About the Site
In mid 2013, an independent investigation into international evangelist Tony Anthony was completed. At the time, the Evangelical Alliance and Avanti Ministries published a joint statement which confirmed that
“based on the evidence submitted to it, that large sections of the book Taming the Tiger, and associated materials, which claim to tell the true story of Tony Anthony’s life, do not do so.”
In the months that followed, I completed, on behalf of my christian bookshop, The Hub Christian Resource Centre, my own investigation into the claims against Tony Anthony.
In the last few weeks, I have been contacted by numerous people, directing me towards websites which claim to prove that Tony Anthony is innocent of the claim against him, defending the accuracy of his story. The most significant of these is forthesakeofthegospel.co.uk a comprehensive website produced by Mr. Ian Bruce. It is significant, in that Tony Anthony links to this site from his homepage’s questions and answers section, effectively making this his official response.
I was contacted by Mr. John Lawson of Escape Ministries, who advised me that this website proved Mr. Anthony’s innocence, and encouraged me to retract my statements against him, Based on the description of the site I agreed to fully reviewing this information from beginning to end, and committed to offering a full retraction of my previous comments against Tony Anthony if any of the evidence presented there was found to exonerate Tony Anthony.
This site is our response to the claims currently being made about Tony Anthony’s innocence.
About the Author
Unlike some of Tony Anthony’s defenders, I believe in full accountability. I encourage you to contact me if there is anything incorrect or inaccurate posted here.
My name is Luke Hughes-Bunger. I am a director at The Hub Christian Resource Centre in Walsall. I am a husband and father, in addition to being an active member of the local church in my area. I am also a member of the board of reference for The Good Bookstall, though any comments I make here are completely independent from The Good Bookstall, and do not necessarily represent their opinions or conclusions. They do, however, represent the opinions, finding and conclusions of my shop, The Hub Christian Resource Centre Ltd. and some of the information presented here has been found in the course of my shops business.
I am not a member of The Research Group, and was not involved in any investigation into Tony Anthony at all prior to the EA and Avanti joint statement. I had previously heard briefly of the claims against Tony Anthony via friends in the Kung Fu community in the late 2000’s or early 2010’s, but had dismissed these at the time, and even actively recommended Tony Anthony’s books, Taming the Tiger and Cry of the Tiger to local schools and for use in prison evangelism, amongst other things.
My involvement in this, therefore, largely stems from that fact. As a bookseller, who had actively recommended this book, and by proxy, Tony Anthony to local churches, schools and ministries, I, like many, was disappointed that no specific answers were offered by Tony Anthony or Avanti Ministries to help us deal with the fallout, and I was therefore forced to uncover the truth myself, before approaching my customers to apologize for selling them a book containing fabrications as truth.
Once I had seen the wealth of evidence against him, and given the lack of evidence to the contrary from Tony Anthony, this lead me to the seemingly obvious conclusion that Tony Anthony’s testimony was as claimed, essentially false. However, I had always claimed that their may be evidence which exonerates him, and always left the door open for Tony Anthony or his supporters to provide it.
Therefore, I was excited by the possibility that forthesakeofthegospel.co.uk may provide such evidence, and approached it with as open a mind as possible, while acknowledging that the burden of proof was on Tony Anthony, given the strength of the evidence already presented by the other side.
This site is my point-by-point response to the information and evidence presented in support of Tony Anthony by Mr. Ian Bruce, and linked to by Tony Anthony himself.
If you have any comments, queries, corrections or concerns about the information presented here, please do not hesitate to contact me.
You may contact me by email, by telephone on 0844 500 99 75 or in writing to:
C/O The Hub Christian Resource Centre
31-31a Stafford Street