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Investigation Finds Dead Evangelist Rotting in Hell for Eternity After Sexually Assaulting Multiple Women in His Lifetime
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Miloch
2021-02-13 01:55:25 UTC
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Ravi Zacharias, a well-known evangelical and self-styled scholar who died in the
Spring of 2019, has been outed by his own organization, Ravi Zacharias
International Ministries, for participating in “sexting, unwanted touching,
spiritual abuse, and rape,” according to a report released by RZIM. The report
comes as a result of an investigation into allegations against Zacharias,
conducted by an outside firm at the behest of RZIM, which initially denied any
misconduct by their leader. By the time Zacharias died, he had become such a
figure among American evangelicals that former Vice President Mike Pence spoke
at his memorial service, the New York Times reports.

Zacharias, who specialized in apologetics—a style of preaching that centers
logical debate in order to win more souls over to Christianity—was accused of
sexual misconduct several years before he died, but managed to go unscathed to
his death bed. But as he likely preached to anyone that would listen, all that
is done in the dark will someday be brought to the light, and that light now
shines on Zacharias’s multiple assaults on several women who worked in two day
spas that he co-owned. In September Christianity Today reported:

"Three women who worked at the businesses, located in a strip mall in the
Atlanta suburbs, told Christianity Today that Ravi Zacharias touched them
inappropriately, exposed himself, and masturbated during regular treatments over
a period of about five years. His business partner said he regrets not stopping
Zacharias and sent an apology text to one of the victims this month.

The Times reports that the total number of women who had been assaulted or
harassed by Zacharias at the day spas was actually 12. One massage therapist
reported “many encounters over a period of years that she described as rape,” to
investigators. The investigation also found that this particular massage
therapist had a friendly relationship with Zacharias, whom she considered a
“father figure,” a common approach used by male preachers to bring vulnerable
congregants under their sway. Eventually, Zacharias arranged for the woman to
get financial support from his church and began demanding sex shortly
thereafter. According to the report, Zacharias “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.”

In Christian circles, particularly ones that cater to communities of color or
otherwise vulnerable communities, the fatherly aura of a male church leader is
of paramount importance. Smaller churches live and die by the reputations of
their pastors who, through charisma and the wielding of the so-called word of
God, can convince congregants to do just about anything. Donate more money than
they have, ignore their spouses in service to the church, raise their children a
certain way and, in extreme cases, create a shield of secrecy around a church
leader. It is this secrecy, this need to keep a figurehead in holy standing,
that allows predators like Zacharias to operate unchecked quite literally until
the day they die.




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Graham
2021-02-13 02:21:04 UTC
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Ravi Zacharias, a well-known evangelical and self-styled scholar who died in the
Spring of 2019, has been outed by his own organization, Ravi Zacharias
International Ministries, for participating in “sexting, unwanted touching,
spiritual abuse, and rape,” according to a report released by RZIM. The report
comes as a result of an investigation into allegations against Zacharias,
conducted by an outside firm at the behest of RZIM, which initially denied any
misconduct by their leader. By the time Zacharias died, he had become such a
figure among American evangelicals that former Vice President Mike Pence spoke
at his memorial service, the New York Times reports.
Zacharias, who specialized in apologetics—a style of preaching that centers
logical debate in order to win more souls over to Christianity—was accused of
sexual misconduct several years before he died, but managed to go unscathed to
his death bed. But as he likely preached to anyone that would listen, all that
is done in the dark will someday be brought to the light, and that light now
shines on Zacharias’s multiple assaults on several women who worked in two day
"Three women who worked at the businesses, located in a strip mall in the
Atlanta suburbs, told Christianity Today that Ravi Zacharias touched them
inappropriately, exposed himself, and masturbated during regular treatments over
a period of about five years. His business partner said he regrets not stopping
Zacharias and sent an apology text to one of the victims this month.
The Times reports that the total number of women who had been assaulted or
harassed by Zacharias at the day spas was actually 12. One massage therapist
reported “many encounters over a period of years that she described as rape,” to
investigators. The investigation also found that this particular massage
therapist had a friendly relationship with Zacharias, whom she considered a
“father figure,” a common approach used by male preachers to bring vulnerable
congregants under their sway. Eventually, Zacharias arranged for the woman to
get financial support from his church and began demanding sex shortly
thereafter. According to the report, Zacharias “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.”
In Christian circles, particularly ones that cater to communities of color or
otherwise vulnerable communities, the fatherly aura of a male church leader is
of paramount importance. Smaller churches live and die by the reputations of
their pastors who, through charisma and the wielding of the so-called word of
God, can convince congregants to do just about anything. Donate more money than
they have, ignore their spouses in service to the church, raise their children a
certain way and, in extreme cases, create a shield of secrecy around a church
leader. It is this secrecy, this need to keep a figurehead in holy standing,
that allows predators like Zacharias to operate unchecked quite literally until
the day they die.
What a con-man he was! A smooth-talking liar of the first order!

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