Ravi Zacharias’ Wife Breaks Silence – Says all Accusations Are Bogus + Takes Shot at John MacArthur

The wife of disgraced Apologist Ravi Zacharias has broken her silence around the allegations of her husband’s sexual perversities and shenanigans, publicly stating that she does not believe them for a second and that they are all fabricated and made up, perpetuating a cycle of denial in which she and her family find themselves.

In a letter initially sent to relatives, then posted pubicly to her son Nathan’s apologetic website ‘Defending Ravi,’ Margie Zacharias, chief cultural officer for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) and former longtime board member, defended the reputation of her late husband, explaining that she went through all her husband’s personal effects and she saw nothing that would indicate he was anything other than pure as the driven snow.

She writes, in part, with the full letter being posted at the end of this article:

Good am, Family. I love you all. 

I wanted you all to know that I have spent the last week going through every paper and article in Ravi’s desk, closet and drawers. I moved last Monday as RZIM told me I had 90 days to vacate our home, which had been promised to me specifically in the case that Ravi died for as long as I wanted it. Before I left the house I wanted to be certain that nothing was left of Ravi that anyone could take and twist and create a story to use against him.

She explains that she has messages from the therapist that treated his back the most in recent years and they offer him a glowing view, affirming their love and respect for him. This in contrast to his business partners and other spa workers who accused him of sexually abusing and molesting the help, including one who says he abused her and her daughter.

…I found a receipt book from which he issued a receipt for every massage he received at home, with the name of the therapist and a description of the treatment, signed by the therapist and by him. 

…I found multiple cards from people, including some therapists, thanking him for the blessing he was to them, for his encouragement to them, for leading them into a deeper walk with the Lord or being instrumental in bringing them to the Lord.

After going through his effects, Margie explains, “There is nothing there.”

All of this is to tell you what I did not find: no suspicious financial documents, no financial or real estate arrangements that I did not know about. No investments that I was not aware of. No suspicious letters or cards of a romantic nature from anyone but me. No suspicious expenditures. No products to treat conditions unknown to me. 

In short, I want you, his family, to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I found not one suspicious receipt, letter, card, expenditure…absolutely nothing to support the claims being made or the charges against him.

Margie explained that Ravi was not duplicitous and could not act for the life of him – that the poor man couldn’t even keep a secret, least of all from her.

…He could never have kept a secret like they are alleging (alleging, I say, as there is not one whit of evidence to support what they are saying). At the very least, with all the medication he was on at the end and his hallucinations something would have come out if something were there.

Reflecting on his death, Margie reports that Ravi went to his grave professing that he was ready to meet the Lord, and was not fearful.

When Ravi learned his cancer had metastasized he said he was ready to meet the Lord. He had no regrets, he said, except that he would have to leave us behind. He had no fear of dying, of meeting the Lord. His conversations at the end when he was seeing things we couldn’t and talking to people we couldn’t see were not filled with angst or fear or guilt. He was talking about strategy for sharing the Gospel with his unseen visitors. So much for Randy Alcorn and John MacArthur.  [Editor’s note: She may be referring to these statements from Dr. MacArthur.]

He never uttered another woman’s name, even in his sleep. His first thoughts every morning were of the Lord, his first words, ‘Thank you, Lord.’

Margie states that she knew him better than anyone else and that he loved her completely, asserting again his innocence and arguing there is no evidence whatsoever that he did that of which he has been accused, with the damning Miller & Martin report all being made up and taken out of context.

He was not perfect. He was a man. As his wife of 48 years, I know this more than anyone else. But his failures were not in this area. He was spectacularly self-disciplined in his conduct, especially where it would reflect poorly on the Lord. He denied himself every single day in order to fulfill his calling and be pleasing to the Lord

Such a man could not be guilty of what is being alleged and there is no evidence at all to support those allegations, not in his personal effects, his financial records, his correspondence, his actions observed by all who knew him over 74 yrs. Even the so-called evidence in his emails is phrases, words taken out of context and never confirmed with those who knew him, who could give some context.

For the latter, she is referring to statements like this from the report:

  • “In 2014, Mr. Zacharias met and exchanged emails with a massage therapist who lived in Bangkok. They used pet names such as ‘sweetheart,’ ‘baby,’ ‘babe,’ ‘darling,’ ‘angel,’ ‘my precious little girl,’ and ‘honey;’ they exchanged selfies (the latest photograph of her is from 2019); and they discussed how much they loved and missed each other. During a May 2014 coup d’etat in Thailand, Mr. Zacharias expressed his worry that travel to Bangkok could be stopped. He told her: ‘I know more than ever that you have become the love of my life. I’m waiting to hold you close to my heart again. Please be safe my angel. I Love you and goodnight from here.’ He told her to keep him ‘as the only one in your heart. I love you my dearest xxxxxx.'”

    and:

    “Their communications imply that their relationship had a physical component. They discussed not being able to wait until they can be together, that he is ‘longing to hold [her] close again.’ He further wrote: ‘Your face, your smile, your laugh, your touch, the way you love, your hard work, your heart, your care for me, your skill,’ and on and on and on. He called her ‘beautiful in heart and in body.’ She responded later: ‘I love you and kiss you everywhere xxxxxx.’ She said to him she was going to work out ‘to be fit and firm when I see you next month =).’ This woman received significant financial support from TOH [Editor’s note: RZIM slush fund].”

Margie answers a few more objections, explaining that the reason his phones had so many pictures on them was that they were sent to him unsolicited by fans and admirers – that this comes with the territory, but he would never send them or ask for them. She does not explain why he threatened to kill himself if one of these innocent relationships with an admirer was made public, such as with Lori Anne Thompson.

So there are pictures. The investigator never told us their origin, whether he researched them or they were sent to him. Is he responsible for what is sent to him? If he is, then so is everyone else. 

She concludes:

There is absolutely no way that Ravi is guilty as charged, convicted, canceled and executed, some even going so far as to claim that he never knew the Lord. I knew him, inside and out. I trust him & believe in him no less than I did on May 18th last year when he called me to him and kissed me as long as he had the strength, his last physical act in his life. It is not because I am in denial. It is because I knew him and because there is absolutely no evidence to support anything contrary. 

I have written this because I feel it is important that you, his family, know what I know, know what I have found and not found, so that you may have confidence to continue to love and respect the man you knew, and that you may know that he was the man you knew

With much love, and confidence in Ravi and in the God he knew and loved and served,

Margie

In response to news that the letter had circulated, one of Ravi’s victims, Lori Ann Thompson who at this point has been completely vindicated, wrote on social media.

Even now, Margie keeps Thompson bound by an NDA stemming from her 2017. Given her state of mind and denial, she likely has no intention of ever letting Thompson out of it.

We continue to pray for the victim, and that Ravi’s family come to the knowledge of the truth, rather than concealing it and railing against it.


Good am, Family. I love you all. 

I wanted you all to know that I have spent the last week going through every paper and article in Ravi’s desk, closet and drawers. I moved last Monday as RZIM told me I had 90 days to vacate our home, which had been promised to me specifically in the case that Ravi died for as long as I wanted it. Before I left the house I wanted to be certain that nothing was left of Ravi that anyone could take and twist and create a story to use against him. Included in this were the suitcases from his last international trip last Jan, which have stood unemptied in our closet for the past year. Seeing his shoes in it really undid me. I went through every scrap of paper, all his financial documents, letters, cards he had kept etc. In short, everything he valued and needed in life. 

Ravi was not very organized. His filing system was to designate a drawer (kind of) and throw everything into it. He threw nothing out, and I mean nothing. I found receipts dating back into the 1980’s, including receipts for every restaurant he ever ate in, I think. I lost track of the garbage bags and the hours spent shredding financial & personal documents, as well as confidential & personal documents relating to RZIM.

I found dozens of cards he had kept from the kids & me. I found family pictures, mostly of the kids & me but also some from your growing up days in India. He had a picture of me with my father on my 16th birthday, another of when I graduated from high school. I found notes I had written to him. I found an anniversary gift for me for last year when we were in Houston and a birthday gift for me for last year when he was in heaven. I found cards he had bought to give me but never had the chance.

I found multiple denominations of money in multiple currencies in multiple boxes. I always wondered that he always had cash in the appropriate currency upon arrival in any country I went with him and never had to visit the exchange booths in any airport to pay porters and cab drivers.

I found drawers and drawers of medications he took for the medical issues he was dealing with, including in no particular order sleep aids, metamucil, pain medications, metamucil, energy boosters, metamucil, prostate medications, metamucil, hair growth tonics. 

I found boxes of pens and watches never worn as they were good watches, usually given to him, and he was afraid they would create the wrong impression of him. 

I found the bag of crosses he gave to every therapist who helped him and which have been used against him, called expensive gifts used to bribe or “groom”…I’m not even sure what that is. I guess normal, civil discourse is grooming because you want to make a good impression on someone. The bag has clearly marked on it who gave them to him (he did not buy them), a friend who is a jeweler. He gave one to me, to Naomi & Sarah & Sarah Kay, to Elizabeth & Barb one Christmas & described how he used them to open a conversation about the Lord with people he met along the way. He had literally dozens of them and gave them out liberally. They were not intended to convey a special or romantic interest. 

I am reminded of when Ravi spoke for Billy Graham at Amsterdam ‘86 on The Lostness of Man. Afterward, Billy told Ravi that he had never heard such a powerful sermon on the subject and asked if he could use it. Ravi was really flattered until someone, either Leighton Ford or Cliff Barrows, told him not to put too much stock in what Billy had said as he said that to everyone who spoke for him. 

These crosses were the same. They conveyed no special interest. He gave them to everyone. They were what he said they were, an opportunity for him to open the conversation to be about the Lord. 

I found a receipt book from which he issued a receipt for every massage he received at home, with the name of the therapist and a description of the treatment, signed by the therapist and by him. 

I found multiple cards from people, including some therapists, thanking him for the blessing he was to them, for his encouragement to them, for leading them into a deeper walk with the Lord or being instrumental in bringing them to the Lord. I found letters from people offering him all kinds of advice in boosting his energy levels, on staying healthy, on making his hair grow, on treating his back.

I would also like to tell you that both Naomi and I have had frequent text messages from the therapist that treated his back most often in recent years, affirming the love and respect for him and for us that she and her family still hold and telling us they continue to pray for us and are here for us. She and her family were present at the dedication of the RZIM building. 

All of this is to tell you what I did not find: no suspicious financial documents, no financial or real estate arrangements that I did not know about. No investments that I was not aware of. No suspicious letters or cards of a romantic nature from anyone but me. No suspicious expenditures. No products to treat conditions unknown to me. 

In short, I want you, his family, to know beyond a shadow of doubt that I found not one suspicious receipt, letter, card, expenditure…absolutely nothing to support the claims being made or the charges against him.

As I said, he was not an organized person, except in his logical, philosophical & theological thought processes. He had no filing system. He was not complex. He was not duplicitous, he was not an actor. As you recall, he wasn’t hired for the role in that Christian movie as a teenager b/c he cldnt act. I cldnt even tell him about a surprise I was planning as, like an excited child, he couldn’t keep it secret. I could always tell if there was more to a story b/c his nose would do something funny. Like Jack Delany, a friend here, who wasn’t supposed to eat chocolate: his wife could always tell if he had had chocolate as his nose would get red.

He could never have kept a secret like they are alleging (alleging, I say, as there is not one whit of evidence to support what they are saying). At the very least, with all the medication he was on at the end and his hallucinations something would have come out if something were there. 

When Ravi learned his cancer had metastasized he said he was ready to meet the Lord. He had no regrets, he said, except that he would have to leave us behind. He had no fear of dying, of meeting the Lord. His conversations at the end when he was seeing things we couldn’t and talking to people we couldn’t see were not filled with angst or fear or guilt. He was talking about strategy for sharing the Gospel with his unseen visitors. So much for Randy Alcorn and John MacArthur. 

He never uttered another woman’s name, even in his sleep. His first thoughts every morning were of the Lord, his first words, “Thank you, Lord.” His Bible is marked up and underlined, notes in the margins, interacting with what is written and applying it to himself. I found written in his Bible the following. It has no date. It has no author. But Ravi obviously resonated with it.

Lord, I renounce my desire for human praise,
For the approval of my peers,
The need for public appreciation;
I deliberately put them aside today,
Content to hear you whisper,
“Well done, my faithful servant.” Amen.

More than any other poem I ever heard him quote was this one by Amy Carmichael, Make Me Thy Fuel, Flame of God:

From prayer that asks that I may be
Sheltered from winds that beat on Thee,
From fearing when I should aspire,
From faltering when I should climb higher,
From silken self, O Captain, Free
Thy soldier who would follow Thee.

From subtle love of softening things,
From easy choices, weakenings,
(Not this are spirits fortified,
Not this way went the Crucified,)
From all that dims Thy Calvary,
O Lamb of God, deliver me.

Give me the Love that leads the way,
The faith that nothing can dismay,
The hope no disappointments tire,
The passion that will burn like fire,
Let me not sink to be a clod:
Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God.

He was not perfect. He was a man. As his wife of 48 years, I know this more than anyone else. But his failures were not in this area. He was spectacularly self-disciplined in his conduct, especially where it would reflect poorly on the Lord. He denied himself every single day in order to fulfill his calling and be pleasing to the Lord. He trusted me implicitly and I, him. He loved me completely, even the aspects of my personality that he found frustrating. He was fully committed first to his God, then to me and to his children, and finally to those who looked to him as an example.

Such a man could not be guilty of what is being alleged and there is no evidence at all to support those allegations, not in his personal effects, his financial records, his correspondence, his actions observed by all who knew him over 74 yrs. Even the so-called evidence in his emails is phrases, words taken out of context and never confirmed with those who knew him, who could give some context. Anyone of any celebrity status who gives his email to any who ask because he didn’t want to offend them by refusing, always cautioning them to “be careful what they did with it,” receives hundreds of pictures and selfies from fans & admirers, often inappropriate ones. That is pandemic in our society today. And everything you receive on your phone or computer is there for eternity, as we are constantly warned, and can always be “forensically retrieved.” So there are pictures. The investigator never told us their origin, whether he researched them or they were sent to him. Is he responsible  for what is sent to him? If he is, then so is everyone else. 

There is absolutely no way that Ravi is guilty as charged, convicted, canceled and executed, some even going so far as to claim that he never knew the Lord. I knew him, inside and out. I trust him & believe in him no less than I did on May 18th last year when he called me to him and kissed me as long as he had the strength, his last physical act in his life. It is not because I am in denial. It is because I knew him and because there is absolutely no evidence to support anything contrary. 

I have written this because I feel it is important that you, his family, know what I know, know what I have found and not found, so that you may have confidence to continue to love and respect the man you knew, and that you may know that he was the man you knew. 

With much love, and confidence in Ravi and in the God he knew and loved and served,

Margie



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20 thoughts on “Ravi Zacharias’ Wife Breaks Silence – Says all Accusations Are Bogus + Takes Shot at John MacArthur

  1. I have no problem with his wife standing by her husband. I am of course assuming she 100% believes in his innocence.

  2. So Mrs Zacharias should release Lori Ann Thomson from the wicked NDA, if there’s no truth in what she and many others have said.
    But she is afraid of what will come out: the truth.

    1. What sort of NDA is this when Lori has revealed what she has?
      The problem is that Ravi is not here to defend himself, and there has been no court trial in which the allegations could be rigorously tested. Allegations of this lind always sound convincing until they are made in a court, where sime of them fall apart.
      So we have an entire community kicking a man when he is dead/down, unable to defend himself.

      1. With all due respect, have you read all the documentation? Please take the time to do so. No one within the RZIM organization would take down their highly esteemed leader without an abundance of evidence. I was deeply saddened & sickened by what I learned.

  3. Is it safe to say that what we have here is a form of Stockholm Syndrome? It kind of reminds me how I used to try to lovingly warn my recently deceased aunt 15 or so years ago about the false teachers, like Joyce Meyer and Rod Parsley, whose Ministries she used to give money to.

    She simply would not hear of it and could not believe that people on “Christian” TV would actually be wolves as Jesus warned us about in scripture. Of course, her being a member of the United Methodist Church throughout her life probably explains a lot just like her being a member of the Eastern Star, the ladies organization within Freemasonry.

    My biggest problem with Zacharias was watching him fumble with a question years ago at a Ligonier conference regarding whether Roman Catholics are Christians.

    He couldn’t answer it honestly and went out of his way to be evasive because he, no doubt, relied on the financial support from the Roman Catholic community just like Hank Hannagraff did on his “Bible answerman show.” We saw how that turned out, didn’t we?

  4. A true Biblical conviction requires 2 or more witnesses. I’m not really seeing where that is the case in any of these accusations. A phone held in someone else’s custody which they assure you contains some damning evidence does not count as a witness.

    1. With all due respect, have you read all the documentation? Please take the time to do so. No one within the RZIM organization would take down their highly esteemed leader without an abundance of evidence. I was deeply saddened & sickened by what I learned.

  5. He never answered the questions put to him. It was all jumbo mumbo. His compromise with Romanism and Mormonism suggests his lack of biblical authenticity and jealousy for the true gospel. He lied for years about his degrees. He loved Applause. He told jokes during the serious business of declaring gospel truth. Before all this came to light I warned all who would listen that he was not what he pretended to be. Very sad and dishonoring to God.

  6. My question. Why would Ravi want to leave anything behind amongst his personal belongings that his wife could see that he indeed was guilty of all the stuff they say he was? It actually makes sense to destroy the papers and delete emails!
    Concerning the hallucinations he was having not revealing any affairs. My late first wife’s mother was raped before ever married.
    As a result my late wife had an older sister.
    Her mother never would reveal the identity of her oldest daughter’s father. Finally she got real bad with dementia.
    You would think in that frame of mind she would reveal the father’s name. As far as I know she never did!
    So it makes sense to me for Margie to have not found anything condemning Ravi amongst his stuff and yet he still be guilty.
    My question is this. When will they allow the NDA to be opened? The longer they wait the more guilt I am going to believe on Ravi!

  7. Let us believe what margie has reported.
    Why to make hue & cry. Since one year we are flooded with many report against Ravi zakaria. Some of the people enjoying such reports against evangelist. So why not give some opportunity to Sr. Margie to say something she wanted to say. God is watcher. Truth will prevail. Truth belongs to him only. Be patient.

  8. The US conference of catholic bishops has commissioned study in 2002 revealed that since 1950 some 17000 minors have reportedly being sexualy abused by 6000 Christian clergy.
    This mean that every Christian clergy has abused 28 to 29 child, this show how sick they are their faith is corrupted.
    Source: https://youtu.be/jW-S9Ddws4w

    Ravi Zakaria was a Christian preacher, who was spreading lies about Islam and god exposed and who was confirmed that he was a criminal and a sexual predator: https://youtu.be/q-kgz1DSHos

    Jimmy Sawggart was a televangelist preacher who also had a sexual misconduct https://youtu.be/FW4-XPtlHQU

    Jay smith is a missionary Christian who always lie about Islam and Muslims https://youtu.be/eEP_B7sxX6M

    And many many many others Christian preachers who abused children sexually

    https://youtu.be/qfgUu2pGsI8

    https://youtu.be/CP6XU_Hymbo

    https://youtu.be/KAAhtInk8Io

    https://youtu.be/7jiJtyaP-8w

    https://youtu.be/9qN7Pw_2Y5w

    No wander why Christian leave Christianity. Islam is the solution to all your problems. It’s logical and it’s peaceful. Please don’t believe on the lies spread by haters in the media and read about Islam from books by academics and read the Quran.

    Ravi’s speeches and books should be banned.

  9. I’m sure the “Christian” folks who believe he’s guilty will be shocked when someone accuses them and they are given no day in court or no chance to defend themselves. I’m sure you could make up things about anyone. I could say I received texts from so and so. Where’s the proof? It’s a shame to see believers jump on this bandwagon without hard evidence.

    1. Read all the documentation – every word from every source. The investigation was lengthy and probative. Initially, the RZIM Board of Directors disbelieved Mrs. Thompson and did so with great vehemence. Their apology to her is both tragic and profound.

  10. but if you don’t forgive others in their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Moses was a murderer, Davis an adulterer and a murderer, Abraham and adulterer. Perhaps we should remove them from the Bible?

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