Lori Anne Thompson’s full victim impact statement video: Click here
This is not a video I’m looking forward to. But this is why I’m doing it:
- 1) Ravi’s victims need vindication. In particular, Lori Anne Thompson has been continually maligned and horribly treated because she brought TRUE accusations against Ravi. I believed the worst about her because of the comments from Ravi and the echoes of those comments from RZIM. This only made her a continual victim. We need to clear her name.
- 2) Ravi’s sins have left a lot of open wounds that need tending. Both in the body of Christ and in RZIM. Believers need to be reminded of how to process all of this as followers of Christ, of how true Christ remains regardless of this tragedy and how to handle this situation so that we don’t wrongly treat RZIM staff, Ravi’s family, or continue to make the error of ignoring red flags that may still lead to more discoveries. I’ve seen every kind of wrong response online already. I pray to God that I would have wisdom to help us all to have wisdom here. If you are reading this before I go live, then please stop and pray for me as I prepare for this video.
- 3) Scripture commands us to openly deal with a leader who persists in sin, which is proven by evidence, by telling the local body so that other leaders can properly fear their own falling (1 Tim 5:19-20). Since Ravi was a leader in worldwide Christianity with personal character endorsements from countless other leaders, this command can only be fulfilled by taking the truth as public as his endorsements were.
- 4) If we as the body of Christ do not deal with this issue openly, then I feel that we implicate ourselves in some sort of complicity at this point. The witness of Christ in the world has been harmed by Ravi’s sin and we do need to publicly deal with it. Due to my own place in ministry as a public figure, I do feel compelled to speak on this. Like many of you, I am angry and I’m sad. But we can’t respond with conspiracy theories that deny the overwhelming evidence of persistent sin, abuse of power, abuse of ministry funds, abuse of women, and how calculated and deliberate it all was. The facts are in. All that is left is to face them and try to respond in ways that honor Christ.
To Ravi’s family, I’m really sorry I am making a video about your father/husband/relative. It breaks my heart and I hate the idea of adding hurt to what you are going through. Please know that I don’t mean you harm and I’m not on the bandwagon of heartless crowds. I am compelled that this must be done and I pray that you will find, in some way, some help in it as well.
The PDF of the full Miller & Martin investigative report on Ravi: Click here
The board of RZIM’s most recent statement (as of 2/15/2020): Click here
The timeline according to Brad and Lori: Click here
Christianity Today Spa Article: Click here
World Magazine Spa Article: Click here
Open Letter from Thompsons: Click here
10-13-2020 My teaching explaining that all sin is NOT the same: Click here