As an organization, Power to Change has had a long history of partnering with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), an organization founded by Ravi Zacharias. We are grieved to learn that the independent law firm, Miller & Martin PLLC which was hired by RZIM has “found significant and credible evidence that Mr. Zacharias engaged in sexual misconduct over the course of many years.” We are deeply saddened and grieve for the many victims of his sexual misconduct. Mr. Zacharias is no longer with us, having passed away on May 19, 2020, but his victims are still present and we are filled with concern for them. We lament the ways that some held Mr. Zacharias on a pedestal which may have inadvertently contributed to his ability to live such a dual life.
While this is all new information to us, it gives us pause for thought – exalting people takes the focus off Jesus Christ. Our hearts are broken in learning of the pain experienced by the victims of sexual abuse. As Christians, we must stand against such actions by people in Christian leadership. God has not called us to be impure, but to live a holy life. (1 Thess. 4:7)