World-renowned Christian apologist and author Ravi Zacharias passed away from cancer on Tuesday at the age of 74, according to Breitbart.
Later that day, Vice President Mike Pence issued a statement on Twitter paying tribute to Zacharias, who Pence said “impacted millions around the world” with his “ministry for the gospel of Jesus Christ,” as Breitbart reported.
Pence looks back
Writing in a Tuesday tweet, Pence said he was “deeply saddened” to learn of the death of the Christian apologist, “a man of faith who could ‘rightly handle the word of truth’ like few others in our time,” as Pence described him, according to Breitbart.
The vice president also called Zacharias a “friend” who “will be missed.”
“Karen [and] I send our deepest sympathies to his family and know he heard ‘Well done good and faithful servant,'” Pence said of himself and the second lady, as Breitbart reported.
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
According to an obituary from Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), Zacharias was born in India in 1946 and dedicated his life to Christ and the gospel at the age of 17.
He went on to become a world-famous preacher and author who traveled the world to spread the word of God and answer the questions posed by skeptics. He eventually founded RZIM, which has expanded upon and carried out his work.
Whether it was in prisoner of war camps in Vietnam or among death row inmates in a Lousiana prison — or addressing the United Nations or appearing at events with renowned Evangelist Billy Graham — Zacharias was unafraid to share his message with whoever would listen, his obituary suggests.
Author and minister
When Zacharias wasn’t traveling the world to spread the gospel or encouraging missionaries carrying out that same task in dangerous and unfriendly places, he was writing books that addressed many of the fundamental questions of the Christian faith from an intellectual point of view.
Sadly, Zacharias’ run here on Earth came to an end this week after what Breitbart described as “a brief battle with sarcoma.”
He leaves behind his wife Margie, daughters Sarah and Naomi, son Nathan, and five grandchildren, according to RZIM.