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I hope this letter finds you well. I’ve followed your ministry over the years. I’ve heard you speak live, and I considered having you speak at a youth rally for my youth group in 2004. I still have the “Speakers Request Form #1.” My youth group attended Winter Xtreme several years where we heard and enjoyed your sermons. You’ve made a difference in my life at these events. I also had you as a lecturer for Baptist History at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. You and I are brothers in Christ. I’ve always respected you as a fellow brother in Christ and a mighty preacher of the gospel.
I’ve read your public apologies for some misstatements you made about someone you claimed to debate in the past (Source). I understand how easy it would be to say the wrong name. I’m sure I make misstatements in the pulpit on occasion. I can’t imagine being recorded all the time and thousands of people examining and checking every word I say. Occasional misstatements and mistakes should be expected (Norman Geisler defends some of your misstatements here).
There are, however, some questions that remain unanswered–questions about statements you’ve made about your childhood that seem to be non-factual. There’s no way these statements are mere misstatements. A few examples are included in the video below:
(At 00:48) You claim in this video that your training center was in Beirut. But, evidence has been provided to the contrary, arguing that you came to the United States around 2 years of age. Thus, here’s a few questions,
1. Were you trained as a Muslim in Beirut where your madrasa was located?
2. When did you come to the United States, roughly–1978 or 1969?
I don’t need proof from you. I don’t need documentation. I just need your word; I just need you to answer these two questions because evidence has been provided that says you’ve lied about these things. Your affirmation of your original statements, however, will be good enough for me. I wish you well.