Here we have the full video of both sessions preached by Ergun Caner at Johnny Hunt’s Church on July 27, 2014. In an introductory video conference call, Johnny Hunt identifies and commends Ergun as a godly man to his Church and listeners.
“We’re delighted to have you…I’m grateful for the way God has used you and is using you. Thank you for your humble spirit and for the way you’ve just desired to serve. And so just know that Woodstock welcomes you this morning and I’m praying, and have prayed, that God would greatly use you as he always has…”
Ergun starts speaking at the 29 minute mark and his whole sermon is really characterized by stand-up comedy. I would peg about 2/3rds of his sermon to be that very thing- observational humor and personal anecdotes designed to make the congregation laugh and chuckle. Several times you could tell that he was waiting for a punchline, and it really did overshadow his whole presentation and anything poignant of theological he was trying to stay.
If nothing else Johnny Hunt, in having Ergun invited to speak despite the fact that he is an openly unrepentant chronic liar who is actively engaged in the process of trying to suppress those very lies [think King David in the process of plotting Uriah’s doom] has unfortunately tarnished and damaged what had up to this point generally been considered a solid, faithful, ministry and reputation. In trying to give legitimacy to Ergun he has illegitimatized himself.
And for what? Instead of using the word of God to “pierce to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” and give a great, deep, powerful message, Ergun Caner blunted it and dulled it through irrelevant inanities and theological frivolities. There was no substance. It was one laugh line after another.
When the dust settled and after all was said and done, all that was left was a sprinkling of bibley talk and 35 minutes of stories and abject silliness from the life of Ergun, -stories might I add which we don’t even know if they’re true or not, and no reason to suppose that they must be.
[Contributed by Dustin Germain]