By Bishop Efraim Tendero, Secretary General, World Evangelical Alliance
ON RAVI ZACARIAS
Ravi Zacharias, one of my Christian heroes was fatally wounded in battle. I grieve as one among those who was not able to help, being unaware of the concealed wounds he carried alone to his grave.
I grieve, in that by concealing his wounds he lost the battle.
I grieve that innocent women were victimized by him abusing a position of spiritual authority.
I grieve that there has been no administration of justice and restitution for these violations.
I grieve for his wife and family who now bear the shock and shame of scandals made public after his death.
I grieve for the stumbling he may cause those to whom he has ministered.
I grieve that the ministry he built suffers as they attempt to reconstitute a ministry which had helped so many.
I grieve that the Gospel witness is tarnished.
I grieve that he died alone, carrying his personal suffering to death.
I am consoled that God allowed his secrets to be revealed so that victims can be heard, and that care and restitution will enable restoration and healing.
I am consoled that that the International Board of the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) has commissioned a full and independent investigation and declared repentance for having allowed such abuses and for not providing accountability for Ravi in his life and ministry.
I pray that RZIM Board will be kind and generous in providing restitution to the victims and enable justice to emerge.
I pray that the God of justice and mercy will bring healing to the victims, his family, the RIZM Family, and indeed to the whole body of Christ.
Efraim M. Tendero