Note from Julie Anne: This is a guest blog post by Steve Baughman composed a couple of days ago, before Ravi Zacharias’ death today from cancer. While studying philosophy, he (Steve) ran across the works of the highly respected Christian apologist, Ravi Zacharias–and then Steve uncovered a colossal number of lies and cover-ups by him.
I briefly thought about the timing of this post, coinciding with his death. I toyed with the idea of postponing it, but then the reality hit me that so.many.people are adulating this man to near sainthood. Lauding a hero of the faith requires exceptional moral character. Ravi Zacharias, with his chronic lies and sexual misconduct with a vulnerable married woman, has not exhibited exceptional moral character for decades. This truth needs to be exposed. ~ja
CORRECTION BY STEVE BAUGHMAN.
This article may be false. After posting it I spoke to a professor, Roy Matheson, who was there. He remembers clearly that there was one testimony of 5 to 10 minutes and then Ravi gave a sermon of 20 to 25 minutes. He says the students had requested that Ravi do a sermon, and that this was an unusual honor for a student.
I have no reason to doubt Dr. Matheson’s recollection so I must assume that my two informants simply misremembered. Mea culpa and I apologize for this to RZIM and Ravi’s family.
Ravi Zacharias is on his deathbed [editor note: this post was written two days before Ravi Zacharias’ death], but his lies continue to surface. This one from yesterday, with hard evidence.
In his autobiography Ravi claims that he was chosen to preach at his graduation from the Ontario Bible College in April of 1972. “It was a great honor,” he wrote.
The story is false.
Yesterday (May 16, 2020) I was contacted by two students, both Christians, who were at OBC with Ravi and attended the graduation. They are reading Ravi‘s memoirs, Walking From East to West, and noticed the following passage at page 170:
As the date approached for my graduation from Ontario Bible college on the last Saturday in April 1972, I was asked to preach at the ceremony. The program usually involve testimonies, but this year the administration came to me with a request: “Ravi, we want you to preach.” It was a great honor.”
The two former Ravi-colleagues both clearly remember that Ravi did not preach at the graduation. That was a role reserved for the college president. So they checked the program from that day and then shared it with me.
As you see below, Ravi did not preach. Instead, along with another student, he gave one of the “usual” testimonies. The “great honor” of preaching was reserved for the OBC president.
One week after this graduation Ravi married Margie. In his autobiography he thanks her for having “helped me edit“ the book. One wonders why Margie did not insist that her partner in ministry refrain from this lie, and from numerous others. As Ravi passes from the scene it becomes important to ask these questions of those who enabled his deceptions. For, by the looks of it, Ravi, Inc. is gearing up for many more lucrative years ahead.
Steve Baughman is a lawyer and part-time student at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley. For extensive documentation of the assertions in this article see his Ravi Zacharias exposé Cover Up in the Kingdom: Phone Sex, Lies, and God’s Great Apologist, Ravi Zacharias, available at Amazon for download and physical delivery. Steve can be reached through his website www.RaviWatch.com or www.CelticGuitar.com.