One of the readers here at Theology Today asked me the following question via email.
Why hasn’t God moved in the Ergun Caner situation?
Sometimes He moves and we don’t recognize it.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
I believe He has moved in the following ways…..
Christians claiming that Matthew 18:15-18 was violated in this unfortunate situation and Galatians 6:1 should have been employed don’t know very much about their bibles. To think some of these complaints were coming from the keyboards of Pastors is disturbing. How can a shepherd mediate a dispute amongst the sheep if he himself doesn’t understand the biblical principles involved in reconciling such disputes?
In spite of the overwhelming evidence that Caner has offered false testimony in regards to his past Dr. Norman Geisler still defends him. While I wonder how that could be I certainly admire him for being willing to take the proverbial bullet for defending his friend. We should all be that lucky. We don’t have a clue what Geisler has said to his friend privately and I’m willing to bet he has or will read him the riot act.
I think its unfair to criticize Dr. Emir Caner for not exposing his brother publicly. It’s true this should be the case but would you do to your biological brother what you are criticizing Dr. Caner for not doing? Its easy to say you would but until you’ve been placed in that situation you have no idea what you would do. My gut tells me most wouldn’t publicly expose their brother. We also don’t have a clue what he’s told his brother privately.
While this situation should be about integrity amongst Christian leaders some have successfully deflected the real issue (Dr. Caner’s false testimony), turning it into a Calvinist/Arminian circus of mudslinging, threats of physical violence and an ugliness that has nothing to do with the fruits of the spirit. This is unfortunate and unnecessary. More importantly it has allowed the unbelieving world to once again point there fingers at Christians and say “why would I want to be like them”. You know something? They are absolutely correct.
Liberty University? After this debacle I think it would be a stretch to even consider Liberty a credible secular university but a Christian University? No way. To their credit they did remove Dr. Caner from his role as Dean of the Theological Seminary but to allow him to immediately return to the lecture hall sends a mixed message the students don’t deserve. The mixed message? Sin has its consequences but not life altering consequences. I’m sure King David would have LOVED to have been Dean of Liberty University!
Should Ergun Caner publicly repent and apologize to those he has deceived? Yes. Will he? Probably not and it doesn’t seem to matter much as he’s still teaching and speaking at conferences. Perhaps God is showing us that not everything that glitters is gold and we need to focus on Christ and Him alone and not some man with a gift of gab and a flashy story that glittered in the sun but upon closer inspection was nothing more then fools gold.
Assuming you know who Dr. James White is do you still view him in the same way as you did before this whole saga began? Some have told me privately that they will never listen to him again while others have stated they have a whole new respect for him. I would be in the latter category. Its refreshing to see someone of his renown step up and risk his reputation to do the right thing. I pray it isn’t the last time he does this as if it weren’t for him initially bringing this to the Body Dr. Caner would be singing the same untruthful song as well as being still able to call himself Dean and President of Liberty Theological Seminary.
God also revealed a hidden gem who is currently living in Enid Oklahoma. Her name is Mrs. Debbie Kaufman. Because of her efforts it appears God has opened doors for her to witness to the Muslim community. She now has “street cred” with these folks. She didn’t look the other way like most within the SBC have which I’m sure has made an impression on those who look at Christians as hypocrites who rail against others while coddling their own. She doesn’t coddle Muslims either. She simply loves them.
So, dear reader, this is how I see God moving in all of this. I’ll post this up on the site and see what others have to say.
So dear readers. How do you think God has moved in this situation?