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A Response to the Non-Response by Tear Fund’s Tollestrup

Posted by admin on August 1, 2012

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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  1. David August 2, 2012

    Tollestrup neglects to mention Christ in anyway on his personal profile, it speaks volumes.

    • Ngangdiya October 8, 2012

      “. . . You declare, my freind, that you do not hate the Jews, you are merely ‘anti-Zionist.’ And I say, let the truth ring forth from the high mountain tops, let it echo through the valleys of God’s green earth: When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews–this is God’s own truth.”Antisemitism, the hatred of the Jewish people, has been and remains a blot on the soul of mankind. In this we are in full agreement. So know also this: anti-Zionist is inherently antisemitic, and ever will be so.””Let my words echo in the depths of your soul: When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews–make no mistake about it.”- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  2. Waka August 2, 2012

    100% agree

    • Rosa October 8, 2012

      Bones, I can understand why the Jews are a bit susecpt of us Christian Zionists – there are centuries of history of “bad blood” between Christians and Jews. But you are soooo right about “treason from within”. Here is what Cicero had to say on the subject in 42 BCE – I sure cannot add much to it – – -“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banners openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their garments, and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared.”

  3. Konstantin October 8, 2012

    My friend, Yaakov, I’ll put off Messiah’s conmig for a little longer if it would get some of the other nations off of Israel’s back.Although I’m too poor to get to Israel, she is always front and center in my heart. But I still marvel at the stupidity of the nations. Get rid of Israel and the loss of brain power would be the same thing that caused Hitler’s Nazis to lose the war. They refused to use anything invented by a Jew. Chad, until recently, had so much Jew-hate that they refused to give their children protection from Polio because the discoverer was a Jew.I am using a computer that is running Windows 7; created in Israel. So was XP and Vista. After the ME (miserable edition), Microsoft decided to use the brain power in Israel to design a stable operating system.Iran is still stupidly thinking that they will wipe out ONLY Jews if they try to Nuke Israel. What about all of the Muslims, Christians, Druz, etc. who are in Israel. PLUS they would wipe out the “Palestinians.” Lets face it, Iran has no love for the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians; wiping them out would give them two hated enemies for the price of one.What does the future hold? Guess we’re just going to find out. In the meantime: Am Yisroel Chai!


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