A lawsuit filed by donors to Ravi Zacharias International Ministries alleges the ministry covered up its founder’s abusive behavior.
The complaint was filed in federal court for the North District of Georgia. The plaintiffs say RZIM misled them about Zacharias’ character and how donations would be used.
“Defendants (RZIM) bilked tens — if not hundreds — of millions of dollars from well-meaning donors who believed RZIM and Zacharias to be faith-filled Christian leaders,” the plaintiffs allege. “In fact, Zacharias was a prolific sexual predator who used his ministry and RZIM funds to perpetrate sexual and spiritual abuse against women.”
Zacharias, who died of cancer in 2020, was a legendary Christian apologist, who traveled the world defending the Christian faith. His books on apologetics were cited by celebrity pastors and politicians. Not long after Zacharias’ death, allegations of serious sexual abuse surfaced.
The lawsuit is built largely on the findings of a 2021 report commissioned by RZIM, which detailed a pattern of sexual abuse by Zacharias.
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