Mark 4:22 For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.
I have been following the controversy around Egun Caner’s false testimony for a couple months now. There have been hundreds of pages of evidence posted all over the internet. Here is a brief intro from Wade Burleson’s blog called Grace and Truth to You:
Dr. Ergun Mehmet Caner, President of Liberty Seminary in Lynchburgh, Virginia has been caught in a web of deception of his own making. Dr. Caner has publicly stated that he came to the United States at age fifteen having been trained to be a jihadist. In reality, Caner came to Ohio at age four and lived a comfortable, American life. Dr. Caner has also publicly stated that his first language was Arabic and he was trained in a madrassa in Turkey. Several International Mission Board missionaries who speak fluent Arabic have emailed me, horrified at what they have heard Dr. Caner try to pass off as his native Arabic during his audio and video sermons at SBC churches. They confirm what others have been saying–he is speaking complete gibberish. The myth Dr. Caner has created about himself seems now to be unraveling. He never came to America “via Beirut and Cairo.” He has never been trained as a fundamentalist Muslim. He has never had been a jihadist. He has never debated top Muslim scholars, in Nebraska or anywhere else. It is impossible for any of us to understand why someone would fabricate or embellish his past, but there’s a great deal of money to be made selling books and DVD’s about Islam in post 9/11. Whose a better expert on the subject than a radical jihadist who has converted to faith in Jesus Christ, right?
Caner fabricated his history as a member of the “Islamic Youth Jihad” immediately after the events of 9/11. A good review of this evidence is found on the FBC Jax Watchdog blog which has an audio recording of Caner’s presentation to the FBC Jax on Nov 20, 2001 in which Caner claimed to have come to America when he was 15 years old, “trained to do that which was done on September 11.” Listening to his lies is truly revolting. He even tried to put on a fake Middle-Eastern accent at first, but it quickly faded as he fell back into the cadence of his typical Midwestern accent.
I have confirmed the statements by Wade Burlseon and many others by examining the evidence found in Caner’s many video and audio recordings still available on the net. I have been saving them to my computer because there is a concerted effort by many “Christians” to cover up the scandal by deleting the evidence. When Caner was first confronted by the evidence, he removed his bio from his website for over a month, and then put up a bio that omits any details that have been exposed as false. What PRESIDENT of a THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY deletes his own bio? I can not think of a more direct admission of guilt. But it get’s worse! Liberty University is in collusion with Caner and they also deleted his bio from their site for a while, and now have replaced it with the false statements conveniently removed as if they were never there. This means that Liberty University has full knowledge of Caner’s lies, and have chosen to deceive everyone! Furthermore, John Ankerberg, who was instrumental in propagating Caner’s lies, has edited at least one video file to hide evidence, and also demanded that the excerpts of those videos that critics posted on YouTube under the “fair use” clause be removed for “copyright violation.” Thus we see how a “little leaven leavens the whole lump.” Major Christian leaders have chosen to actively deceive their audience to protect themselves from the revelation of truth.
But there is much more to this story. Caner shot to national fame with the post-9/11 opportunistic book “Unveiling Islam: An Insiders Look of Muslim Life and Belief” coauthored with is brother Emir, who also is complicit in the deceptions (at least passively since he has not corrected his brothers many lies). I have only just begun to read this book, but if my initial impression is correct, the subtitle should have read “An Outsider’s Caricature of Islam based on Ignorant Stereotypes.”
It is for these reasons, and many more, that Ergun Caner is now seen by some as The Mike Warnke of this Generation.