Why have the RZIM programs, Just Thinking and Let My People Think, been temporarily removed from the Way Truth Life Radio lineup?
Way Truth Life Radio has enjoyed a very close relationship with RZIM for many years. We have aired their radio programs, Just Thinking, Let My People Think, and the one-minute feature Just a Thought. We have hosted Ravi Zacharias, Vince Vitale, and Abdu Murray at our Ezekiel Forum events. These programs have been some of our most popular.
During the early fall of 2020, we became aware of allegations of sexual misconduct made against RZIM Founder and namesake, Ravi Zacharias. The allegations seemed unbelievable at the time. Then, on December 23, 2020, we were deeply saddened and shocked to hear through an email to all RZIM radio partners from Kristen Henriques, RZIM US Media Director, that the allegations are true.
RZIM released a statement at the same time we received the email. We learned that the private investigation firm Miller & Martin, PLLC was hired to investigate the allegations. The RZIM statement in part reads: “. . . while the investigation remains ongoing and is not expected to be completed until January or February, yesterday we received a brief interim update on the investigation we felt we needed to share (attached). Sadly, the interim investigation update indicates this assessment of Ravi’s behavior to be true—that he did indeed engage in sexual misconduct.”
We reached out immediately to understand the steps that RZIM was taking to mitigate the damage that this news would have on their ministry. We were told that by January 4, 2021, the voice of Ravi Zacharias would no longer be heard on the programs. We felt that was a reasonable response and timeframe to address the issue. They did in fact have other members of their speaking team featured on the programs as promised.
However, during the month of January, there were many references to Ravi during the programs – not him speaking. But, they were pointing listeners to other resources using Ravi’s name and telling stories about him. We had numerous conversations with RZIM about our concerns. We thought the references to Ravi were finally gone but then showed up again multiple days in a row at the end of January and the beginning of February. We asked for written assurances that it would not happen again, or we would have to take the unfortunate step of removing the programs until they could guarantee his removal. They responded that they could not make that guarantee “so I’ll note your cancellation of the program.” Therefore, the last day that we aired the program was Monday, February 1, 2021.
We have maintained from the first day that we heard the allegations of sexual misconduct were true that references to Ravi Zacharias should be removed from the RZIM programs so not to offend our listeners. It is true that the man has been used of God to impact the world for Christ. He led a global ministry that currently has over 60 speakers, worldwide, ready “. . . to reach and challenge those who shape the ideas of a culture with the credibility of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Unfortunately, the ministry of RZIM was dealt a serious blow when the investigative team announced “. . . we have found significant, credible evidence that Mr. Zacharias engaged in sexual misconduct over the course of many years. Some of that misconduct is consistent with and corroborative of that which is reported in the news recently, and some of the conduct we have uncovered is more serious. Our investigation is ongoing, and we continue to pursue leads.”
Victims of this type of “misconduct” are too common in our world today. Some are listeners of Way Truth Life Radio. Unfortunately, the actions of Ravi Zacharias have tarnished his credibility in the eyes of many. Ample time was given for RZIM to cleanse their programs from references to Ravi Zacharias. It is not our intention to silence the great work that is still going on at RZIM. But, at the same time, we must recognize the hurt and betrayal that our listeners may feel by continuing to hear him promoted on the air. One cannot and should not erase all the good that this man has done. However, we believe that RZIM should have taken greater steps in protecting its listeners.
We at Way Truth Life Radio wholeheartedly support the mission of RZIM and desire to see its ministry continue long into the future to impact the world for Christ. We desire its programs to return to Way Truth Life Radio as soon as they have worked out the best way to move forward as a ministry without referring to the man Ravi Zacharias. None of us are perfect. We recognize that.
There are many ways for a person to find, listen to, or read the works of the many great apologists at RZIM if one chooses. Our hope is that we will be able to bring these programs back in a short amount of time.
It is ironic that Ravi Zacharias is often attributed to this quote. “Sin will take you further than you meant to go, keep you longer than you meant to stay, and cost you more than you ever meant to pay.” It is admirable that RZIM appears to be transparent in immediately disclosing information from the investigation. It will undoubtedly cost this ministry a tremendous amount. It is our understanding that they will be doing a rebranding to continue the ministry. Please pray along with us for the healing of those women involved, the Zacharias family, and the staff at RZIM as they seek to do what is right.
On February 11, 2021 we received word from RZIM that the Final Report by Miller & Martin, PLLC was complete. You can view the final report here. After reviewing the report, RZIM has decided to end their radio programs completely for the foreseeable future. Please continue to pray with us for Ravi Zacharias’ victims, the Zacharias family and the staff of RZIM.