In an interview with Glenn Beck (a tv news/talk show host, a former agnostic, Catholic, Born Again Fundamentalist, and now a convert to Mormonism), Falwell defended his decision to have the well-know conservative political pundit as the featured speaker at the 2010 commencement ceremony by stating that there are ‘bigger issues’ in the country right now than ‘theology’.
In the late 1800s and early 20th Century, when the leaders of America’s Christian academies put moral reforms ahead of faith in Christ, they were pejoratively labeled as ‘liberals’. When a 21st Century Fundamentalist does the same thing, he is looked at as a hero.
They’re In It for the Power?
Perhaps this is why Liberty has tried so hard over the past three months to hide charges of lying and falsifying academic credentials of it’s seminary president – Ergun Caner. Ergun, who has made outlandish fraudulent claims about having been raised in Turkey and trained for Jihad, was at first exonerated by Liberty University, which was later forced by political pressure to administer disciplinary action, once the issue could not be hidden from the public. Caner’s fictional biography and professional credentials brought a lot of cache and political clout to the University and, sadly, that seems a higher capital than the Gospel.
Some Good Analysis of the sad Caner saga (including a pathetic Caner Apologetic, i.e. mis-information PA blitz by Evangelical scholar Norman Geisler) can be found at the following:
- Aristophrenium: Innocently guilty of truthfully lying
- Liberty University demotes Ergun Caner
- Francis Turretin: Responding to Norman Geisler’s Defense of Ergun Caner – Part 1
- Francis Turretin: Responding to Norman Geisler’s Defense of Ergun Caner – Part 2
- Francis Turretin: Responding to Norman Geisler’s Defense of Ergun Caner – Wrap-Up
- Francis Turretin: James White’s Response to Geisler
- Francis Turretin: Some things Dr. Geisler (conveniently) Overlooked
- Francis Turretin: Rebutting Norman Geisler (This guy is really embarrassing himself!)
- Francis Turretin: More Caner Lies on Zola Levitt
I’ve hesitated, to this point to post anything regarding the Caner saga and Liberty U. – my wife formerly attended there, we have family there now, and I am friends with folks in the ministry who graduated from there; but Caner’s non-pology, Falwell’s gutlessness, and Liberty’s non-discipline and political maneuvering are enough to make one sick. Liberty encompasses everything that is wrong with the Evangelical movement today – more concerned with moralism and politics than Christ. You say the prayer, sign the card, join the club, and then roll up your sleeves and get on to the real busine$$ of winning America to Christ ‘traditionalism’ (?). The 1950s just may be the new heaven and the Tea Party the new Gospel message.
New ecumenicalism is the slippery slope to old liberalism. Nothing good can come of it. If God is God, let’s put our confidence in Him, not man.
Sad day for Liberty.
Sad day for America.
Sad day for the Church of Jesus Christ.
“Ἀπόδοτε οὖν τὰ Καίσαρος Καίσαρι καὶ τὰ τοῦ Θεοῦ τῷ Θεῷ”
Jesus, The King of Kings, The Lord of Glory