Vice President Mike Pence and White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany paid tribute to Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias Tuesday, hours after it was announced he’d died of cancer at age 74.
Pence said in a post on Twitter that he and second lady Karen Pence were “[d]eeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ravi Zacharias, a Christian apologist whose ministry for the Gospel of Jesus Christ impacted millions around the world.”
“Ravi was a man of faith who could ‘rightly handle the word of truth’ like few others in our time & he was my friend,” Pence, an evangelical Christian, wrote.
“Upon the death of Abner, the Bible tells us David said ‘do you not know that a prince & a great man has fallen today?’ Ravi was such a man & he will be missed. Karen & I send our deepest sympathies to his family and know he heard ‘Well done good and faithful servant.’”
Upon the death of Abner, the Bible tells us David said “do you not know that a prince & a great man has fallen today?” Ravi was such a man & he will be missed. Karen & I send our deepest sympathies to his family and know he heard “Well done good and faithful servant.” pic.twitter.com/x8Bsor8OUv
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) May 19, 2020
Zacharias’ eldest daughter, Sarah Davis, first announced her father had passed in a message on Ravi Zacharias International Ministries’ website in a post titled, “Ravi Zacharias, Now With Jesus.”
“It was his Savior, Jesus Christ, that my dad always wanted most to talk about. Even in his final days, until he lacked the energy and breath to speak, he turned every conversation to Jesus and what the Lord had done,” she wrote.
“He perpetually marveled that God took a seventeen-year-old skeptic, defeated in hopelessness and unbelief, and called him into a life of glorious hope and belief in the truth of Scripture — a message he would carry across the globe for 48 years.”
McEnany, who was hired on April 7 as White House Press Secretary for President Donald Trump, cried as she spoke to CBN’s David Brody about the late Christian apologist.
“It’s a huge loss. My dad said to me that Billy Graham was the great evangelist, and I think Ravi Zacharias is the great apologist,” she said through tears. “Ravi’s someone that I never met. I know his team, and I knew some of those who are around him. For me, as a Christian, I always had the heart for Jesus Christ that I got at a very young age. I was saved when I was in my teens.”
McEnany attended Oxford University in England as part of a study abroad program at Georgetown University and noted Zacharias’ presence at Oxford, where the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics was first established in 2004.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Melissa Barnhart