Sad Saga of the Continuing Caner Cover uP
The Huffington Post has published an excellent synopsis of the Caner fiasco by Tom Breen. Of particular interest is his report that neither Caner nor any of his prominent supporters are willing to make any comment whatsoever, as seen by these quotes from his article:
Lately, his critics are easier to find than his friends. Prominent Evangelical leaders who in the past blurbed his books, promoted him as an expert and defended him against charges of inflammatory anti-Muslim remarks have been publicly silent since Liberty announced it would investigate the claims against Caner.
[Richard] Land is one of several Evangelical leaders contacted by The Associated Press for this story who either did not respond or declined to comment.
Neither Caner brother has responded to repeated requests for comment.
Ankerberg, a Chattanooga, Tenn.-based minister, hosts a TV show on which Caner has been a guest at least eight times, according to Caner’s website. He did not respond to a request for comment.
Breen also reports on the joint efforts by Liberty University and John Ankerberg to suppress the truth revealed by the YouTube videos and adds a very interesting fact that I was not aware of – it was Ergun Caner himself who contacted Focus on the Family to request that his own sermon be removed! And there are other examples of “Christian ministries” deleting incriminating information (see Free Will Baptists Hide Evidence of Caner’s Lies). All of this should bring to mind Orwell’s prophetic warnings modeled on the efforts of the Soviet Union to suppress knowledge and rewrite history. Wade Burleson explains it well in his recent post: Orwell’s 1984 and Extraordinary Parallels to Baptist Leadership Today.
And so we are witnessing the mental corruption inevitably spawned by moral corruption. Ever since Nixon schooled us in the consequences of cover up, everyone has known that the initial crime is small in comparison. This is because we all know how easy it is to fail morally when we think no one is looking, but the cover up indicates a deliberate, stubborn continuance in those failings even after they have been exposed! In other words, we all understand how easy it is to sin in the darkness of night, but these folks are sinning in broad daylight! And besides that, they are insulting everyone’s intelligence. It appears that all these “Christians” are hell-bent on bringing down their own house upon their own heads for nothing but their pride that will not allow them to simply speak the truth that everyone else plainly sees. And the ultimate irony is that this is happening with folks who’s only claim to fame is their “testimony” about the “truth” of Jesus Christ! It doesn’t get much more twisted than this. But the beauty of this particular twist is that it fulfills our innate desire for a justice that fits the crime. Those who live by the sword surely shall die by it. Amen.