This story has been covered by many outlets and I just wanted to bring closure to the stories that I mentioned previously. Christianity Today, the Associated Press, and other news agencies have relayed information from Liberty University that confirm Ergun Caner has “made factual statements that are self-contradictory.” They fall short of calling his actions lies. He will still be employed by Liberty University but will no longer be the dean of their seminary.
Liberty University’s actions and statement provide very little clarity to this situation.
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I just hope we don’t do what we as Christians traditionally do – shoot our wounded! While I don’t excuse Ergun’s lie, I do understand that he was playing to a North American church desperate for a Christian celebrity hero. I hope Ergun’s fall is illustrative in that we shouldn’t look for the spectacular conversion narrative ( they’re all spectacular, in light of Christ’s redemptive work!) and we should remember that Grace is always and only sufficient.
I agree with everything you just said. I’ve tried to be pretty objective in this whole saga. I’m still not sure how I feel about the fact that he hasn’t really apologized about his lies. In fact, I haven’t heard the word lie come from his mouth.
It’s a lesson learned. I think a good dose of the gospel would help with our infatuation with spectacular conversion stories. If we, somehow, are able to be a part of saving ourselves, then the life we came from does have a bearing on how amazing our conversion is. However, if God is fully responsible for saving us and each of us is a sinner that is wholly alienated from God without Jesus, then every conversion is a miracle beyond words.