Saturday, May 14, 2011

Does the World End Next Saturday?

In a word, no.  But that doesn't stop anti-church radio (false) prophet Harold Camping from setting another date for the end of the world, this time May 21, 2011

The last time around Camping set a date of September 6, 1994.  And nothing happened.  But now he knows for sure, at least according to his website, radio show, and a small army of street protesters.  But in the end he's going to be exposed (again) as a false teacher and I'm still going to write a sermon for May 22. 

Camping, and others like him, has been dangerous for a long time, teaching that people should leave the supposedly apostate church and listen to his radio program instead.  He frightens weak-minded people and twists the scriptures with his idiosyncratic dating system.  Now he's pulled out all the stops to advertise the end (actually May 21 is his date for the rapture, and October 21 is the end of the world, he says) and he guarantees that he can't be wrong!

Just like other date-setters, Camping will be exposed (again) and he'll make excuses (again).  Will his rapture be invisible?  Will he and his followers have been left behind to warn us until October?  Or will he just retire quietly with other people's money?  His "guarantee" is going to be hard to explain away, but maybe he'll come clean, join a church, and donate all of his money to the Christian Research Institute.


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One other note:  Why are all of these guys about the same age?  Camping, Jack Van Impe, Hal Lindsey, and Tim LaHaye are all in their 80's.  Edgar Whisenant, who famously wrote 88 Reasons Why the Rapture will be in 1988, died in 2001 but would have turned 80 next year.  Was there something in the water back in the day?

1 comment:

Mayra said...

Did anyone see the picture of the controversial billboard that was recently put up by another spiritual group near Family Radio’s headquarters? It directly challenges them about May 21. Here is a picture of it:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/62779138@N08/5708063636