What reason would an atheist have for bringing a Christian apologist down who regularly decimated them in debate? To clarify a few things addressed in your response: First of all, you seem to assume that I believe one side over the other; but, with cases like this, there is no way to know who is telling the truth. If both, then how frequently the one vs the other? Why would they not work through the church denomination (the Missionary Alliance) rather than quietly attempt to extort money- if they really cared about the church. Who knows what people would say about the lives of the Apostles? The Thompsons are now forbidden by a confidential settlement agreement from talking about what happened. For all you know, these accusations were made up in a plot to extort money from the ministry. The reason we address these issues isn’t to hurt the church’s testimony, but to demonstrate that the Christian Church, having a perfectly capable Savior, can confess our sins and be forgiven. The Ravi Zacharias Sex Scandal: My Thoughts. I hope the women who have suffered can get the treatment they need. Who exactly gave World Magazine (or any other journalist) the role of judge and jury in these matters? I think we need to resist the temptation to convict Ravi in the court of puplic opinion. I've found the direction World Magazine has headed in the past six months troubling, to say the least. With an ancestry from Iraq and having come to believe the Christian gospel, Shamoun has made it his life mission to reach out to Muslims. But Ravi Zacharias was one of the rare laborers who could stand on a platform at a university campus, in front of a crowd of Muslims, or anywhere he could really, and speak about how Jesus Christ was the way, the truth, and the life and that no man can come to the Father but by Him. Are there principles we can gather from these passages? We were even told, ‘Blessed are they that mourn,’ and I accept it. Ravi, my spiritual friend and mentor, died this morning, succumbing to the cancer that had crept into his life just a few months ago. Nobody here is putting Mr. Zacharias on a pedestal, but we don't believe that extortion, slander and unverified accusations should be allowed to bring an honorable man down. Lori Anne’s husband, Brad, was a “huge fan” of Zacharias and his ministry prior to meeting him in person, according to a close friend of the Thompsons. There again, these date errors could be clues to fabrication. (That's like asking a kid why he is complaining about a broken arm when someone else is dying of a heart attack. Mr Zacharias settled out of court for an unspecified amount, which he received from Mr. & Mrs. Thompson. Watching church members struggle with various illnesses and succumb to death challenged me in ways I could have never expected. With the massage therapists, Mr. Zecharias was brought in by the owner and confronted. How do you not know that some wealthy atheist hired this lawyer to bring Mr. Zecharias down by whatever means. Janie B. Cheaney What is appropriate? Just because there is supposed news, and just because it could be reported doesn't mean it should be. So I'm not sure there are any "holes and discrepancies" at least on your first two points. 7 The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Of course it is possible that Ravi Zacharias sinned in these gross ways. This is a greater offense and in greater detail than your movie reviews. Ravi Zacharias, head of a global ministry and bestselling author, died Tuesday May 19, 2020 at his home in Atlanta, following a brief battle with cancer. Regarding the other accusers, the massage therapists, I'm not sure they were part of the church. There's another item that I'd label a "hole" in the story. (Not that I’m very likely to adopt much from traditional Indian medicine. I am a new subscriber. The import of Zacharias never having been physically alone with Thompson is obvious. The India-born Zacharias … But Thompson had never claimed they were alone. How many Christians do yoga exercise? The weight in the balance is terribly skewed. He maintained an impeccable reputation through his life. You have got to be kidding. Whirled Views /, Music / Q&A / Children's Books / Books / Movies / Television, Quick Takes / Quotables / Human Race / News, Ravi Zacharias When Sharma pitched the spa sale to Bonds, she said, he described how a celebrity like Zacharias had founded the spa with him and invested in it. Margaret Reynolds was Ravi Zacharias' wife of 48 years. If this sin, although unproven, has been committed, just report the facts. (1) G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy (SanFrancisco: Ignatius Press, 1995), 87. But it's becoming clear that it was a facade that hid a withered soul. While it is uncommon for a religious leader to own a spa, it is not inherently sinful -- unless you think that massages are always sexual. © 1986-2021 WORLD News Group. Were these women paid off in some fashion to level these accusations? Zacharias, who died in May after a battle with cancer, said in a Christianity Today article published in December 2017 that the woman had sent him unwanted, racy photos of herself and that it was part of a plot to extract millions of dollars from him and his ministry. The above WORLD article refers to how Zacharias characterized his specific email conversation with Thompson. and most importantly to the reputation of Christ Himself to a watching world. (10) The above WORLD article reads, “RZIM, in a recent statement on these allegations, said Zacharias had never been alone with Thompson. His (supposed) comments with no context. Why the difference? Certainly, if the allegations turn out to be false, I think WORLD and Belz will have some serious apologizing to do. Preliminary reports state that there is corroborating evidence to back up the claims. The reason we address these issues isn’t to hurt the church’s testimony, but to demonstrate that the Christian Church, having a perfectly capable Savior, can confess our sins and be forgiven. / Before seeing that post, I was already aware of that news via an earlier blog post on Bruce Cooper’s Reason Cases for Christ. Ms. Belz, however, briefly notes that an attorney named Steve Baughman originally publicized the claims. They participated in a legal cover up of the Lori Ann Thompson allegations. 5:19-20) is talking about a trial within the church, not some journalistic trial. Independent reporter and blogger Julie Roys first published those records, some of which WORLD has also obtained independently. But Thompson had never claimed they were alone. Famed apologist Ravi Zacharias has spent the past few weeks embroiled in a complex scandal in which he has had to defend himself from both accusations of inappropriate online conduct with a woman and questions about the authenticity of his credentials. Obviously, Christians shouldn't be surprised by such conduct of atheists, and we should be skeptical of the allegations given the lack of evidence. Hold on Not Silent! Hearsay. News and opinion website that brings you reports and narrative from a perspective often ignored or suppressed by the mainstream media of India. I’d argue it has several advantages, including at least: 1. We need the context. Posted on Fri May 08, 2020 by dee May 8, 2020. 3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? Ravi Zacharias is founder and chairman of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. You're accepting the word of Mrs. Thompson that the CMA didn't interview her. I too have been a strong promoter of World, but am very disappointed in how this situation was handled. And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? It may sell magazines but our first calling is to God and to honor him. 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Otherwise, what good does this kind of reporting do? Just looking at your first two points, I believe the supposed discrepancy could be due to two different timeframes. “Ravi Zacharias, who spent his life defending Christianity through books and lectures, has died. I thought I was purchasing a magazine with a Christian Worldview and perspective. Your harsh reaction to these allegations is to be expected from some quarters of the evangelical camp and is exactly the reason why they were brought forward tardily and reluctantly. Thompson and husband Brad met Zacharias at a donor event in 2014 and began communicating with the apologist by email, at first about Zacharias’ ministry. The latest accusations relate to Zacharias’ activity at two spas he co-owned at a strip mall in Alpharetta, Ga., near RZIM headquarters: Touch of Eden, which operated from 2004 to 2008, and Jivan Wellness, which operated from 2009 to 2015. (14)  And this one is huge. 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This week was a sad one for Christians around the world, as advocate, author and apologist Ravi Zacharias died Tuesday of sarcoma. The spas are flashing red. I also hope WORLD can land additional on-the-record sources (some of whom Ms. Belz has already tried to speak to); key people would include the Indian woman who accompanied Mr. Zacharias, Mr. Zacharias's business partner, and people who both knew Ravi Zacharias in his ministry capacity and who utilized the spa (there appears to have been at least one such person). Leave no room for misunderstanding or accusations. I too agree with CM. It hurts the Christian witness, terribly. My father was not a believer until he was bedridden, dying, but he was very old school. Ravi Zacharias, a former world renown Christian apologist, has been accused of sexually assaulting multiple women over many years. Mr. Zacharias was very effective against the arguments of atheists so there is strong motive to want to destroy the man. We’ll keep you informed about any further developments, and the outcome of any investigations.”. Christianity Today interviewed three massage therapists who worked at both Jivan and Touch of Eden at different times and who claim Zacharias sexually harassed them. ), Adesanya said no other therapists complained to her about Zacharias during her tenure. We have too many "untouchable" stars in American Christendom. (I find it significant that she sent a PRIVATE letter. Now people are coming out in droves to share their gratitude toward a man who has touched their lives in profound ways. After consulting a lawyer, Ms. Thompson wrote a private letter seeking a monetary settlement from Mr. Zecharias, and Mr. Zecharias responded by filing a federal lawsuit. (I find it significant that she sent a PRIVATE letter. MTJanet, you are absolutely right. Yes, they wrote a private letter to extort money out of him for $5 million! The couple had three children, Sarah, Nathan and Naomi. Follow her on Twitter @emlybelz. 2 Or do you not know that the Lord’s people will judge the world? Evangelist Ravi Zacharias, who built an international ministry that strives to defend Christianity on intellectual grounds, has died in Georgia. Indian physician Sushrutha, who lived much earlier than Al-Zahwari, is considered to be the 'father of surgery', The research would be carried out to understand the nature and formation of the Ram Setu and its surrounding areas, In the TRP case chargesheet, pages of personal chats between Arnab Goswami and the ex-BARC CEO Partho Dasgupta have been added, With apprehensions surrounding Chinese vaccines swelling, India has taken a lead in helping the world to combat coronavirus with its indigenously developed COVID-19 vaccines. It doesn’t spread salacious details of allegations that may eventually prove to be false. Situations like this hurt everyone-the accuser, the accused, the families, the church, really everyone. (1) World reports that the spa manager Adesanya said that Zacharias came in regularly once per month. Hmm. HE was the one who filed a federal lawsuit and made the situation part of the public record.). The story is most certainly worth investigating, and I am glad to see Ms. Belz weigh in with her journalistic expertise. Upon learning of his death, many who knew the influential Christian apologist took the internet to express their sadness as well as admiration of his work. Which is it? / But only 1 accusation arose (publically) during his lifetime. Reactions: MapleLeaf, Salluz, RestInHim and 8 others. ... Death is the end here for all of us. We now find out that there was 1 other, not made public until now. The 2015 form 990 also states that RZIM provided a “housing allowance or residence for personal use” to Ravi and Margie Zacharias. The outpouring of grief over the loss caused “Ravi Zacharias,” “Ravi,” “#RIPRavi,” and “#ThankYouRavi” to trend on Twitter. Accusations from a woman who had troubles (who had somehow deleted her emails), a worker who felt uncomfortable, and some anonymous women who were possibly paid for their testimony, do not really amount to a case, especially when there was no proof in the court, and there was the explicit renunciation of the charge by Zacharias while he was alive. We ourselves find it hard to process what we have just seen and heard. After consulting a lawyer, Ms. Thompson wrote a private letter seeking a monetary settlement from Mr. Zecharias, and Mr. Zecharias responded by filing a federal lawsuit. He was 74 when he died of cancer earlier this year after 48 years of marriage to his wife, Margie. Content creators don’t stay away from picking on other communities because they fear lawsuits or court cases. I think CM says a lot of wise things here. The aspersions cast on Ravi's character can never be taken back. This is the link to the Obituary for Ravi Zacharias. 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