In this sermon, Dr. Ergun Caner states that fraud is “one who looks like something but is actually something else.” I would modify the definition a bit. A fraud is one who pretends to be something that he is not.
In words that will ironically come to back to haunt him, Caner said, “You can’t start an evangelistic enterprise based on deception… I just can’t imagine that type of lying, and that’s exactly what I call it.” Of course, he was commenting on the IMB’s Camel evangelism method to Muslims (and I think his assessment of Camel is completely off). But it now characterizes exactly what he himself has done.
I’ve examined a lot of audio and video evidence as to Caner’s claims, and my conclusion is that Caner has fabricated the entire story on which he has sold hundreds of thousands of books and which has propelled him to celebrity status. I grieve for Caner and for the damage this will do to Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, his students and to Christianity. My prayer is that there will be genuine repentance, followed by a gracious restoration to fellowship (though not to a position of leadership at any level at the Seminary or within the church).