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Elim Church 'pauses' support for disgraced evangelist

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New Zealand News | Monday October 21 2013 16:53

Elim Church 'pauses' support for disgraced evangelist

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The Elim Church in New Zealand says they have pushed 'pause' on their support for disgraced British evangelist Tony Anthony.

A member of the church has invited Mr Anthony to speak in New Zealand, though she has done that as a private individual.

Mr Anthony's autobiography has been dismissed as 99 per cent fiction by Britain's Evangelical Alliance.

Elim National leader Mike Griffith told Radio Rhema that they want to make their own investigations before they go any further.

"We don't want to preempt anything until we really do find out what the story is.

"And so we've made our comments and our perspective clear with our team and with our pastors, and we just have to trust that God's in this as well."

Mike Griffith says they have recommended their member churches steer clear of the matter until they have more details.

Meanwhile, a Kiwi evangelist says there are basic expectations of a church leader which Tony Anthony has failed to meet.

Britain's Evangelical Alliance and the New Zealand Christian Network are both warning that Mr Anthony's best-selling autobiography is mostly fiction.

Mr Anthony admits on his website that his book is not 'historically accurate'.

New Zealand evangelist Julian Batchelor says God doesn't expect us to be perfect - but He does expect us to be honest.

Mr Batchelor says he is saddened if people who became Christians as a result of Mr Anthony's writing and speaking now doubt their faith.

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