Update – August 2015

IanAs author of forthesakeofthegospel.co.uk, I would like to say a few words regarding all that has been communicated on-line for and against Tony Anthony; his book and his ministry.

First of all, as I have said on my web-site, my sole reason for what I have presented is genuinely For The Sake Of the Gospel and it is the reason I have written this article.

Please do not think I am trying to defend Tony or to attack anyone with what I have to say here.

So much has been said for a long time now by everyone who has been involved with the above issue, and I am not going to mention any names, whether it be individuals or groups. Anyone who has been or is involved will already know.

My reason for writing, is out of concern for our testimony to the saving power of The Lord Jesus Christ. I say our testimony, because it includes all of us.

Everyone who has presented an opinion, has (in one form or another) expressed it as truth.

I would like us all to consider what is really happening. We, as professing Christians, are in danger of destroying the testimony of our Christian Community, by our constant public disagreements (to say the least).

Yes, it is right and proper to have our opinions, believing we are right, but there has to come the time when we need to take a step back and ask ourselves –“What  are we really achieving” in the Name Of Jesus (as we are all claiming)?

Now, I am not asking anyone to change their opinion, because all involved most certainly seem convinced of the truthfulness of it, but we all cannot be right.

There is, however, one thing in which surely we all agree, and that is: God alone knows The Whole Truth.

The following is my story which I have believed since 29th February 1960, and it is the reason I am who I am today.

Douglas Spence, a gentleman I knew, and who now is in Heaven, told me of a miracle which he experienced during World War ll.

He asked me if I believed in prayer, to which I said yes, although I was not in the habit of praying at the time.

He then told me of an incident in which he was involved as a tank driver. He said he was in convoy with two other tanks, when they all slipped into a ditch. During the following 30 minutes they were under attack, and the first and third tanks were destroyed. Yet during that time, while immobilised and under constant attack, the enemy did not manage to hit the vehicle Douglas had been driving. Although they had the range and had succeeded in hitting the first and third tanks, miraculously they could not hit the second.

When he shared this account with his mother, and told her the day and time it happened, she told Douglas she had been washing dishes at the very same time, and had a tremendous impression she had to stop what she was doing and pray for her son.

It was this testimony that brought me to repent of my sin and trust in Jesus as my Saviour.

Douglas told me he had prayed that God would give him the opportunity to share The Gospel with someone who would listen and believe. He then went on to say he wondered why he had escaped death, and told me he believed it was because God knew I would give my heart to Jesus in answer to his prayer.

Now, I am not going to try and prove this actually happened, but it is the reason for my salvation, and it is my testimony. Whether it happened or not, I Praise God for Douglas` story and the wonderful outcome for me.

As I`ve already said, only God knows the whole truth and that applies to all of us in our testimonies. It`s because of this, therefore, I am taking time to try and bring about reconciliation between us all. I long for our focus to be on preaching/sharing The Gospel, leaving the rest to God, to whom we all must one day give an account.

I am 74 years of age now. I want to finish well, and I am grieved when we “tear ourselves apart” with regards to our witness before those we say we are trying to reach with The Gospel.   I therefore want to make a proposal to all who are genuinely passionate about The Great Commission given to us by The Lord Jesus Christ.

I was the one who put up FTSOTG, and I know there are those of you who disagree with my position.  I accept this. However, at no time has there been any malice behind what I have said, or any other reason than previously stated.  Be that as it may, if I have offended or upset anyone in the process, I want to be clear that this has never been my intention.

I want nothing more than to see all of us working together and supporting each other in reaching those who haven’t heard The Good News of the Gospel of Jesus.

Please consider what I have said, so that we may present Jesus to our world in a gracious, united and loving way, leaving judgement to Jesus at His appointed time.

Thank you for taking time to read this,

Yours very sincerely,

Ian Bruce