Margie Zacharias, wife of disgraced apologist Ravi Zacharias, denies that her deceased husband was guilty of spiritual and sexual abuse—despite extensive evidence to the contrary.
“He could never have kept a secret like they are alleging (alleging, I say, as there is not one whit of evidence to support what they are saying),” said Margie Zacharias in an email that her son, Nathan, published on his blog. “At the very least, with all the medication he was on at the end and his hallucinations something would have come out if something were there.”
According to investigative journalist Julie Roys, Margie Zacharias’s email was originally posted in a private Facebook group called “Friends who like Ravi Zacharias.” However, Nathan Zacharias explained on Instagram that he has posted his mother’s email on his blog, “Defending Ravi,” at her request, saying she “remains convinced of my Dad’s innocence” and is “glad” for people to know why.
Notably, Margie’s position directly contradicts the findings of an independent investigation from the Miller & Martin law firm, as well as the testimony of numerous witnesses, that Ravi Zacharias was a prolific, methodical sexual predator.
Margie Zacharias: ‘There Is No Evidence’
Margie Zacharias’s belief in her husband’s innocence is based in part on the fact that she recently went through a number of his belongings and found nothing to incriminate him.
“I wanted you all to know that I have spent the last week going through every paper and article in Ravi’s desk, closet and drawers,” wrote Margie, who said that Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) had given her 90 days to move out of her home, even though it “had been promised” to her after her husband’s death for as long as she wanted to live there. “Before I left the house I wanted to be certain that nothing was left of Ravi that anyone could take and twist and create a story to use against him,” she said.
Observing that her husband had not been an organized person, Margie Zacharias said she went through suitcases, papers, drawers, cards, receipts, and money. She sorted pain medication, pens and watches, and “the bag of crosses he gave to every therapist who helped him and which have been used against him, called expensive gifts used to bribe or ‘groom’…I’m not even sure what that is. I guess normal, civil discourse is grooming because you want to make a good impression on someone.”
Margie also said she found cards from therapists “thanking him for the blessing he was to them, for his encouragement to them, for leading them into a deeper walk with the Lord or being instrumental in bringing them to the Lord.” She said that she and her daughter, Naomi, had received “frequent text messages” from a therapist who had often helped Ravi with his back, expressing love, respect, and support for the Zacharias family.
After going through her husband’s effects, Margie said, “In short, I want you, his family, to know beyond a shadow of doubt that I found not one suspicious receipt, letter, card, expenditure…absolutely nothing to support the claims being made or the charges against him.”
In addition to finding nothing incriminating in Ravi’s belongings, Margie said that she could not believe the allegations against her husband because of what she had personally observed about his spiritual life. She believes that he was fully devoted to God, her, their children, and those who looked up to him. “Such a man could not be guilty of what is being alleged and there is no evidence at all to support those allegations,” she said.
Margie Zacharias Dismisses Miller & Martin’s Report
It is no doubt shocking and distressing to consider claims that one’s spouse was a sexual predator. However, Margie Zacharias’s statement that “there is no evidence at all to support those allegations” is remarkable to say the least, given the amount of evidence that exists.