I suppose there is a 0.01% chance that Caner might be using the opportunity to apologize for his decade of deceit and try to make amends. If it does happen, I'll gladly eat my hat, and I can understand why Johnny invited him. Odds are slim-to-none of that happening, and Slim just left town.
Caner has spoken at other SBC mega churches since he was exposed, so the fact that Caner is speaking at FBC Woodstock is not THAT noteworthy. (See here, here, and here).
But what makes THIS speaking engagement so disgusting is it comes right on the heels of Caner being exposed not by bloggers as a liar, but by two federal court judges. It's in the books and documented: Caner tried to crush Jonathan Autry and his family by bringing a completely baseless and frivolous lawsuit, suing Jonathan for copyright infringement because he didn't like Autry's criticism. I didn't say that. Judge Norman K. Moon said it, and said it forcefully.
I want to remind my readers and the FBC Woodstock members who might read this: Caner is quite the hypocrite about lawsuits, as back in 2007 in a Georgia Baptist Convention sermon Caner complained about "narcissistic" bloggers, and then said this about the problem of lawsuits:
"Everybody is obsessed with their rights. You know why we know this? Because everbody is suing everybody else. We're a litigious society, aren't we? Everybody's got a right to sue!! I got a right to get me some cheese!!! I'm gonna get me some cheddar!!! I'm gonna get me my money!! Why? Because it can't be my fault! It's not my fault, I'm a victim...if I'm a victim, I'm not culpable. If I'm not culpable, I'm not responsible. If I'm not responsible, it's not sin. So what we do instead of bowing our knee in repentance, is we demand our rights. And it has infected the church." Ergun Caner, Georgia Baptist Evangelism Conference, September 7, 2007.Well, at least we can say Ergun Caner is a prophet. He prophesied about his own lawsuits 6 years before they actually happened. Only Caner didn't get his "cheese" - he instead got egg on his face, and now by court order he must fork over tens of thousands of dollars to pay the defendants of his exploitative lawsuits. Said Judge Norman Moon:
“A fee award is needed to encourage defendants like Autry to protect their rights against those who, like Caner, seek to suppress criticism...Equally, those like Caner should be deterred from exploiting the court system for their own purposes.” Honorable Judge Norman K. Moon, U.S. District Court of Western Virginia.So Caner exploited our legal system to suppress his critics. Yet he is given the honor of preaching in Johnny Hunt's pulpit. Johnny Hunt obviously doesn't care that he is embarrassing his church as an institution, his church members, and the Southern Baptist Convention by having Caner in.
So FBC Woodstock members, don't bother sending Johnny an email about Caner. Don't call Johnny, don't contact his chief of staff/admin pastor or whatever you call him - because Johnny won't hear you. He doesn't listen to the plebe - he's a man of God.
There is only one thing that will get Johnny's attention - hitting him where it really hurts: in the pocketbook. Woodstock members, withhold your tithes and offerings for this week and next. If you have an FBCW offering envelope, put a big fat ZERO in the amount box, and put it in the offering plate, with special designation "Ergun Caner Fund". If you give online, give $0.01 this week.
FBC Woodstock members, email your friends, call your relatives and tell them to do the same. Hit 'ole Johnny where it really hurts: right in the church coffers. It won't take very many members to do this for Johnny and the FBCW finance committee to see a noticeable dip in the offering.
THAT will get Johnny's attention.