In Support of Dr. Ergun Caner has been under attack by extreme Muslims and others who have challenged his integrity and character, claiming that he was not a Muslim, let alone a devout one, and that he intentionally made false statements related to his Muslim background and conversion to Christianity. While Dr. For those times where I misspoke, said it wrong, scrambled words, or was just outright confusing, I apologize and will strive to do better. The attackers first attempted to prove that Ergun and I were never Muslims, a lie that was easily exposed. Then, their bitter efforts alleged we were never devout Muslims, an attack that even took cheap shots at our father, his devotion to Islam, and his devotion to his family.
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In Support of Dr. Ergun Caner has been under attack by extreme Muslims and others who have challenged his integrity and character, claiming that he was not a Muslim, let alone a devout one, and that he intentionally made false statements related to his Muslim background and conversion to Christianity.
While Dr. For those times where I misspoke, said it wrong, scrambled words, or was just outright confusing, I apologize and will strive to do better. The attackers first attempted to prove that Ergun and I were never Muslims, a lie that was easily exposed. Then, their bitter efforts alleged we were never devout Muslims, an attack that even took cheap shots at our father, his devotion to Islam, and his devotion to his family. Documentation including court records once again illustrated their lies.
Through this entire ordeal, my brother has shown an unquestionable Christian character, asking forgiveness for any mistakes and persevering while his entire life was unbiblically placed in front of the world. As his brother, I am prouder of him today than I even was before this situation occurred.
I am simply grateful to be his brother. Liberty University where Dr. Caner had made factual statements that are self-contradictory. However, the Committee found no evidence to suggest that Dr. Caner was not a Muslim who converted to Christianity as a teenager…. Caner are trustworthy, factually accurate, and helpful to both Christians and seekers wanting to know more about Islamic beliefs and how those beliefs compare and contrast with biblical Christianity.
I rejoice over faithful witnesses of Jesus in a small Ohio Baptist church that loved two Moslem boys to Christ and then encouraged them to live for Jesus. I am grateful to God for the many people that have come to Christ through the witness of those two men. I continually thank God for His unbelievable plan to use sinners and mistake-prone men like the Caners, and even more amazing, people like me, to accomplish some things of great value in His kingdom business.
Only eternity will reveal the good that two former Moslems have done. I thank God for them both. Caner and have done a number of apologetics conferences with him, and have witnessed God using Ergun in a powerful way. He has always spoken words of grace to others, and I thus find it disturbing that some have chosen to show NO grace to Ergun in the midst of his current trial.
If God only used perfect vessels, who among us would be qualified? I know of none. I urge all those who respect my work to take the word of someone who knows Ergun personally me : He is a good man with a heart for God.
Caner on our website www. Caner carefully and having looked at the related evidence, I can say without hesitation that all of the moral charges against Dr. Caner are unsubstantiated. Further, no one had demonstrated moral intent on any of the factual misstatements he made which we all make. Caner is a man of honesty, integrity, and loyalty to Christ. Ergun Caner by some Muslims and other groups has hit the mark. The charges on the surface sounds formidable until they are met with TRUTH, then they quickly evaporate away losing all power to condemn — leaving the accusers to contemplate their actions.
Geisler and Dr. Caner are the two spiritual warriors I would most like next to me in the trenches doing battle for the cause of Christ.
Ergun Caner…. If one looks at the definition and then looks at the statement released from Liberty University, one has to admit that exoneration is not a stretch. Geisler July 6, Since issuing a recent defense of Ergun Caner against his critics, a number of unjustified attacks have come to my attention. Many of them are just a rehash of old ones already answered with a futile attempt to prove his intent to embellish and deceive. Not one of these charges is substantial, involving any major doctrinal or moral issue.
Nonetheless, since left unanswered they tend in the minds of some to imply moral guilt; a brief response to them will be helpful.
It is charged that many times Caner embellished and deceived in that: Ergun Caner claimed to have been born in Istanbul when he was actually born in Sweden. Since both Ergun and his father were Turkish citizens, he strongly identified with that ancestry. Thus, an occasional misspoken word about his birthplace is understandable. Caner claimed to have once lived in Ankara Turkey and along the Iraqi border which he did not. Response: Ergun traveled with his father to Turkey several times.
Later, he was along the Iraqi border as he said he was. It should not be deemed strange that Ergun has spent time in Turkey. After all, he has a Turkish father and was a Turkish citizen who came to America on a Turkish passport. This allegation against him is a mere assumption without evidence which illustrates the desire to defame Ergun by his critics.
He claimed to have watched Dukes of Hazard and longed to marry Daisy Duke while growing up in Turkey before the show was even on TV in Response: This statement was intended as humor and was taken as such by the audience. Indeed, Ergun has made this joke for more than a decade and never once was it taken as a matter of fact.
He was illustrating the misconceptions between Americans and Muslims. He claimed in one place to have become a US citizenship in and in another place he claimed that it was in Response: It is well known that Caner became a US citizen in The other date is from the period of his call to the ministry and is sometimes lumped together with the earlier date in his testimony.
No intent to deceive existed, nor has it been established by this conflation of dates. Since it is well known by Bible scholars that this kind of thing is found in the Scriptures which are without error , then any Christian pressing this charge would, by the same logic, have to impugn the Bible as well see The Bible Knowledge Commentary, vol.
This reveals that he was not a devout Muslim and that he intended to deceive when claiming to be one. He has provided a picture below of Ergun with his head covered sitting down.
Of course, there were other times when he had no covering on which would be natural. Response: Both men agree that Emir was saved a year after Ergun. There is some confusion about the exact year. Again, there is no intention to deceive here but simply a problem of memory about exact dates. Ergun claimed his father had many wives and two half-brothers and two half-sisters, but there is no evidence for the half-brothers.
He had three sons by his first wife Ergun and his two brothers. This is hardly evidence of an attempt to embellish or deceive. Since this is contrary to law in the United States, his Muslim critics have resorted to character assassination instead. Unfortunately, other extremists who disagree with some of his theological views have piled on and are kicking him while he is down. Second, a blogger-critic refuses to give his real name, using a pseudonym. This violates a moral and legal rule that one has a right to face his accusers.
Really, the burden of proof for these allegations is on the accuser, not on the accused. Fourth, not one of these accusations is about any serious doctrinal or moral issue. Ergun has never been found guilty of either of these. Fifth, out of a couple thousand sermons, nearly twenty books, and hundreds of media interviews, the relatively few mistakes are trivial by comparison. I am sure that anyone who wished to do a search on other leaders who have communicated as much in the past decade or so could do a hatchet job on some of them too.
Sixth, Ergun has readily admitted the mistakes he has made and has apologized for them publically. Caner has cooperated with the Board committee and has apologized for the discrepancies and misstatements that led to this review. This is to say nothing of the pain, misery, and agony they have afflicted on Ergun, his family, and the problems this has caused at Liberty University. For this they owe Dr. Caner a clear and contrite public apology. Finally, his critics have not followed the instructions of Matthew 18 by going first to their brother and then to his church privately on these allegations.
Rather, they have practiced unbiblical gossip in passing on defaming charges about another brother in Christ to others—indeed, making these charges public. My experience with Ergun, as that of those who know him well, is that he is a devout zealous believer who lives a life in obedience to Christ and who works diligently to extend his kingdom.
It is a crying shame that other believers have jumped on a band-wagon which is discrediting this sincere, earnest, and faithful follower of Christ. Ergun Caner will no longer serve as Dean of the Liberty Seminary following an investigation by a university committee of allegations that Dr.
Caner made misleading or false statements regarding his past. His contract to serve as Dean of the Seminary expired on June 30 and was not renewed. Caner does, however, remain a faculty member of Liberty University. Caner was not a Muslim who converted to Christianity as a teenager, but, instead, found discrepancies related to matters such as dates, names and places of residence.
Caner has cooperated with the board committee and has apologized for the discrepancies and misstatements that led to this review. In February Dr. Kregel Publications has found no credible evidence that contradicts the facts presented in Dr.
As Dr. We believe the books are trustworthy, factually accurate, and helpful to both Christians and seekers wanting to know more about Muslim belief and how those beliefs compare and contrast with biblical Christianity.
Answering Islam: The Crescent in Light of the Cross
Shelves: master-s-degree This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Introduction Islam is the worlds second largest religion, boasting more than one billion followers. The events of September 11, , and the fact that there are currently more Muslim Americans than Methodists combine to make Islam even more relevant to todays American Christians. In Answering Islam, Norman Geisler and Abdul Saleeb outline Islams fundamental beliefs, respond to them, and prevent a positive case for the Christian counterclaim. The Basic Doctrines of Orthodox Islam Though there are many rival sects within Islam orthodoxy, most Muslims agree on six basic doctrines.
Answering Islam, 2d ed.: The Crescent in Light of the Cross