After the multi-generational saga involving the late Christian apologist, Ravi Zacharias, and his years upon years of sexual immorality and abuse of women, the heirs of Zacharias’ empire have decided to completely cancel its founder and remove any reference to him or his work from the entire world.
Zacharias is known best for his ministry apologetics and training at his Institute where he and his staff have trained hundreds over the years. Zacharias spent decades building a ministry that, after his sexual abuse was exposed, is now crumbling before the world’s eyes. While discernment ministries warned of Zacharias’ allegations for several years before he passed, it wasn’t until after he passed that they were taken seriously and investigated.
In 2018, it became public that Zacharias had been involved in a years-long “sexting” scandal and an emotional affair with another woman other than his wife. Zacharias admitted that he was caught up in the emotional aspect, privately in conversation with another woman who had been sending him nude pics of himself, but denied that it ever went any further than that.
Other allegations were made against Zacharias by a retired Detective Constable from the Ontario Provincial Police after 34 years of service that Zacharias, while a minister, pressured a teenage girl to have an abortion “if our careers are to survive.” To our knowledge, Zacharias never addressed these allegations.
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In a statement released this weekend by RZIM, the organization stated that they are currently in the process of removing all of Ravi Zacharias materials from the web and social media and that the organization, including the Zacharias Institute, will be renamed to remove Zacharias’ name from it.
We are in the process of taking down Ravi’s content from our website and social media platforms, including publications, videos, and other forms of content, and we intend to change the name of the organization. Effective immediately, we are also discontinuing the use of “The Zacharias Institute” brand.
The organization also stated that its top priority right now is to provide restitution to victims of Zacharias’ abuse and that they have retained Rachel Denhollander, an abuse survivor in the infamous case of Larry Nassar, the former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor, as a confidential liaison for victims of Zacharias’ abuse.