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04 May, 2010 / theexpositor

Liberty University is DONE in my opinion!

In addition to my theological differences with Liberty University and my disappointment with the seeker-driven/purpose driven turns that the institution has made over the last 5+ years, their refusal to discipline, and in my opinion, fire Calvinist-hating Dr. Ergun Caner for falsifying his resume and testimony, is abhorant.

Even Christianity Today has weighed in on the controversy in an article by John W. Kennedy:

Liberty University’s board of directors has declined to take public action against Ergun Caner, president of the university seminary, as bloggers raise doubts about Caner’s account of his childhood as a Muslim.

Elmer Towns, co-founder of Liberty University and dean of the School of Religion, says there will be no official reprimand or demotion of Ergun Caner. Towns, who had a hand in hiring Caner, says the Liberty board has held an inquiry and directors are satisfied that Caner has done nothing theologically inappropriate.

“It’s not an ethical issue, it’s not a moral issue,” Towns told Christianity Today on April 27. “We give faculty a certain amount of theological leverage. The arguments of the bloggers would not stand up in court.”

Not an ethical or moral issue? The man has lied about who he is. He has purposely misrepresented himself and accordingly to Elmer Towns its not a big issue? This is deplorable! 

Is Towns naive, misleading or just arrogant;

“Ergun has publicly apologized for certain exaggerations and for letting his enthusiasm carry him away,” Towns says. “He realizes now that his attack mentality is inappropriate.” Towns didn’t provide specifics of Caner’s regrets other than the Rankin apology. Towns says Caner has been attacked so vociferously because of his position as an anti-Calvinist. Theological tension has grown in Southern Baptist circles in recent years as Calvinism has gained a greater following among Baptists.

“We don’t see any way that bloggers will damage Liberty,” Towns says.

Rather than worry about bloggers having a negative effect on Liberty, how about being concerned over offending God. Your president has lied about who he is and what he does. He should be terminated and Towns and Liberty leadership should repent and make things right.

Read the entire CT article by John W. Kennedy.

I also recommend articles by Wade Burleson on the subject at Grace and Truth to you.