Apologist Max Baker-Hytch urges Ravi Zacharias International Ministries to repent and address failures for mishandling Ravi Zacharias scandals

An apologist with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries is calling for repentance and “reparations” in response to how accusations of misconduct and other scandals were handled.

In a five-page letter addressed to RZIM leadership, Max Baker-Hytch, a senior tutor with the ministry’s Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and a lecturer at Wycliffe Hall in England, wrote that he was troubled by how the organization responded to the misrepresentation of the deceased apologist’s academic credentials and sexting allegations involving Lori Anne Thompson, a Canadian woman, both of which were first reported in 2017. The letter also mentioned more recent allegations that Zacharias had sexually harassed several massage therapists at day spas that he co-owned.

The letter was sent last week and an anonymous RZIM employee leaked the letter to independent investigative journalist Julie Roys, who noted Saturday that Baker-Hytch confirmed that the letter was indeed authentic though he declined to discuss the matter further on the record.

Baker-Hytch asked RZIM to make “meaningful reparations” to the alleged victims and radically change the culture of the ministry.

Regarding the credential misrepresentation, he said the ministry had exhibited “slowness and reluctance to set the public record straight, which finally happened only after a great amount of external pressure was brought to bear on the issue.”

Even when the ministry issued a public statement it did not take enough responsibility for the errors, Baker-Hytch said, adding that it was embarrassing to him, as an academic. The late apologist never earned a doctoral degree though he was conferred several honorary doctorates and some members of the RZIM staff possess doctorates.

Regarding Zacharias’ interactions with Thompson, Baker-Hytch said the ministry withheld information and that “shifting narratives” about what happened pervaded the handling of the matter, noting that leadership asserted that Thompson and her husband were attempting to extort money from the ministry.

Additionally, he continued, a December 2017 update to staff from the RZIM president claimed that no money had been exchanged between Zacharias and the Thompsons when, in truth, Zacharias had paid the couple $250,000 as part of a settlement in a lawsuit against the Canadian couple a few months earlier.

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Source: Christian Post