Caner said prior to the Sept. 11 attacks he would speak to churches about being disowned by his Turkish Muslim family who was living in America when he became a Christian as a teenager in 1982. He said the pre-9/11 response would generally be akin to a pat on the head when he would recount how he and his two brothers, who became Christians a year after he did, had to hide in church members’ basements to avoid persecution.
Liberty University's student newspaper's coverage of Ergun's first sermon at the university. The paper wrote that Ergun "was born into a Muslim family in Stockholm, Sweden and raised in Turkey, Lebanon and Syria. In 1978 his family moved to Brooklyn, N. Y., where he said he learned English for the first time." Ergun publicly maintains that the paper made an error and he never intentionally misled them into thinking that he arrived in the United States in 1978 where he learned English for the first time. I found this article from December 2007, that claimed that Ergun immigrated in 1984.
Caner, a former Muslim, was born in Sweden to a Turkish family who immigrated to the U.S. in 1984. He served churches in Kentucky, North Carolina, Indiana, Colorado and Texas before beginning his tenure at the Lynchburg institution in 2003.Friends of mine have told me that Ergun is a great preacher, intelligent, and a great communicator. Given these errors that were continually reported about him, you would think that he would have learned to communicated the truth more effectively. Then again, maybe, he didn't want the truth to get out. Obviously, I subscribe to the latter.
In an upcoming video, I will present an example from September 2006 of Ergun claiming that he lived in garages and basements after he was disowned.