When I surrendered to Christ in 1988 someone asked me if I had counted the cost. As a new Christian I responded that I had, but in reality I could not know exactly what the cost was of following Jesus. I knew that I had surrendered to Him and it made no difference to me what the cost was, in my reputation or what others said about me.
When you are saved out of a Muslim culture and religion it is more difficult than it is for someone like me. The only danger I ever had to concern myself with was the laughs and jeers of my drinking buddies. To one that is saved out of a Muslim culture and religion their lives are placed in jeopardy.
I want to publicly state my admiration to Drs. Ergun and Emir Caner for their public ministry. It would be easy for them to attain their degrees and sit in some ivory tower and espouse the various debates of the reason Christianity is the truth. Do they retreat to such an isolated position? No, they do not. They do the opposite.
Dr. Ergun Caner states all of the time that he will debate anyone, anytime. He is very articulate in expressing the truth of the Gospel and this has cost him much in regards to his personal family habits. I remember being with him one time when he received an emergency call of a death threat to him and his family. He immediately retreated from us to make certain that his family had the security protection that was needed at that moment. There were some scheduling changes needed as he had to depart early. It has also cost him in personal attacks.
The personal attacks range from the truth of their lives before Christ to the academic degrees they hold. See here, here, and here. You may wonder how anyone could call into question these issues. They drink the kool-aide pouring from the poisoned vine of the above links, this Facebook page, and the following videos.
This is one of ten videos placed on YouTube by Muslims trying to harm Dr. Ergun Caner and present him as being untruthful. The problem is, some will view these videos and then use them as truth. Thus, those that use these videos as their “gotcha” moments accept the lies of Muslims to argue against a Brother in Christ. You may think that no person who calls themselves a Follower of Christ would side with a Muslim to degrade and berate a Brother in Christ. I did also until I viewed the following video.
Please note that any believer that calls into question the truth of the Drs. Caner background and degrees use the research of Muslims (those who have a reason for perverting the truth) for their documentation. Allow me to close this post by expressing my heart about this matter. Drs. Ergun and Emir Caner have the academic credentials to be in the positions they hold. Not only do they have the credentials, they are published authors from reputable publishers. They also stand publicly expressing their scriptural convictions of truth. Many do not like it when truth is revealed. Those that do not celebrate truth will try to use everything they can to silence those speaking truth. Then you have those that are jealous and envious of the Drs. Caner. Those envious and jealous will use the lies for a “gotcha” moment in order to accomplish the same ends–silence the truth.
I appreciate both Dr. Ergun and Emir Caner and I know they have accepted this nonsense as the cost of following Christ. I thank God for them and I pray God’s continued blessing on their ministry. May God protect my Brothers from those unbelievers that are doing all they can to bring then harm. May God grant salvation to those unbelievers that are striving to find truth. May God bring conviction to the Brothers and Sisters that are accepting the lies of the ungodly in order to satisfy a jealous and envious heart.