Anii trecuți l-am avut invitat în biserica noastră pe un pastor englez local, fost prieten, evanghelist și coleg de lucrare cu Tony. Un om deosebit cu care am mai vorbit la unele întâlniri ale London Baptist Association.
El s-a retras, s-a delimitat și a rupt legătura cu Tony Anthony atunci când au ieșit la iveală aspectele dubioase despre relatarea vieții acestuia.
În toată povestea asta, este clar însă un aspect. Cineva minte.
Ori minte el, Tony Anthony, fiul dracului, plin de mândrie și întuneric, prefacandu-se în înger de lumină ori se înșeală ei, pastorul de care menționam, Avanti, Evangelical Alliance, jurnaliști și creștini simpli ce au urmărit ei înșiși firul acestei povești, chiar mama sa. În cazul ăsta el este o victimă, fiind de apreciat pentru că, în ciuda tuturor, a rămas credincios Adevărului.
Mă mir însă de un lucru. El este invitat peste tot. Normal, este o celebritate. Cartea sa, Îmblânzirea tigrului, s-a vândut în peste un milion de exemplare. Cartea i-a fost retrasa de respectiva editură însă acum a publicat-o cu alta. Revizuită. În detalii mici. Alea mari, care au stat la baza investigațiilor sunt tot acolo, nealterate.
Este invitat si în România, de asemenea. Chiar anul ăsta a vorbit prin biserici, penitenciare. L-am auzit la radio. Vasile Tofan îl recomandă. Pe bloguri se promovează clipuri cu el și mărturia sa. Oare ei nu știu de această mică “problemă”?
Oricum, întocmai cum concluzionează și cei de la Premier, the saddest aspect of this case is that there can be no winners(cel mai trist aspect al acestui caz este că nu pot fi câștigători).
De ce? Pentru ca cineva minte!
The return of ‘Taming the Tiger’
Taming The Tiger’ was a publishing sensation – selling more than a million copies all over the world upon its release in 2004.
Controversial evangelist Tony Anthony has republished his supposed autobiography ‘Taming the Tiger’, despite claims that many parts of it has been made up.
The book, which tells the story of Tony Anthony’s conversion to Christianity, was originally published in 2004 by Authentic Media and sold over one million copies. But after an an independent panel set up by Avanti following discussions and nominations by the Evangelical Alliance concluded in 2013 that significant parts of the testimony were untrue, the book was pulled.
Mr Anthony’s account has now been republished under the same title by RoperPenberthy Publishing under the New Wine imprint.
Returning to the spotlight, two years after the ruling from the independent panel, he told Premier he “will not be silenced”, describing the investigation as a “ruthless attack”.
The evangelist continues to stand by his original testimony, claiming the past two years had been “really challenging” but that the number of invites for speaking engagements had increased.
He admitted the episode had left “a bad taste in the mouth” and said he wanted to protect his children from “the negative aspects of the press”.
“For me my primary concern is to honour the Lord and proclaim the gospel, not get caught up in crossfire,” he said, explaining he had “never stopped’ his ministry”, and carried on preaching the gospel.
He admitted he had not responded directly to the attacks, choosing instead to “follow Jesus’ example” of remaining silent before accusers.
Although the panel’s report was never published in full, they stated “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”.
Barrister and chair of the independent panel John Langlois, who has released his own lengthy report, said that contrary to Anthony’s testimony, the evangelist never went to China, was never involved in Kung Fu and never worked in close protection.
Speaking to Premier, Mr Langlois accused RoperPenberthy Publishing of being “third rate”, claiming they had not done enough to ensure Anthony’s testimony was true, before publishing.
“We went into it very deeply indeed [in 2013]…[Tony] cannot recognise Chinese characters and doesn’t know how to speak the Chinese language…Generally speaking the book itself is completely fictious with a few historical additions to it, but we thought even those facts were distorted.”
Mr Langlois reported Anthony’s mother had refused to give evidence to the panel and said she was “tired of his lies”.
Full article HERE