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Monday, July 7, 2014

RAVI ZACHARIAS HERE IN LANGLEY

Ravi Zacharias
Last evening Christine and I attended a public meeting at which renowned internationally recognized Christian apologist and author Ravi Zacharias spoke on the theme, 'Notions of Truth and Tensions in Society.' I was so glad to hear him in person once again. His daily radio program Let My People think, enable listeners to process views within popular culture that are steadily influenced by the New Age obsession with human potentiality and spirituality and also to properly appreciate the definitive person, work and teaching of Jesus Christ.
Smiths Falls Logo

At the conclusion of yesterday's meeting, I was able to shake his hand, mention "Smiths Falls Ontario 1972" and immediately his face registered recognition and we briefly chatted before his attention had to be given to the scores of others who wanted to meet him. Now I can tell you what he remembered with me.

Tyndale University and College
Ravi and I graduated a couple of years apart from Ontario Bible College (OBC) in Toronto, now Tyndale University and Seminary.

I was already aware of Ravi's giftedness as a communicator and his spirituality when in 1972 I invited him to be a keynote speaker for an eight day crusade in the town of Smiths Falls, Ontario where I was pastoring Calvary Bible Church. He was 26 years of age and I was 30. Mine was a small church of eighty people but in preparation for the crusade I trained spiritual counsellors there and in three other churches in the area.
Calvary Bible Church, Smiths Falls, Ontario 

Typical of crusades at the time, I had arranged for guest musicians for each of the eight dates in October. An entire college choir from OBC under the direction of Warren Adams drove from Toronto for the event. Advertisements reached surrounding communities and each evening at the local civic arena an audience from 500-700 people listened to Ravi's challenging messages that invited people to place their trust in Jesus Christ. Seventy two individuals were recorded as having committed their lives to God that week. God knows the lasting outcome of that work.

It was evident in those days that Ravi Zacharias was empowered by God with unique perceptions and oratorical skills. Not surprisingly Ravi became a global evangelist with an ability to intelligently communicate the credibility of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He began to receive invitations to universities to engage the minds of young adults and thirty years ago he founded RZIM, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Distinctive in its strong evangelistic and apologetic foundation, the ministry of RZIM is intended to touch both the heart and the intellect of the thinkers and influencers of society through the support of the visionary leadership of Ravi Zacharias.

He has authored 20 books in which Ravi has defended Christianity against atheism, Darwinism, Oscar Wilde, religious hypocrisy and world religions. In his book, Why Jesus? Rediscovering His Truth in an Age of Mass Marketed Spirituality (FaithWords, $21.99), he sets his sights on the New Spirituality/New Age movement and such prominent proponents as Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra.

I wrote a reflective blog piece in September 2009, called 'A Distant Greeting from a Former Resident,' the content of which I had sent to the town of Smiths Falls and an appreciation for the years I spent in the town gaining my footing as a young pastor, and referencing the special eight day crusade for which Ravi Zacharias was my invited speaker.


A Ligonier Institute Interview with Ravi

The Wikipedia account of Ravi Zachias



1 comment:

  1. Mr. Unruh: You are undoubtedly aware of the revelations that recently surfaced about Ravi Zacharias's academic C.V. fraud in which it was convincingly established that Mr. Zacharias was never "a visiting scholar at Cambridge University," that he never enrolled in an academic graduate program (much less earned an academic doctorate), that he was never an employee of the University of Oxford despite claiming to be "an official lecturer at Oxford," that he never chaired a "department" at Alliance Theological Seminary, etc. Sadly, the list goes on at some length. (Documentation based on direct contact with Oxford, Cambridge and Alliance may be viewed at www.RaviWatch.com.) ;

    I write now to inform you of the very troubling breaking news regarding the lawsuit Mr. Zacharias recently filed in federal court in the United States, in which he admits some wrongdoing and fails to deny a most explosive allegation that he threatened suicide in order to suppress an online affair he was having with a married Canadian woman.

    Mr. Zacharias's lawsuit has not been discussed in the Christian press despite the fact that court filings are a matter of public record.

    FEDERAL LAWSUIT

    On July 31, of 2017, Mr. Zacharias filed a federal lawsuit in the US District Court in Atlanta against a Canadian woman with whom he had been having an online affair that involved him receiving numerous sexual photos from the woman. In paragraph 75 of his complaint (a public record) Mr. Zacharias admits to inappropriate behavior with Lori Anne Thompson.

    Most disturbingly, Ms. Thompson's lawyer has alleged that Mr. Zacharias threatened in writing to commit suicide if Ms. Thompson revealed the relationship to her husband. The attorney, Mark Bryant, claims to have a copy of this written communication.

    Significantly, Mr. Zacharias did not deny the suicide threat in his lengthy court filing in which he denied numerous other claims.

    Within days of filing this lawsuit Mr. Zacharias left the United States for the Middle East, leaving his speaking calendar blank for the whole month.

    It is of great concern that despite the seriousness of these revelations, the Christian press has given the story no attention whatsoever. It is also a matter of great concern that church leaders continue to give Mr. Zacharias a pulpit despite these very serious allegations to which he, as far as I have been able to ascertain, has not publicly responded.

    If you wish to review Mr. Zacharias's court filings against Ms. Thompson, you may find them at www.RaviWatch.com and at the federal courts PACER program.

    You may also simply Google "Ravi Zacharias online sex scandal."

    The lawsuit is discussed in some detail on YouTube, and you may access that by simply typing "Ravi Zacharias sex scandal" into the YouTube search field.

    I hope you will wish to thoroughly look into these matters. Mr. Zacharias can be reached personally at rakzach@gmail.com and through his public relations manager, Ruth Malhotra, at PR@rzim.org.

    Please note that Mr. Zacharias's response to inquiries, at least those that have been forwarded to me, have been highly evasive and somewhat deceptive. You will note also that several of his false claims were removed from his website shortly after he was confronted with their falsity.

    Please feel free to contact me if you would like more information about this very important matter. I would be happy to speak with or meet you and share the information in my files.

    Steve Baughman
    Attorney at Law
    San Francisco, CA

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