The Ipecac is Prepared
Syrup of Ipecac is an emetic (an agent used to cause vomiting) made from the dried root of a plant called ipecacuanha, which is grown in Brazil. (source)
In my recent article Ergun Caner’s Crimes against God and the Global Community I presented evidence that Caner is a decade-spanning serial liar, a corrupt moral influence spewing racial slurs and sexist stereotypes, and an utterly incompetent Professor of Religion who babbles gibberish at his students under the pretext of speaking Arabic (or Turkish, or whatever). This is Ergun Caner, the President and Dean of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, appointed by the founder of Liberty University, the icon of weaponized politico-Christian fundamentalism, Jerry Falwell himself.
Immediately after the 9/11 attacks, Ergun Caner opportunistically launched his career as an “insider expert on Muslim life and beliefs” by fraudulently claiming to be a formerly devout anti-American militant Muslim who was, until age 15, a member of the “Islamic Youth Jihad” in Turkey. The truth is that he grew up as a typical Midwestern American kid in Ohio and converted to Christianity as a young teenager before he could have acquired any meaningful “expertise” in Islam. He has no academic degrees relating to the field of Islamic Studies. He has written no peer-reviewed articles demonstrating competence in that field and has taken no classes under its acknowledged experts. And beyond all this, he has repeatedly demonstrated incompetence in the most elementary things of Islam. Authentic Muslims, and even non-Muslims with rudimentary knowledge of Islam (like myself) immediately recognize him as a fraud. And this fraud has been misinforming hundreds of thousands of evangelical Christians and politicians about the nature of the “Islamic threat” and how to deal with it. He poses, therefore, a real danger to the security and peace of the global community.
The Ipecac has its Intended Effect
Ergun Caner’s decade of deception, supported by months of cover-ups by Liberty University along with the backup choir of countless denials, diversions, and deceptions by “Christian” pastors, apologists, and laypeople distilled itself into an exceedingly potent dose of ipecac that caused me to vomit out last remnants of sectarian, exclusivist, polemical, political, fundamentalist Christianity from my soul. It was not, of course, their public display of coordinated corruption that caused my transformation, but it did play a central role by helping me take the final step to genuine spiritual freedom. There now is no ambiguity. My soul is whole, complete, and clean. I have nothing to do with these creatures of darkness. I have nothing to do with their lies or corruption. I have nothing to do with their false version of God and religion. I wrote a little about this transformation in my post Signs of Integrity Lost … and Integrity Found.
This is why I call it the “Ipecac of God.” The Bible says that God “works all things together for good” – and the effect of this ipecac is good for everyone – it brings people back to God by causing them to vomit out putrid lies. It is good for everyone, including Caner and his supporters who will find freedom only when they choose to repent and live lives transparently in the light of truth. Imagine what it must be like to be a public figure who needs to lie every day about something as simple as his childhood! Ergun needs freedom – he needs to take a dose of the ipecac God has prepared by distilling his life of lies into a dose so potent a single swallow is enough for anyone.
Why the Ipecac was Required
I needed to vomit because I had ingested poisonous lies masquerading as religious truth. I did not choose to “convert” to Christianity – I slowly “awoke” in 1992 to find that I believed in Christ after a long spiritual search and a few years of independently studying Scripture. But I had a strange anxiety – given that I had discovered, rather than chosen, faith in Christ I did not know what else I might “discover” and I feared that I might “become like Jerry Falwell” (my exact words) if I were not careful. And such is what began to happen over the next decade as I tried to “fit in” with other Christians. It was a subtle process that involved intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual forces. There is, of course, a strong social pressure to conform within Christianity since it is defined by conformation to a set of propositions. And internally, I felt a very intense sense of responsibility towards “God and Christianity” since I believed that he had given me the revelation of the Bible Wheel. I mistakenly thought the Bible Wheel validated traditional, conservative, fundamentalist Christian beliefs, and this led me to accept things that otherwise would have been repugnant to my soul. Furthermore, I was driven to look for fellowship from the conservative crowd because they were the only folks who would even consider the validity of the Bible Wheel – folks aligned with liberal Christianity dismissed it out of hand without a thought. Their irrational rejection really hurt my feelings and convinced me all the more that they simply hated God and his Word. So I was pushed away from the liberals and pulled in by the fundamentalists, and it was not long before I began to slide down that slippery slope into the cult of polemical fundamentalist exclusivist political Christianity such as that espoused by Jerry Falwell. It was the final remnants of these poisonous ideas that the ipecac helped me to spew out.
The Nuclear Weaponized Ipecac of God
During the last few decades, the corruption of fundamentalist political Christianity has come ever closer to achieving critical mass. There has been a constant, though random, emission of Truth as one corrupt leader after another is exposed. But as yet, the lies had not been sufficiently compacted and compressed together to cause a self-sustaining chain reaction in which each newly exposed lie reacts with others in an exponential revelation of Truth. Critical mass has now been achieved, and Ergun Caner has triggered a self-sustaining chain reaction of one lie exposing ten others. Every deception calls forth ten more in its vain attempt to hide the truth, and now all the liars are exposed in a blazing fireball of revelation. This is “the light of a thousand suns” as the God of Truth openly declares unto those who lie in His Name: “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”
Critical mass was achieved because Caner, the President of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, chose to cover up his decade of deception. If he had chosen the Christian path of repentance, the chain reaction would have stopped right there. But no – Liberty University reacted to Caner’s lies with new lies of their own when they tried to protect him by doctoring his bio and again when they exonerated him, claiming to have held an “inquiry” that they later said “was not an inquiry or anything like that.” This scandal touches everyone associated with Liberty University and Ergun Caner, such as his brother Emir Caner, President of the Christian Truett-McConnell College, who is utterly complicit in Ergun’s crimes if for no other reason than his decade of silence concerning his brother’s lies. It is ironic that the motto on his site is “Truth is Immortal.” He is in process of receiving an object lesson on that fact. And the chain of lies was amplified again through prominent apologist John Ankerberg who has co-authored anti-Islamic books with Emir Caner. Ankerberg interviewed the Caner brothers on a number of his shows, and when Muslims posted an analysis of those interviews showing Caner’s errors, Ankerberg first edited out one the errors, and then filed phony “copyright infringement” complaints to YouTube. Liberty University likewise filed phony charges and successfully shut down the YouTube channel that did nothing wrong but expose truth. Ankerberg then falsely asserted on his Facebook page that the Muslims had altered the videos when in fact he is the guilty party! And then just today famous apologist Norm Geisler has publicly declared that he “looked into the matter, talking with Ergun and other principal parties at Liberty” and is “convinced that the charges are libelous.” LIBELOUS!?!? The charges are based on court documents and Caner’s own recorded testimony given from the pulpit before thousands of people! And then there are emails like this from “Christians” attacking those who dare speak the truth concerning Ergun Caner:
Message: Listen jackass if you are going to quote my facebook entry USE MY NAME and quote me in context! I’m nobody with nothing to lose. I don;t have to worry about what the SBC thinks like the gracious Dr. Caner does. My South Philly upbringing and my righteous indignation coupled with my detest for frauds like you would not hinder me in the LEAST from showing up at your next public appearance and sticking a boot in your arse. You sicken me, you harm the body, and you offend the Spirit of the God you claim to serve but are wholly unfamiliar with, except on dusty pages of endless technical theology that you have likely not ONCE seen in real, God-breathed action. Your veil is thin, my arrogant reformer friend. You should sign all your writings “Mrs. Turpin”
I could go on and on … but there is no need. The corruption has reached critical mass and Ergun Caner has triggered a self-sustaining chain reaction of one lie exposing ten others. Every deception calls forth ten more in its vain attempt to hide the truth, and now all the liars are exposed in a blazing fireball of revelation. This is “the light of a thousand suns” as the God of Truth openly declares unto those who lie in His Name: “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”