Johnny Hunt Recommended Caner to BPC Trustees, Says Hunt’s Highest-Ranking Staff Person

Following on the heels of a public revelation that Johnny Hunt has invited Ergun Caner to speak  to his church (which itself is following on the heels of an email released in which Hunt acknowledges Caner’s career of lies), we now have confirmation that a prominent staff member at First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Georgia claims that Hunt recommended Caner to the Brewton-Parker Board of Trustees to serve as their next president.

In an email released to the Pulpit & Pen, Executive Pastor and Hunt’s highest-ranking staff person, Jim Law, told a concerned church member:

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Again, this is Jim Law – executive pastor at First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Georgia – saying…

Pastor Johnny affirmed that appointment to the search committee there [emphasis mine]. The reason being when those issues arose a couple years ago at Liberty, Pastor Johnny was on board there. Dr. Caner lost his job there but in sincerity repented to the board and staff there and ackowledged that he had said some things that were not exactly accurate [emphasis mine]…

Also made available to the Pulpit & Pen is the comment from Johnny Hunt’s official mentee, Adam Denny. When asked if he was privy to Caner’s appointment at Brewton-Parker College said…

hunt oneWell guess what? It just so happens that this information is corroborated by audio that the Pulpit & Pen has been sitting on for some time from a phone conversation between Brewton-Parker College’s former “communications guy” (prior to Peter Lumpkins’ appointment there), David Wallace and Pulpit & Pen contributing editor, Dustin Germain. The audio from this conversation and other conversations with Wallace will be included in the upcoming The Caner Project documentary.

A few things stand out here.

First, some still insist that Caner has done nothing wrong (like Tim Lee, Timothy Rogers, Tim Guthrie and Norman Geisler) except make confusing or “self-contradictory” statements. It seems that Hunt has acknowledged here that Caner at least had something to repent for, albeit only that Caner said things that were “not exactly accurate” (the understatement of the century). Please note that in private correspondence, Hunt is more forthcoming, saying to a concerned church member that Caner had lied and very much deserved to lose his job.

Secondly, one has to wonder in what ways Caner has repented, as Hunt concludes. Caner continues to say that he “never intentionally misled anyone” – a claim that has surely been disproven by the sheer number of lies told the same way over and over again in countless venus. He continues to sue fellow Christians for posting unedited videos of him tell these lies (and continues to lose in court). He continues to send out his sycophants (the most notable is now employed as Brewton Parker College’s Vice President of Communication) to claim he has never lied. Does distinguished pastor Johnny Hunt really believe this is indicative of repentance? Apparently he does, recommending him to the board of trustees at BPC.

Speaking of “statements of fact that are self-contradictory,” in additional emails provided to the Pulpit & Pen, Hunt claims he didn’t recommend Caner to the board in spite of his mentee and executive pastor saying so.

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Notice that although Hunt says he didn’t “speak” to a committee member, he was “asked if I was satisfied with the way all was handled at Liberty” (so apparently in some capacity he conversed with the committee, whether a verbal conversation happened or not) and he could (and by the inference, did) commend him on that basis alone.

Also notice that Hunt uses the Timothy Rogers excuse, that he was “elected by a board of trustees” (albeit with Hunt’s recommendation) and therefore passes the buck, saying “I suggest you take up your concern with them.” That’s some real integrity, right there.

Next, notice the accusation from Hunt that perhaps the church member who is concerned with Caner’s career of lies and their pastor’s unfortunate endorsement of unrepentant behavior might be all about Calvinism. Absolutely priceless, I tell you.

Finally, notice the common themes utilized among Caner defenders. First, Hunt suggests his church member follow the spirit of Matthew 18 (which is hard on the grounds that Caner doesn’t attend FBC Woodstock and is unnecessary considering the sins of Caner are public record) and an accusation that even asking these questions is tantamount to a “battle of hate.”

Johnny Hunt has some explaining to do concerning these things, in what can only be described as an unfortunate and inexplicable defense of the inexplicable. In tomorrow’s post, I’ll demonstrate the sheep-berating and shaming utilized by FBC Woodstock towards church members that dare question Hunt’s loyalty to Ergun Caner.


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23 Responses

  1. Robert says:

    Ergun, Peter Lumpkins seem to use Calvinism as a smokescreen. Sad to see others do likewise. Not everyone calling Ergun to repent is a Calvinist.

  2. JD Hall says:

    It’s bizarre. What on Earth does ANY of this have to do with Calvinism (other than Caner was the pre-Eric Hankins anti-Calvinist golden boy they hedged their bets on)? The concerned church member could care less about Calvinism and Hunt threw it out there completely out of the blue. I’ve seen all the emails. Calvinism is NEVER brought up, but Hunt throws it out as an accusation. Bizarre. Bizarre is the best word for it.

  3. lisagray191 says:

    This is so totally heartbreaking. How can intelligent, godly people be so blind. This has absolutely nothing to do with soteriology. It is solely a problem with a man that continues to sin without anyone, seemingly, calling him to repentance. What is so upsetting to me, is that men I had looked up to I the faith aren’t just excusing a onetime incidence of lying with honest repentance. They are excusing a continued pattern of lying (even this year) and other sin. This puts not only Ergun’s soul in danger of hell, but the many others that see his pattern of sin excused away by what I thought were godly leaders

  4. Neptune says:

    Lisa,

    It’s very upsetting to me as well. Like I had said before, I have heard Johnny Hunt preach in person and was very blessed by his message. I am still shocked, that even though he claims that Caner has repented, Caner still seems defiant in the fact that he lied and is defiant with his lawsuits.

    We live in the area near Brewton-Parker College (we’re not originally from this area – thank you Jesus). I have mentioned this before, but will reiterate. This is a quiet rural area, but it is a dangerous place in many ways. A lot of drug dealing goes on down here, murders that never get solved, burglaries that never get solved. The law down here doesn’t even brush for fingerprints when someone is robbed. They will take down a meth lab, but then let the drug-dealers go. It’s really unbelievable. This place has a very dark spiritual cloud of oppression over it.

    As the Apostle Paul teaches, this is spiritual battle. “We fight not against flesh and blood…….” Now, having said that, I must say this, and I sincerely ask for prayers for my husband and me. Again, if you could remember us in prayer, it would be much appreciated.

    This was already a dark place spiritually, but since the Baptist leadership of the surrounding towns of Brewton-Parker College have willfully and eagerly embraced Caner, Lumpkins and Scott, the spiritual darkness has increased. I just don’t know how to accurately put it into words. My husband and I feel such a spirit of oppression, even when we pass by the college. It’s so discouraging to live in an area so clouded by spiritual darkness and evil deeds.

    Remember, this is the Deep South, home of slavery and sharecroppers, moonshine and secrets. The moonshine has been exchanged for meth and marijuana.

    As I write this, my heart is breaking inside. Some people may think that I’m exaggerating to say that since Caner and his cronies have come into town, that the spiritual darkness has increased, but it has……and in a very big way.

    The other night, we saw one of the Brewton-Parker trustees in a restaurant and I can’t properly convey the steely glare in his eyes…..and he’s a minister. The coldness in his spirit was disturbing. One night, we saw Lumpkins and Scott at a restaurant; and when I pointed them out to my husband, he replied, “They look like thugs!” Even the way they walked out of the restaurant had an air of defiance and arrogance.

    This is not about, “We don’t like the new administration or we don’t like the new folks in town….”, this is about a spiritual rebellion that they have brought into town…….on top of the rebellion that is already here. Knowing what goes on down here; unfortunately, I’m not overly shocked that the church leadership has embraced Caner. Most of the churches are controlled by the landed gentry, which translates to a few families who own most of the land.

    Drug-dealing down here is a way of life. Theft and covetousness is a way of life. Acceptance of fraud is a way of life.

    These three have come to the right place.

    We must cling to Psalm 37 : 1 – 40 (KJV)

    God’s Word is true…… Verses 1 and 2…….

    1 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

    2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

  5. SLIMJIM says:

    Sad to see the slander against Calvinists in order to cover up sins…

  6. It’s sad that this has happened. I know very little about Johnny Hunt, other than a few choice quotes I’ve heard and liked from him from Wretched Radio, but I now have one more piece of information about him in my pocket- I don’t trust his discernment skills.

  7. julie says:

    This scripture almost seems tailor-made for Ergun Caner, and those who are aiding and abetting him. They deceive and as a result, are themselves easily deceived:

    2 Timothy 3:13 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

    There are several more scriptures that address liars as well:

    He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. 8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” Revelation 21:6-8

    We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me. 1 Timothy 1:9-11

  8. Neptune says:

    Re: JD’s Tweet

    Showing more integrity than @BrewtonParker or @LibertyU, secular courts do what the church is unwilling, issues judgment in @erguncaner case
    —————

    JD, after reading your tweet…….I’m sitting here wondering what it will take to wake up the Baptist preachers and/or leadership who are supporting Caner. Are they now going to pretend this didn’t happen? How can Johnny Hunt, Paige Patterson, Emir Caner, Bucky Kennedy, C. B. Scott or Peter Lumpkins not be embarrassed? This should be a major embarrassment for anyone who publicly supports him. It makes them look either really foolish or really deceived or really ungodly.

    This should publicly embarrass the Brewton-Parker Trustees and the local churches around here who fall for his bogus act hook, line and sinker. I simply CANNOT wrap my mind around the fact that people are so LACKING in the ability to think, reason and question. There is no shame, anymore. People had rather fawn over a religious celebrity than “try the spirits”.

    When people support Caner, they give out the message that they too, are frauds. To openly support a blatant fraud, when there is proof galore that he is a fraud, says a lot about a person’s character and spirituality.

  9. Adam says:

    This is the first time I’ve ever written on a blog post: I’m amazed at how unforgiving people are. This does not honor Jesus. Don’t slander one of the godliest men of our generation because he chose to show grace and tried to see the best in someone and giving a recommendation. Judge by the standard you want. Forgive as your Father gives. Have mercy as your Father has had mercy on you. I’m all for standing up for truth and desiring integrity but too many people spend their lives wasted away in front of their computer slandering men they’ve never met. I know the person who sent the writer of this blog those emails and my Facebook message and it’s sad that people spend more time slandering people than sharing the gospel and loving others. You’re slandering a former president of the SBC who has given his life to kingdom work and is one of the most admired pastors in our convention not because of his preaching but his life of service and integrity. This does not edify the church whatsoever and doesn’t even bring about any change that the author(s) may want.

    • JD Hall says:

      No, sir. I am not “slandering” Johnny Hunt. I am demonstrating by his own words that he does not practice what he preaches. Like Jim Law, to defend your friend, you make light of sin (all he did was give a recommendation…). He recommended a lying, unrepentant lost person for a place in Christian leadership because Hunt has put SBC politics before his savior and His bride. Wake up.

    • JD Hall says:

      Due to this comment, I think I’ll do a flashback post about Hunt’s shady dealings with disgraced NAMB pres, Bob Reccord. People need to be reminded about the shady CP money sliding under the table to Hunt.

  10. . says:

    Was permission given to use these personal emails and messages?

  11. JD Hall says:

    First, I have left messages for Jim Law at FBC Woodstock and posted only AFTER not receiving a response. Secondly, knowing Caner is irrelevant. His lies are on scores of audio and video and his lawsuits and denials of wrongdoing are public record.

    What on earth does “how a board recommendation” have to do with anything. FOCUS here. Hunt recommended an unrepentant liar to a position of Christian leadership.

    These emails EASILY demonstrate that this individual was right to NOT trust the (sinfully flawed) judgment of their pastor.

    I am a pastor and have been for 15 years. Concerning “exposing someone’s information” – this is not a concern that truth-tellers are worried about.

    Now, please…stop posting under different accounts.

  12. JD Hall says:

    In the last fifteen minutes there’s been a flurry of pro-Johnny comments (with the same “don’t pay attention to facts, you are mean!!!” gist) coming from the same place. Not cool. If you want to comment, stick to one name and don’t try to deceive.

  13. .. says:

    I find it interesting that you make judgements about people (Jim Law, Johnny Hunt) of which you have no relationship or personal dealings with. I also find it interesting that a pastor has so much time to attack and make their goal in life to destroy another. I know both these men and am as confident in their judgment as I would be of anyone. I’m sure this will fall on deaf ears but please leave these two Godly men out of your attacks.

    • JD Hall says:

      You see, here’s the thing. I don’t need to know someone personally to judge them based off of THEIR OWN WORDS alone. If I was judging things like their personality, personalability, likability, hospitality, interpersonal warmness, freshness of breath, or personal hygiene, then I need to know them personally. Only in the SBC is a “call to repentance” translated as “an attack.” Grow up. Man up. Face reality.

    • JD Hall says:

      By the way, you say you’re confident in their judgment? Let’s prove you aren’t a mindless lemming. Take 15 minutes, research Ergun Caner, and tell me if he’s repented and should be restored.

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