Before rushing to any analysis on what the Church can learn following these revelations, it is imperative we listen to the victims. The truth is that Lori Anne Thompson's story, of how Razi Zacharias groomed her, was doubted, and her motives questioned by many. Ravi sued her, and RZIM failed to investigate. As she explains: "The consequences of trying to hold Ravi Zacharias to account for his abusive and predatory behaviour was that my husband and I not only had to endure endless interpersonal atrocities — we were also widely publicly humiliated and vilified." Now finally, she has been exonerated. We must begin by listening to her, and the other victims.
We must also weep and repent of our collective failure, as we read her words, "I knew the world to be an unsafe place before I met Ravi Zacharias — but I yet had hope that there were some safe and sacred spaces. I no longer live with that hope. I trusted him. I trusted Christendom. That trust is irreparably and catastrophically shattered."
David Robertson summarises the report and explains why, despite what many wanted to believe, the evidence is clear.
This initial report and insight into how RZIM failed to take allegations seriously is shocking. It may not be the final word on all that took place inside that ministry, but it certainly makes for sobering reading. One re-occurring question is, why - even now - are the RZIM board of directions anonymous?
Glen Scrivener's palpable anger at suggestions RZIM need only re-brand, is difficult to argue with.
Tanya Marlow unpacks some of the most common - and most wrong - responses to a story like this. If you've ever said, or been tempted to say, "We cannot judge" or "The problem is pedestals" or "Well, King David was an adulterer", then you'll want to take a look at this.