About Tony Anthony
I will keep this brief.
The evidence against Tony Anthony is strong. The questions this evidence raises deserves real answers.
Mr. Anthony has not provided these.
I have given Mr. Anthony what we feel is a very fair offer. I agreed to retract all of our comments about him, repent of any sins towards him, and fully endorse him, his testimony, and his future ministry if he could provide just three pieces of documentary evidence which validate three key claims of his story. I agreed to do so under a non-disclosure agreement, which fully negated any potential fallout from this information being released into the public—Mr. Anthony’s primary claimed reason he has not done so. Mr. Anthony declined.
I see no other explanation for this than that the evidence simply doesn’t exist.
The only conclusion I can therefore draw at this time is that significant parts of Mr. Anthony’s pre-conversion testimony simply did not happen, and numerous facts about his post-conversion life have been embellished deliberately.
Indeed, as we have demonstrated, some of the evidence provided by Mr. Bruce actually harms Mr. Anthony’s credibility, and adds serious and significant additional problems to his presented narrative.
I accept that some of the evidence against Mr. Anthony is circumstantial. I fully accept that Mr. Anthony may be in a position to provide explanation and evidence to counter some of the claims against him. However, I also believe that given the sheer weight of the evidence against him, the burden of proof very much rests with Tony Anthony and his supporters.
Unfortunately, no such proof has been offered either at forthesakeofthegospel.co.uk or directly by Mr. Anthony. Therefore, I have no option but to conclude that all of the claims against him are accurate.
About His Supporters
Some have suggested that Mr. Anthony’s supporters, like Mr. Ian Bruce are shills, that they are aware of Mr. Anthony’s deception, and are facilitating these.
I do not believe this is the case. As we have seen, Mr. Anthony is an excellent actor. For the vast majority of his ministry career, he successfully convinced the vast majority of his audiences, including myself, that his claims are true. It is sad, but unsurprising, that he continues to be able to do so with some those who have invested so much in his ministry.
I believe that they are simply further victims of a professional liar.
I believe that they are Christian brothers and sisters, and I continue to uphold them in prayer. I do not believe that we need to break fellowship with these believers due simply to to their having been deceived. Sadly, the Bible makes clear that Christians can indeed fall for deception, if it were not so, the Bible would not spend so much time warning believers against it. Therefore, I continue to seek fellowship with those, like Mr. Bruce, and John Lawson of Escape Ministries, in spite of their being deceived by Mr. Anthony.
I pray for them, that God would grant them discernment, and allow them to see the truth about Mr. Anthony.
What Happens Next?
First and foremost, I encourage you to pray about this.
I would ask you to do with my claims as I am asking you to do with Mr. Anthony’s—test them, and the spirit behind them against the scriptures and against the facts.
If I have made any claim that is contrary to the scriptures, or is factually inaccurate, please disregard it, and more, tell me about it. I stand ready and willing to retract any statement which is either contrary to the scripture, or not backed up by evidence. Furthermore, I am more than ready to repent of any sinful motives which may have crept in and tainted this. If I am speaking out of line, with ungodly motives then please tell me.
I have no desire to unnecessarily cause pain to anyone, so if you believe that Mr. Anthony is innocent, please encourage him to provide me with the evidence I have requested, and know I stand fully ready to repent of any sin against him, and fully endorse him and his ministry if he does so.
I would also encourage you to pray for those who have been affected by this.
Sadly, there are several people known personally to me whose faith has been impacted by this, and undoubtedly untold numbers of others who are in a similar situation whom I do not know.
While we indeed rejoice that Mr. Anthony preached the gospel, even out of deceptive motives, and indeed, the Holy Spirit saw fit to save many there in spite of his lies, we lament that many who responded to Mr. Anthony’s story now find themselves in a place of deep questioning about the legitimacy of their conversion and the reality of Christ’s work in their life.
We would ask you to pray for any of those—known or unknown—whose faith has been impacted by these revelations, that the Spirit of God would confirm in their hearts the truth of God’s message, and love for them, the reliability of his saving works, and the dependability of the scriptures, in spite of the fact that these things are often revealed through broken and sinful people.
Next, if you think what I have done is helpful and accurate, please link to it wherever you see a defense of Tony Anthony, especially where that defense includes links to forthesakeofthegospel.co.uk.
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I will continue to investigate the claims, and any future evidence which may appear, and will post it here. Several other sites currently exist which claim to support Mr. Anthony, but none of them contain any more substantial arguments than Mr. Bruce’s. If this changes, we may consider addressing them directly.