & Martin detailing Zacharias’ transgressions, together with sexual misconduct and rape allegations from greater than a dozen therapeutic massage therapists and the invention of about 200 pictures of younger ladies on his telephones, a few of them nude selfies. The board of RZIM, which is led by Zacharias’ daughter, mentioned it was “shocked and grieved by Ravi’s actions,” and apologized to his victims: “Words cannot come close to expressing the sorrow that we feel for what you have been through or the gratitude we feel for the bravery with which you have responded.” RZIM denied any sexual misconduct by its founder final fall, and Zacharias had sued one accuser for extortion earlier than he died. Most of the ladies Miller & Martin interviewed mentioned that in massages, Zacharias would seize their breasts or genitals and ask for sexual gratification. Investigators discovered greater than 200 different therapeutic massage therapists listed in his telephones, a lot of them in Asia. He spent months at a pair of flats he owned in Bangkok, and the investigators discovered 2016 texts displaying that Zacharias “spent his days writing and his nights receiving massages” there. The lady who accused Zacharias of rape mentioned that after he “arranged for the ministry to provide her with financial support, he required sex from her,” then “made her pray with him to thank God for the ‘opportunity’ they both received.” The lady informed investigators that Zacharias “called her his ‘reward’ for living a life of service to God,” and “said he warned her not ever to speak out against him or she would be responsible for the ‘millions of souls’ whose salvation would be lost if his reputation was damaged.” Zacharias, born in India and raised in Canada, first rose to prominence preaching at a 1983 convention organized by Rev. Billy Graham. He went on to put in writing about two dozen books and had a radio present. His funeral in August was attended by then-Vice President Mike Pence, NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, and different boldface names. “In Ravi Zacharias, God gave us the greatest Christian apologist of this century,” Pence mentioned on the funeral. “He was the C.S. Lewis of our day.” More tales from theweek.comMike Pence’s ‘nuclear soccer’ was additionally apparently in danger through the Capitol siegeImpeachment is not what’s going to damage Trump mostTrump impeachment lawyer dodges query about whether or not Trump misplaced the election

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