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28 June, 2010 / theexpositor

Why the SBC can be faulted for Ergun Caner’s rise and demise

from Grace and Truth to You

The Southern Baptist Convention began turning into a pantheon of celebrities and iconic heroes in 1979. Under the banner of “Battle for the Bible,” we allowed ourselves to be duped into believing that caustic communicators charging other Christians with heresy were somehow courageous. We began to value the spoken anecdote more than the spoken Word. We decided we’d rather applaud a pastor calling other Christians “skunks” than a prophet calling us to personal brokenness and repentance.

The Southern Baptist Convention changed in 1979. We began to value celebrity more than we did integrity. For this reason, we barely blinked when told SBC leaders had given a pass to various sexual predators. We kept quiet about the credible whispers that an SBC power broker desired the company of young males more than he did the Holy Spirit. We lauded those who could mesmorize an audience with their stories and putdowns, and stopped paying attention to our missionaries who were on the field actually giving their lives for the cause of Christ. We acted this way because … We turned celebrity into integrity and reaped the rewards.

 Enter Ergun Caner……

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