Nathan Zacharias, son of the late disgraced apologist Ravi Zacharias, has posted his first blog in seven months to explain that his recent silence is not due to him having changed his mind about his father’s character.
“Many people have written in to ask if a quiet blog means something has changed,” said Zacharias in a post dated Aug. 4. “As was the case before, no, nothing has changed. We still believe in Dad’s innocence, we still believe the investigation was biased and unethical, and we believe RZIM’s leadership mishandled many things, as well.”
Nathan Zacharias Maintains His Position
Ravi Zacharias was a Christian speaker and apologist who founded Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM). He passed away from cancer in May 2020 at the age of 74. In the months that followed, reports surfaced, one of the most notable of which was from Christianity Today, that Zacharias was guilty of sexual misconduct. ChurchLeaders did its own articles on these allegations, which you can read below.
After initially denying the claims against its founder, RZIM hired law firm Miller & Martin to do an independent investigation that had devastating findings. Miller & Martin’s report, released in February 2021, found that Zacharias had encounters with multiple women in multiple countries, encounters that included sexting, unwanted touching, spiritual abuse, and in one case, rape.
In March 2021, RZIM announced it would rebrand as a grant-making organization. In October 2021, Zacharias’ daughter, Sarah Davis, stepped from her role as RZIM’s CEO to start her own ministry. Former donors to RZIM have filed a class action lawsuit against the ministry, alleging it concealed Zacharias’ abuse and misrepresented his character.
In February 2022, Guidepost Solutions released a report that found RZIM had been aware of inappropriate conduct by Zacharias since at least 2008 and that the ministry had used donor funds to sue abuse survivor Lori Anne Thompson.