Many have questioned why we have invested this much time, effort and energy into this project. Indeed, at times, even I have had to ask if it is worth it. But as a Christian, I believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is truth.
Many have rightly quoted Philippians 1:15-18, to demonstrate that we should rejoice in the souls saved as a result of Mr. Anthony’s testimony. But the bible is also clear that we should always be ready to defend the truth of the gospel (1 Peter 3:13-17). The bible is clear that, when the gospel is at stake, we are to defend ourselves, and the truth of our words and deeds.
- In Acts 7, Stephen was being persecuted for speaking the truth, instead of remaining silent, he fully defended himself. In Acts 6:13, false witnesses were produced to accuse Stephen, and Acts 7, his response, is one of the most powerful and strongly worded answers recorded in scripture.
- On several occasions, Jesus himself specifically defended himself against false accusations. He specifically rebuked those who falsely accused him of lying about his testimony (John 18:12-18). He defended himself when he was accused of casing out demons by the power of the devil (Matthew 12:24).
- In John 9 we read of how the blind man healed by Jesus was accused of lying about his history, lying about if he was really blind. He does not sit idly by and refuse to answer, he protests and offers the evidence.
- In Acts 11, we see Peter defend himself and his mission against fellow Christians with differing beliefs, knowing that their criticism of him was hurting his Gospel mission.
- In 2 Corinthians 10, we read of Paul’s passionate defence of himself and his ministry, because of the harm the accusations against him were doing to his gospel mission.
Put simply, there is much biblical evidence which makes it clear that, if the accusations against us hurt the Gospel mission of Jesus Christ, we must defend the truth of the gospel, even if it increases our own personal persecution.
Make no mistake, if Mr. Anthony is telling the truth, then the Gospel mission of Jesus Christ has been hurt by any false accusations against him and his ministry.
However, the Bible also tells us that:
- We should be watchful mindful against the schemes of the devil, to destroy the flock (1 Peter 5:8).
- Beware of falsehood which infects the Gospel, and to test everything against God’s word (1 John 4:1, Acts 17:11).
- That God is truth, and we should not tether lies to his truth (Proverbs 30:5-6).
Therefore, if Mr. Anthony’s story is not true, make no mistake, it is doing harm to the Gospel message as well. If it is untrue, then we are called to continue to defend the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ against Mr. Anthony, and others, who would seek to infect it against lies.
In either case, the Gospel is being affected, and someone must defend it. Either Mr. Anthony must present the evidence which demonstrates that his story is true, and defend his Gospel ministry, or we must continue to stand up for the truth of the Gospel and defend it against his lies.
Tony Anthony has linked to forthesakeofthegospel.co.uk as his official response to the claims against him.
This site exists to examine those claims, and confirm if Mr. Anthony has been wrongly accused and persecuted, or if he is one whom we as Christians must continue to warn the flock against.