A Response to the Non-Response by Tear Fund’s Tollestrup
In June 2012, Challenge Weekly published Jacob Prasch’s invitation to Tear Fund’s Stephen Tollestrup to engage in a formal public debate.
Many of us expected we would see Tollestrup attempt to defend his position. Along with some of Tear Fund’s former and existing donors, we have been deeply disappointed by what we consider to be Tear Fund’s misrepresentation of the Arab-Israeli conflict. This, along with Tear Fund’s open commitment to replacement theology and historical revisionism, and what appears to be profoundly misguided political activism, led to Prasch’s debate challenge.
Of course, Tear Fund has not been NZ’s only ostensibly evangelical institution to push the anti-Zionist barrow. Laidlaw College and World Vision have also shown themselves willing to provide a platform for anti-Zionism and replacement theology. It was Tear Fund’s Tollestrup, however, who was invited to defend his position in a public debate.
Rather than accepting what appears to have been a reasonable offer, Tollestrup chose instead to lay a formal complaint with NZ’s Advertising Standards Authority.
Jacob Prasch, of Moriel Ministries, responds to Tollestrup’s non-response. Watch:
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