Open Letter (and Update August 2015)

IanThe first time I met Tony Anthony, I was so enthused about his presentation to such a degree, I actually said to him: “I wish I had heard this years ago.”

He has made a tremendous impact on me in encouraging me to share the Gospel simply, in a way I never thought possible, and for this I truly thank God.

In this man, I find nothing but the evidence of a radically changed life, an example of what the Apostle Paul said to the church at Corinth:

“…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new” 2 Cor. 5:17.

Having said that, in response to accusations made against him, consider what Paul, in Philip. 1:15-18 says:

“… Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from good-will: The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defence of the gospel. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretence or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.”

Regardless of the accusations, no one can deny that Tony Anthony preaches Christ, and in this I rejoice, as did the apostle Paul v 18.

When God changes a life, He does just that – He Changes It. And what I see in Tony Anthony is what I would expect to see in a life that has been radically changed. As Jesus said: “…a tree is known by its` fruit” Matt 12:33.

The Bible says: “…what credit is it if, you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently. But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow in His steps……who when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.” 1 Pet. 2:20-23.

Jesus also said: “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in Heaven….” Matt. 5:11-12.

Jesus was accused;
Paul was accused;
The Apostles were accused;

Why?

Because the Devil is the accuser of the brethren. Rev. 12:10. and most, if not all, were put to death.

And in modern times: Billy Graham has been accused.

The Bible clearly states that all those who desire to live Godly lives in Christ will (not if) suffer persecution. 2 Tim. 3:12. and Jesus said to His disciples:

“It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household!” Matt. 10:25.

But it is how one responds to accusations, that will reveal what is in the heart, and loving ones` accusers is what Jesus did, and expects of a true follower of Him, even to the extent of loving ones` enemies:

“…I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your father in heaven….” Matt. 5:44-45.

And that is what I find in Tony Anthony – not grudges or desire for “revenge”, he just wants to preach the Gospel and encourage others to do so too.

He certainly is doing it for me. May God bless this young man.

I would rather err on the side of mercy than on judgement. Remember, Jesus was the only one who qualified, when He said:

“…He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first”. Jn. 8:7. But what did He do? He chose mercy!

Let God be the judge of Tony Anthony, and rejoice that the Gospel is being proclaimed, and Jesus exalted. For that is just what this man is doing (without question), and what is wrong with that?

Again: “…in every way, whether in pretence or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.” says Paul (Philip. 1:18).

From what has been said about him, compared to my knowledge and experience of him and the ‘fruit’ I have seen in his life – his firm witness, integrity, humility and passion for Christ – I would trust Tony Anthony with my life.

God bless you Tony, and may many continue to have the privilege I have had in hearing your wonderful passionate way of exalting the dear Lord Jesus.

I praise God and thank Him for the day I first met and heard Tony Anthony.

Go and hear him for yourself.

He is no charlatan.

He is a new creation in Christ, (2 Cor. 5:17) and, as I have said:

I’d trust him with my life.

End Note:

In this privately conducted investigation, I had the privilege of speaking to Michael Wright face to face.  He knew Tony prior to his becoming a Christian.  I have seen photographic and much written matter evidencing a very different Tony Anthony compared to the man I know today. His life experiences differ greatly from those of most people and have led some to saying they are not true. In my 73 years of life experience I have witnessed many remarkable and almost unbelievable events – and yet these events took place – I witnessed them.  From the man I know and the information I have seen, I have no difficulty in believing  his testimony.  Tony’s conduct (both spoken and unspoken) are consistent with an authentic Christian believer.

Ian Bruce November 2013 (updated March 2014)

Update August 2015