John 3:20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.
Though few things in this world can be proven with absolute certainty, we have no such problem with the nine year marathon of deception currently being run by Ergun Caner. The proof of his lies is overwhelming and incontrovertible. They have been proven with court documents and a multitude of video, audio, and written records of his own words.
Ergun Caner currently sits as President and Dean of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, founded by the late Jerry Falwell. When I discovered the evidence of Caner’s lies, I wondered how they would handle the scandal. The answer came quickly. Liberty University, in collusion with John Ankerberg (who has published books with Emir Caner), suppressed as much evidence as possible by filing phony “copyright infringement” charges against videos of Caner’s deception that had been uploaded to YouTube. About the same time, Liberty’s Board of Directors publicly declared Caner innocent of any theological, ethical, or moral wrong doing (reported in Christianity Today). And there is a supporting chorus of pastors and laypeople associated with the Southern Baptist Convention (which also is linked with Liberty University) who have done everything in their power to twist, pervert, deny, and suppress the truth in a blasphemous orgy of unrighteousness. The lost souls in the SBC are fulfilling the timeless prophecy of Scripture right before our eyes:
Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, … And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
The deleterious effects of a “debased mind” are in full display over on the SBCToday website. The link takes you to their page containing a podcast which addressed only the most inconsequential and insignificant aspects of the controversy. The care with which they avoided the real issue supported by hard evidence testifies to their knowledge of its authenticity. What’s worse, the comment thread shows how they refuse to admit any truth no matter how plainly it is stated. It made me want to SHOUT but I knew that wouldn’t help because it is not their physical ears that are deaf, but their carnal souls cut off from truth. I tried every method in my rhetorical arsenal. I began with this post:
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ,
I am stunned. I have followed this controversy for over two months. The evidence against Caner is overwhelming. There are court documents, audio, video, and printed matter that all prove Caner has lied on many points.
Why were none of the real issues addressed? It looks like just another whitewash designed to deceive.
I pray you all will open your eyes to God’s Truth.
And here is the first reply I received by one “cb scott”:
God’s truth is in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on the cross from sinful scum like you and me.
God’s truth plainly states that when men repent, the grace of God wrought through the blood of Christ on the cross is sufficient for their forgiveness.
Ergun Caner has repented. He apologized to those to whom he is accountable. What more do you want?
In light of the evidence, the repeated reference to “God’s truth” clanks like a cracked bell. The false assertion that Caner had repented was repeated by many people. For example, Ron Phillips Sr. said this:
I have read his apology. How long is he required to keep it up to satisfy the inquisitors? Please explain why anyone in their right mind would help those who would parse every syllable of every word just for the purpose of further attacking him? Not me! I would much rather reach out to him in brotherly love with my extended hand.
Note his reference to “inquisitors” – the comments by Caner supporters are saturated with attacks like that. After repeatedly asking for evidence of repentance, someone finally put up a link to a “statement of repentance” that Caner posted on his site and then quickly removed (see Ergun’s So-Called Apology). There is good reason that statement was removed. It was not a “repentance” in an sense of the word. On the contrary, it was the epitome of all of Caner’s many sins. It contained the blatantly blasphemous bald-face lie that he “never intentionally misled anyone.” When I informed Caner’s defenders of this fact, no one answered. No one! They just marched forward ever deeper into the gloomy darkness.
Given the deep dark blindness of these folks, I thought I would appeal to their knowledge of the Gospel and what repentance is really all about. So I waxed eloquent and wrote this:
Have we forgotten the glory of real repentance? What it looks like, what it feels like, what fruit it bears? Has not every Christian experienced it, and witnessed it in others? It begins with the knowledge that we have sinned against God and our fellow man. Our heart begins to ache as if it would be crushed in the cold, dark grip of sin. And then the grace of God enters in and a fountain of living water springs up and bursts out in a flood of tears and we declare I AM SORRY! Please forgive me … thank you for forgiving me, my Lord and my God. My Savior. The deepest sorrow becomes our greatest joy. We are free! It’s like taking our first breath after nearly drowning. The angels of heaven sing. Laughter breaks forth upon the earth. Men that were once enemies are now reconciled. Our faces shine with the light of God and the demonstration of the Gospel of Christ. We gaze with perfect love into the open and honest eyes of our brothers and sisters as we rejoice together. God’s glory is manifest upon this earth.
Has this happened yet with Ergun Caner? If not, then he has yet to repent.
It is a dark day if we have forgotten the real meaning repentance. There is no Gospel without it.
Again, no one responded. I felt like an emergency medic checking for vital signs by shining a bright light into their eyes, but the pupils did not contract. They were in a coma. Utterly removed from God and all that is true and good.
It was today’s post called The Whole Truth on SBC Pastor Tim C. Guthrie’s blog that prompted this response. Guthrie posted a statement by an ex-Muslim convert to Christianity who claims to have known Ergun sometime in his youth. No dates are given. No supporting evidence. It was just the word of one man who graduated from Liberty University and so has a vested interest in exonerating Ergun Caner to protect the reputation of the school that gave him his degree. And besides that, he was only seven years old when Caner converted to Christianity, so he has no first-hand knowledge at all about how “devout” Caner was as a Muslim. But the real problem is the title of Guthrie’s post. In no way did he present anything like the “whole truth.” On the contrary, like all his debauched cohorts, he failed to deal with any of the substantive issues. And this has been his practice for months now. “Pastor” Tim C. Guthrie is one of the leading voices attacking anyone who calls for Truth and Repentance as the way to resolve this issue. Judging by his behavior, he seems to live in a world where Light is Darkness and Good is Evil (see here).
This is the cancer that now has metastasized throughout the body of the Southern Baptist Convention. I do not believe that surgery is possible because metastasis has spread this disease to every organ of the body. The only thing left is to wait for the emaciated body of the Southern Baptist Convention to die and be buried.
Isaiah 1:4 Alas, sinful nation, A people laden with iniquity, A brood of evildoers, Children who are corrupters! They have forsaken the LORD, They have provoked to anger The Holy One of Israel, They have turned away backward. 5 Why should you be stricken again? You will revolt more and more. The whole head is sick, And the whole heart faints. 6 From the sole of the foot even to the head, There is no soundness in it, But wounds and bruises and putrefying sores; They have not been closed or bound up, Or soothed with ointment.
Richard Amiel McGough