May 21st, 2011 will be here soon. The date is just a few weeks away now.

Perhaps you pay attention to religious matters in the news. If you do, you‘ve no doubt heard that date marks the beginning of the end of the world. At least it does according to Harold Camping of Family Radio.

In 1958, Camping and a group of other conservative Christians bought a radio station in San Francisco for the purpose of broadcasting the Christian gospel to the community. In the ensuing years what became known as Family Radio expanded greatly, now owning and broadcasting over more than 150 radio stations in the United States. They also broadcast worldwide via short-wave radio.

Over the years, Family Radio in general and Harold Camping in particular have become highly influential among conservative Christians. Camping’s “Open Forum” program, a weeknight call in show aired since 1961, has given him an enormous platform from which to teach his views on Biblical doctrine and practice.

Like many others, there was a time when I thoroughly enjoyed much of Family Radio’s broadcasting. Their Lord’s Day (Sunday) broadcasts were especially enjoyable. In the morning, sermons preached by Dr. James Montgomery Boice of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia were featured. In the evening, the preaching of Dr. Donald Grey Barnhouse and Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones was featured. It was great stuff indeed.

The last twenty years or so have brought about some big changes at Family Radio, and it went from a source of great joy to me to one of great sorrow.

Camping’s influence at Family Radio increased with time, and it’s my understanding that when board members would leave the organization they would not be replaced. Thus Camping could consolidate his power and became free to pull the organization doctrinally in whatever direction he desired without dissention. Outside ministries which had been regular program contributors were gradually dropped as the doctrinal views of Family Radio were changing. Camping’s views had always been a bit quirky, but his fascination with numerology applied to Scripture was taking him off the theological deep end.

Meanwhile, Family Radio had developed something of a cult following among some of its listeners. The Christian religion was centered around Family Radio for many of these folks, I’m afraid. After all, who needs a church when you’ve got Family Radio, and who needs a pastor when you’ve got Brother Camping?

It didn’t happen overnight, but Camping has now dropped all pretence of remaining within the bounds of orthodox Christianity. In addition to adopting annihilationism, he maintains that the church age is over, and says that anyone that remains in the institutional church will not be saved, a particularly pernicious doctrine that preys on the weak and the ignorant.

 

But what’s currently making headlines is that, in spite of the clear teaching of Christ himself in Matt. 24:36, and Mark 13:32, Harold Camping says he knows the date of what he now calls the Rapture. It’s May 21st, 2011.

At that time Christians (note these are only the Christians by Camping’s definition which means they must be un-churched) will be taken from this world. Everybody else will be left, and the end of the world will take place next October. And, yes, he knows that date too. It’s on the 21st of the month as well.

Of course, none of this will happen. I had originally thought it might be kind of fun to throw a “Rapture party” on the 21st, and listen to Family Radio to hear what cockamamie excuse the old kookburger comes up with for why his prediction didn’t come true. But then I considered how this whole episode will bring scorn on the name of Christ. I also thought about how those who follow Camping’s radio cult (and there are a lot of them) will have their faith made a shipwreck. I realized this wasn’t a time to laugh at the foolishness of men.

So I would ask my readers, particularly those of you who are skeptical about the Evangelical expression of Christianity, to ignore Harold Camping. He’s just another delusional fruitcake that, regrettably, has been able to deceive a lot of people. He’s no more a Christian than Richard Dawkins, and what he does is no more a reflection of true Christianity than a Chaplain in the KKK.

Christianity is about Jesus Christ crucified for sinners. He will indeed return one day. But I say with confidence that it will not be on May 21st of this year. I say so for no eschatological reason other than God will demonstrate to the world that the words “no man” apply to Harold Camping:

But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. – Mark 13: 32-33

 

21 comments
  1. Great post. I love it. If these folks want to hasten the end of the world, it can only be accomplished by preaching the Gospel of Christ to the whole world.

  2. It is unfortunate that there are many in both the media and pulpits that preach “another gospel” or preach/teach in error. It is also unfortunate that man makes himself the judge of the heart and mind and knows the thoughts and intents of the heart which God alone can know. No man knows whether a professor of Christ is a believer but Christ alone who knows who His elect are being preordained in Christ before the foundation of the world and thus by God’s appointment and not by the will or decision of a sinful man. God’s elect will stand regardless of their ignorance, folly, falsehood or sin because they are “in Christ” and thus cleansed and made whole by His blood and intercession for them in eternity past for eternity future. We are not the judges of the heart, that is God’s business, but it is our responsibility to tell the truth of the gospel and use the Scriptures as our proof text so that man is not led astray by men who have foolishly taught or believed error. Thanks be God that He alone is infallible and the Savior of His elect.

    1. I’m not entirely sure I understand the thrust of your comment. Reading between the lines, it appears that you might think Mr. Camping is an errant Christian. I would hold out the theoretical possibility of such a thing if he were to repent of everything he’s done against the kingdom of Christ over the last 20+ years. But, for the moment, he not only has no credible profession of faith, he gives every indication of being a false prophet and a wolf in sheep’s clothing. This man is to be judged by us in connection with what he says and does in this world. Election has nothing to do with our judgment of those things.

      Perhaps that’s not where you were going with your comment at all. But if it is, please rethink giving Mr. Camping the benefit of the doubt by assuming that he’s an elect child of God whose name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. You have no evidence or reason to grant that. To the contrary, what Mr. Camping needs to hear is that the wrath of God is upon him and that he needs to repent.

    2. I’m not entirely sure I understand the thrust of your comment. Reading between the lines, it appears that you might think Mr. Camping is an errant Christian. I would hold out the theoretical possibility of such a thing if he were to repent of everything he’s done against the kingdom of Christ over the last 20+ years. But, for the moment, he not only has no credible profession of faith, he gives every indication of being a false prophet and a wolf in sheep’s clothing. This man is to be judged by us in connection with what he says and does in this world. Election has nothing to do with our judgment of those things.

      Perhaps that’s not where you were going with your comment at all. But if it is, please rethink giving Mr. Camping the benefit of the doubt by assuming that he’s an elect child of God whose name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. You have no evidence or reason to grant that. To the contrary, what Mr. Camping needs to hear is that the wrath of God is upon him and that he needs to repent.

      1. Brian, my comment is quite clear. God alone judges the heart and His Word clearly teaches that truth. A Christian’s salvation is based on grace and grace alone. Mr. Camping has a credible profession of faith for his life but like many, including many notable theologians and pastors in their latter years, have made error. It is not our position to judge his heart regarding whether or not He is saved, that is only the preeminent right of God. A good understanding of God’s election and related doctrine in His Word is clear of God’s perseverance of the saints and His keeping them. All Christians will bear “bad fruit” (sin) or teach/preach or believe erroneous or false doctrine but God in His great mercy will open their eyes to truth so they may judge righteously the fruit but not the heart. To judge one’s heart is to fall into error that the Pharisees fell into and thus placed themselves above God’s providence and working in the life of a believer. Even a cursory read of Scripture proves that. It is our responsibility to pray for those that have gone astray, including those in our own pulpits and pews that God will give them wisdom and truth from His Word and Spirit. No man has the right to judge the heart of another professing believer, only God, so our responsibility is to pray for a brother or sister who has erred so that Christ is served and we are obedient in our love and ministry to others. Unfortunately we live in a day where man has exalted himself and his judgment above the judgment of God and that is seriously dangerous. Man is placed in Christ by God’s sovereign election for His purposes, glory, and providence. No man knows God’s providence in His working in His people (i.e., Apostle Paul, Jacob, David, or you, or me, or Camping) but God alone. As a “fruit-inspector” we can say that Mr. Camping is in error in his doctrine on the subject of eschatology but we cannot usurp God by judging His heart. The Bible is clear on this. Pray for Mr. Camping and all of the other pastors/teachers and even our own hearts that we might be as biblical as is humanly possible with God’s Word in our witnessing, teaching and leading for His glory and the good of His people. Living Coram Deo.

      2. Brian, my comment is quite clear. God alone judges the heart and His Word clearly teaches that truth. A Christian’s salvation is based on grace and grace alone. Mr. Camping has a credible profession of faith for his life but like many, including many notable theologians and pastors in their latter years, have made error. It is not our position to judge his heart regarding whether or not He is saved, that is only the preeminent right of God. A good understanding of God’s election and related doctrine in His Word is clear of God’s perseverance of the saints and His keeping them. All Christians will bear “bad fruit” (sin) or teach/preach or believe erroneous or false doctrine but God in His great mercy will open their eyes to truth so they may judge righteously the fruit but not the heart. To judge one’s heart is to fall into error that the Pharisees fell into and thus placed themselves above God’s providence and working in the life of a believer. Even a cursory read of Scripture proves that. It is our responsibility to pray for those that have gone astray, including those in our own pulpits and pews that God will give them wisdom and truth from His Word and Spirit. No man has the right to judge the heart of another professing believer, only God, so our responsibility is to pray for a brother or sister who has erred so that Christ is served and we are obedient in our love and ministry to others. Unfortunately we live in a day where man has exalted himself and his judgment above the judgment of God and that is seriously dangerous. Man is placed in Christ by God’s sovereign election for His purposes, glory, and providence. No man knows God’s providence in His working in His people (i.e., Apostle Paul, Jacob, David, or you, or me, or Camping) but God alone. As a “fruit-inspector” we can say that Mr. Camping is in error in his doctrine on the subject of eschatology but we cannot usurp God by judging His heart. The Bible is clear on this. Pray for Mr. Camping and all of the other pastors/teachers and even our own hearts that we might be as biblical as is humanly possible with God’s Word in our witnessing, teaching and leading for His glory and the good of His people. Living Coram Deo.

      3. “Mr. Camping has a credible profession of faith for his life but like many, including many notable theologians and pastors in their latter years, have made error.”

        Forgive me, RW, but this is simply wrong. You are granting this to one who is an enemy of Christ. We don’t have to engage with the issue of predestination to conclude this. You keep talking about judgments of the heart like the entire matter is about election and reprobation. That’s just plain wrong. It’s about what he does, says, teaches, etc. He’s leading many astray and making a shipwreck of their faith. He’s made a frontal assault on the church, the bride of Christ, not just by saying that the church age is over but further maintaining that those who stay in the church won’t be saved. That’s to say nothing of his claiming to speak for God when he really isn’t. We’ll see that demonstrated again on May 22nd and everyone is still here. In the Old Testament, such a man would have been stoned as a false prophet. You will look in vain for a scripture proof to show that leniency would be given because the false prophet was old or because he hasn’t always been a false prophet.

        See also Matthew 7:

        15 ¶ Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
        16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
        17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
        18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
        19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
        20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them

        Don’t give Camping a pass because he once claimed to be orthodox in his theology. Don’t give him a pass because he’s old. His tree is corrupt, and brings forth evil fruit.

        I repeat, Mr. Camping needs to hear is that the wrath of God is upon him and that he needs to repent.

      4. First, you have missed the mark here still. I would suggest sir that you get into God’s Word and good theology and learn who God really is in all of His attributes. I am correct and stand on God’s Word and biblical theology. Only God can judge the heart of man, not you, not any other believer, only fruit, but not whether he is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, only God knows who are His. I think you have a misunderstanding of God’s salvation and His Word. You have put yourself on God’s throne judging and thus usurping His place as the judge of men and His providence in their lives. According to your theology even the Apostle Paul, Peter, Solomon and many, many theologians, scholars and believers would not be saved because you are basing it on works+salvation rather than God’s election and providence. You would do well to “study to show yourself approved, a workman who needs not be ashamed.” You unfortunately have shown a total lack of knowledge for good doctrine by placing yourself in God’s place as the judge of men. So then, since you have become the judge of men’s hearts, how many other believers have you cast off because they are in error or have sinned; hold to varying beliefs of eschatology and doctrine, i.e, pre-mil, post-mil, preterist, amil, etc., various forms of baptism, forms of church order and worship, singing or not singing, dress, sacraments, etc. etc. etc. You therefore become the unrighteous judge of men, rather than a merciful and just brother in praying for them if they are in error. As my theologian husband says, “men love to judge other men by their own theology rather than God’s Word and doctrine and thus become modern day Pharisees.” Judge the fruit but not the heart unless you likewise fall into the same error of erroneous doctrine. You can say a man is in sin, or he is not being biblical, orin error, etc., but you cannot look into his “thoughts and intents of the heart” and say you know whether or not he is a believer. That is reserved for God alone and thanks be to God that it is because He is the only true and righteous judge of the heart. I would suggest your doing your homework on what the Bible teaches about perseverance of the saints and God’s keeping of them. As we see it, Mr. Camping is a professing believer and has never denied his faith in Christ; is in error in eschatology and needs prayer and mercy but you, sir, cannot judge his heart nor any other believers heart. If you do, you then make yourself God and that sir, is very dangerous indeed. Thus, the only issue here is whether or not man has the right to judge another professing believer’s heart and declare whether or not he or she is a Christian. You do not know whether any man or woman, now or in the future are in the Lamb’s Book of Life, that is in God’s sovereignity, providence and election. Thanks be God that we, as sinners, were chosen in Christ BEFORE the foundation of the world and before we could do good or evil and have been placed in His Kingdom for eternity and not one, not even one, of His elect will be lost because God keeps them. They are “covered” in Christ’s righteousness and Christ alone knows who are His. With these things said, I will leave off here as to this discussion as I am a Reformed Calvinist and you lean in another direction and no amount of discussion will help you but God alone can help you understand the true nature of God’s providence in these matters. May God richly bless your understanding and give you mercy and grace for those that have fallen into sin, whether child, adult, unbeliever, professor or theologian. If you would like more discussion on doctrine, my husband would be happy to accomodate you since I am a teacher of women only.
        Living Coram Deo, TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen

        p.s. Be sure you understand the full import of your cited Scriptures as you have taken them out of context and intent of the full teaching of those subjects.

        “Those of mankind that are predestinated unto life, God, before the foundation of the world was laid, according to his eternal and immutable purpose, and the secret counsel and good pleasure of his will, hath chosen, in Christ, unto everlasting glory, out of his mere free grace and love, without any foresight of faith, or good works, or perseverance in either of them, or any other thing in the creature, as conditions, or causes moving him thereunto; and all to the praise of his glorious grace.” WCF,3

        “The most wise, righteous, and gracious God doth oftentimes leave, for a season, his own children to manifold temptations, and the corruption of their own hearts, to chastise them for their former sins, or to discover unto them the hidden strength of corruption and deceitfulness of their hearts, that they may be humbled; and, to raise them to a more close and constant dependence for their support upon himself, and to make them more watchful against all future occasions of sin, and for sundry other just and holy ends.” WCF,5

      5. Dear Theology Girl:

        Evidently I’ve upset you, and that certainly wasn’t my intention. Nonetheless, I do want you to know, with all due love and respect, that it is you that is in error here. Just so you’ll understand, I’m not a broad Evangelical who is unfamiliar with the doctrines of grace. I’ve been a thorough-going Calvinist for three decades, and believe, just like you, in these doctrines. I don’t need to “do my homework…”

        You cite the Westminster Confession, a document that I took a vow to uphold as an elder in my church back in 1988. I appreciate the fact that you apparently hold them to be true. But I must confess, until now, I’ve never seen them used in an attempt to excuse heresy.

        I’m at a total loss to understand where I took any scripture out of context.

        You said “As we see it, Mr. Camping is a professing believer and has never denied his faith in Christ; (it) is in error in eschatology”. I’m stunned that you see all this as a mere error in eschatology. I wish that were true…

        I wonder what it would take for you to concede that Mr. Camping is behaving like a child of the Adversary rather than a child of God. You are quite right, I don’t know the mysteries of God’s decrees in relation to election or reprobation. But then, I’m not supposed to. I am, however, supposed to judge words and actions, point out the wolves so that the sheep aren’t harmed, and I am certainly not supposed to grant the benefit of the doubt to those who are the enemies of Christ or His church. Camping’s profession is irrelevant; it no longer has credibility.

        If you love Mr. Camping, I still think the best thing you could do is tell him that he is in the midst of horrible sin and that he will perish if he doesn’t repent. The wrath of God is upon him because he’s a false prophet.

        Brian

      6. Brian, you still do not understand. First, I do not have any relationship with Mr. Camping or his ministry nor do I wish to, but I am a theologian under a theologian who is well versed via our Reformed denomination with Mr. Camping and his beliefs both past and present. The question is not Mr. Camping, or what he is doing, has done or will do in the future but rather: Can a believer judge the thoughts and intents of the heart of a fellow professor or believer, whether walking in truth or error as to whether or not they are or are not a child of God and commence their judgment on them and declare they are unbelievers. That is the question and what my discussion is about and we take issue with what you are saying in passing judgment. If Mr. Camping or any believer falls into error whether by word or deed or profession it is still God’s business and not ours to judge the thoughts and intents of their heart. Our business is to look at the fruit, make a righteous judgment of the error or sin and then pray for the brother or sister and ask for God’s mercy to lead them to repentance. We do not have the authority to say they are devils or heathen or unbelievers as that would put us all in that category each and every moment of every day that we or our children sin, and we do sin. God forbid that we judged our children to be unsaved every time they rebelled and would not repent. If you are well-read of Calvin and the church fathers, as well as the OT books, you know that we were considered unbelievers by the church and believers of the day because we did not believe in their particular type of religion or had varying versions of it. This is why it is so important that we do not play God with pronouncements of judgement upon another believer and even if the church declares the fruit to be bad in a believer, the church can discipline them, cast him or her out of the church and treat them as an unbeliever to bring them to repentance, all the while praying, but they cannot become the judge of the thoughts and intents of the heart, nor see the heart, or know God’s providence in that believer or remove them from their eternal salvation. The goal is always, without exception, to bring them to repentance. Today we struggle with “like-minded” fellow Christians over the doctrines of baptism and election and many, as you know, are called “unbelievers” because of it. Thus, the question is still the fact that we do not know the heart and mind of God’s providence in election and the “steps ordered” by God for each individual for His glory. We can only look at the Scriptures and see it is full of believers who failed in their walk but God kept them by His providential hand and their being “in-Christ.” Mr. Camping is a professing believer, he has not denied his relationship with Christ, and just like any other professing believer who is a sinner saved by grace and grace alone and in error. He is in error but man cannot judge whether he is saved or not because of that error and proclaim to the world that he is a heretic or heathen by their unrighteous judgment (only God’s judgment is righteous, ours is filled with error and sin and self-centeredness). They can only declare that the fruit is bad, the doctrine in error, their sin is open to all, and to refrain from communication or learning from such person and pray for the purity of God’s church. The Lord tells that we are not to call one unclean whom He has cleansed. The Apostle Paul and many a believer has sinned in unbelief or ignorance of doctrine or truth and there will always be men who fail in their walk with Christ, teachers especially, but God’s election will stand. Thus, we cannot declare a professing Christian an unbeliever and judge the heart and whether they are in the Lamb’s Book of Life, only God can. It’s as simple as that.

        The Westminister Confession of Faith, as you well know, is not being used to “support” a heresy but rather to show by the test of time of the church fathers that these things will be but they are in God’s providence alone and His working in the lives of believers. You err in your discernment as to me and my responses so I can see why you misunderstand the initial discourse and doctrinal support.

        As to my credentials, I am 25 years in doctrinal and practical theology, nouthetic counselling, languages, serving Christ’s church in Reformed theology, a teacher and author, written 25 books and well-versed in Scripture and theology in the Reformed faith. As a Calvinist, I subscribe to the Bible, the Confessions and the historic Christian faith. Like many of my sisters and brothers, I am saddened whenever a believer falls into a public sin in such a way to discredit God’s church but, as a one who has received mercy, I pray for all that Christ would work in their hearts for His glory and their good and give each one of us the humility to walk circumspectly and not become “god-like” in our judgments of the heart of another professing believer. God alone is judge and the Savior of His people.

      7. I have a number of responses to your last comment, but they’ll have to wait until later. For now, I would ask on what ground you are judging Mr. Camping’s heart to be cleansed? You are pretty quick to say I’m judging his heart…if that’s true, then you are doing the same. Your judgment just happens to be positive (erroneously so, I still maintain) where mine is negative. Any good reformed theologian would reject the notion that anyone is a Christian merely because he says he is. The credibility of Camping’s profession has been nullified by his words and his deeds. I already said that it’s plausible that Mr. Camping could be of the elect (after all, it is said that even Ted Bundy and Jeffery Dahmer repented at the end), but for the moment, where’s the fruit of Mr. Camping’s conversion? Where, at present, is the evidence of the new creature in Christ? It’s folly to call him a Christian at this juncture, even if he is one of God’s elect. He remains and enemy of Christ and His church.

      8. Brian, we can see that you are persistent in debate that is not edifying thus all future discussion regarding this subject is closed as to TG’s commentary.

      9. Mr. Myers, as TG’s husband I would suggest that you cease in your continued “folly” and argumentative responses to my wife and perhaps school yourself in proper decorum and respect toward Christian women. She has respectfully requested that the discussion be ended insofar as she is concerned and I would suggest that you do that immediately.

      10. TG Husband:

        1) Where was I disrespectful to your wife?
        2) You needn’t have replied. This is my blog post, not yours. You seem to be telling me not to comment any more on my own post. You don’t have to read it…
        3) How is it my responses are “argumentative” (I take it you mean in some sinful way) and yours and your wife’s are not?
        4) Her “respectful request” said I persist in debate that was not for edification. I believe there is a negative implication there as well. I didn’t appreciate her saying that, but I’m a big boy and I can take it.
        5) I think the reason your wife has been annoyed at what I have been writing in this string is simply that I didn’t agree with her, and told her that she was wrong. I’ve done my best to explain why I think she’s wrong. I didn’t engage in any ad hominem attacks on her, and actually communicated my disagreement to her with “all due love and respect” and told her I didn’t intend to upset her (it’s in my third comment).

        In short, I don’t understand why I’m being treated like the bad guy here. And I would point out again that the real bad guy is Harold Camping. He’s the one who has denied the gospel (by adopting annihilationism), denied the clear teaching of scripture with his date-setting (see Mark 13:32, Matt. 24:36), become a false prophet for the same reason (relative to 1994 and 5-21-11), and finally making a frontal assault on the church, the bride of Christ, by asserting that the church age is over and anyone who remains in it cannot be saved. What havoc he has caused in the church.

        Brian

      11. TG Husband:

        1) Where was I disrespectful to your wife?
        2) You needn’t have replied. This is my blog post, not yours. You seem to be telling me not to comment any more on my own post. You don’t have to read it…
        3) How is it my responses are “argumentative” (I take it you mean in some sinful way) and yours and your wife’s are not?
        4) Her “respectful request” said I persist in debate that was not for edification. I believe there is a negative implication there as well. I didn’t appreciate her saying that, but I’m a big boy and I can take it.
        5) I think the reason your wife has been annoyed at what I have been writing in this string is simply that I didn’t agree with her, and told her that she was wrong. I’ve done my best to explain why I think she’s wrong. I didn’t engage in any ad hominem attacks on her, and actually communicated my disagreement to her with “all due love and respect” and told her I didn’t intend to upset her (it’s in my third comment).

        In short, I don’t understand why I’m being treated like the bad guy here. And I would point out again that the real bad guy is Harold Camping. He’s the one who has denied the gospel (by adopting annihilationism), denied the clear teaching of scripture with his date-setting (see Mark 13:32, Matt. 24:36), become a false prophet for the same reason (relative to 1994 and 5-21-11), and finally making a frontal assault on the church, the bride of Christ, by asserting that the church age is over and anyone who remains in it cannot be saved. What havoc he has caused in the church.

        Brian

      12. I have a number of responses to your last comment, but they’ll have to wait until later. For now, I would ask on what ground you are judging Mr. Camping’s heart to be cleansed? You are pretty quick to say I’m judging his heart…if that’s true, then you are doing the same. Your judgment just happens to be positive (erroneously so, I still maintain) where mine is negative. Any good reformed theologian would reject the notion that anyone is a Christian merely because he says he is. The credibility of Camping’s profession has been nullified by his words and his deeds. I already said that it’s plausible that Mr. Camping could be of the elect (after all, it is said that even Ted Bundy and Jeffery Dahmer repented at the end), but for the moment, where’s the fruit of Mr. Camping’s conversion? Where, at present, is the evidence of the new creature in Christ? It’s folly to call him a Christian at this juncture, even if he is one of God’s elect. He remains and enemy of Christ and His church.

  3. Mr.Camping is wrong. No one can convince him of that though. The only things that will convince him is May 22nd. His allegorical interpreation allows a great deal of freedom and “wiggle room” when challenged with a tough question.
    I feel very sorry for him and his followers. I think him to be sincere, sadly very confused.
    God created us and knows best how to communicate with His creation, clear, common sense and literal. No secret codes, mathematical calculations or hidden meanings are needed to understand nearly all of the Bible. Prayer, the gift of the Holy Spirit and just plain reading with common sense work pretty well, me thinks.
    May the peace, grace and wisdom of Jesus Christ be with us all.

  4. Camping has displayed an arrogance that is hard to believe.
    When asked if anyone else arrived at the same date he hemmed and hawed. He finally admits he maybe the only one EVER however untold thousands(yeah right) agree after reading his nonsense. Basically, Camping is a projection of himself as God. I.E. God wrote the bible so it would be readily misunderstood. When Jesus ref to nobody but the FATHER alone knows, not even the son…HC has to come up with some mysterious OTHER…he finally gives up by admitting….God put this in the bible to snare us. Totally ignoring grammar he deems everythingf a “parable.” In his warpped mind up can be down and circles flat. Ask him a question and he rants and diverts until U forget what the question was. Thank God we are almost there!There is already a contingency plan in the works….Madness morphing, shuck and jive are the only outcome. Seriously do you think Family Radio staff or whatever they are will cash in their chips? Do U really think assets will be liquidated? Why not sell everything they own and invest in the next few weeks? Camping will still live like some bloated parasite feeding on the vulerabilities of those blinded by the god of this world. Harold will certainly have an answer on May 22 as to WHY the rapture did not occur. He will even take credit for warning the Ninevites staving off God’s judgement.
    Anybody falling for this guy stuff clearly r vulerable,self demeaning people. Perhaps,maybe if I grovel enough I will be saved. But ask HC…..he IS saved. God open the eyes of these deluded followers.

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Being Outraged at the NFL is a Waste of Time

Kelvey Vander Hart: Conservatives getting their feathers ruffled by NFL protests during the National Anthem is an absolute waste of their time.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon: Self-Glorying

British pastor Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) addresses how mature Christ-followers should view…