The recent turmoil that has been churned up about Ergun Caner has caused me to do some deep (as deep as I can be) thinking about the current state of affairs within professed Christendom. When it all boils down to the bottom line, I still will be for Dr. Caner, and here is why:
1.) I simply prefer to. – I like him. I have been refreshed and encouraged each and every time that I have heard him preach, and I have never heard him preach something that was not the truth. On the subject matter of theology, pertaining to the issues in which I have heard him address, I am in theological agreement with him.
2.) The degree of severity of “evidence” is subjective to one’s personal slant. The playing field is never level. For example, I am looking for reasons to defend him. His critics are looking for reasons to defame him. They are going to make as much out of any perceived discrepancy they can find, and I am going to make the least of it. What one will call a mistake, the other will call malevolent. What one calls outright sin, the other will call an innocent slip. The reality is that Ergun Caner’s Muslim critic is not trying to conquer Ergun Caner. Ergun Caner’s Muslim critic is trying to conquer people like me, and I’m not for that at all.
3.) After dwelling on some of these things, and reading some of Dr. Caner’s answers, I can see, and do see, where explanations are possible and plausible. I am being asked to believe a “real” Muslim over a real Christian. I don’t know this Muslim from Adam’s housecat, but I do have some knowledge of Dr. Caner, and I do believe him to be of trustworthy character.
4.) I believe in the people around him. I trust those of Liberty University. I trust his brother Emir. I trust Phil Waldrep. I trust Jonathon Falwell. They have a more intimate knowledge of him than any Muslim blogger or any other member of the “pastor patrol,” or me for that matter. When I don’t really know someone, I look to those that do, and apparantly those who do know enough to stand by him.
All of that being said I do not like the feel of this whole discussion. I believe Ergun Caner to be a sincere man who is standing by his claims, and until those closest to him say otherwise, I will still be for him. To call him a liar is to call everyone around him a liar, and I am certain that there is no call for that.
I am not comfortable here contributing to the stirring of these waters. This will be my last post concerning this issue, and I will move on to something else. That is a change that will cheerfully be worth making.
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