For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.
Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 3:1-7)
Harold Camping Is Responsible For Huge Damage Injuring Innocent Gullible People
As an online apologetics and discernment work people are turning to more and more while spiritual blindness grows and superstitions replace proper Biblical theology Apprising Ministries continues covering a glut of compromise infiltrating the visible church.
Therefore, I don’t find it all that surprising any more when I see professing Christians who ought to know better becoming taken up with lunacy in the Lord’s Name such as A durable doomsday preacher predicts the world’s end — again.
This March 2011 report from USA Today brings out that:
If preacher Harold Camping is right, that’s the exact date Jesus will return and the righteous will fly up to heaven, leaving behind only their clothes.
That will be followed by five months of fire, brimstone and plagues, with millions of people dying each day and corpses piling in the streets.
Finally, on Oct. 21, the world ends exactly as the Book of Revelation says it will — with a bottomless pit, a lake of fire and, at last, a new heaven and new earth. (Online source)
Well, isn’t that special. This bears every imprint of the enemy of men’s souls; just enough truth for the spiritually gullible to grasp onto as a lifeline they hope will help them avoid having to follow the admonition of Jesus Christ to His genuine Christians — “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you” (John 20:21).
From Scriptures such as this we advance the idea that the Christian is to be out in the world about God’s business while at the same time not being of this world. If you’re not familiar with the false prophet Harold Camping, here’s some background for you from Phil Johnson, executive director of Grace to You, which is the ministry of John MacArthur.
Camping is president of something called Family Radio and under Really Bad Theology in his Bookmarks Johnson tells us:
Since no one has noticed Christ Jesus has returned to earth, it’s a pretty safe thing to say this is a false prophecy; and since what a prophet actually sent by God says will always come about, no Christian should pay any attention whatsoever to this false prophet.
As you can see, Harold Camping is a monumental fail when it comes to the prophetic office even though in his goodbye letter below he even associates himself with the Apostle Paul:
Well, Camping may fail as a prophet but he sure can turn a profit. For you see, in Doomsday church: Still open for business yesterday CNN Money tells us that “the total worth of Family Radio (referred to as Family Stations on its official forms) [is] at $72 million.”
Harold Camping and his devoted followers claim a massive earthquake will mark the second coming of Jesus, or so-called Judgment Day on Saturday, May 21, ushering in a five month period of catastrophes before the world comes to a complete end in October.
At the center of it all, Camping’s organization, Family Radio, is perfectly happy to take your money — and in fact, received $80 million in contributions between 2005 and 2009. Camping founded Family Radio, a nonprofit Christian radio network based in Oakland, Calif. with about 65 stations across the country, in 1958…
According to their most recent IRS filings, Family Radio is almost entirely funded by donations, and brought in $18 million in contributions in 2009 alone…
Camping first inaccurately predicted the world would end in 1994. Even so, he has gathered even more followers — some who have given up their homes, entire life savings and their jobs because they believe the world is ending. (Online source)
Herein lies the heart of this matter; as in our opening text, Camping is most certainly among those who creep into households and capture weak women. And not only women; this also includes those who do not know their Bibles.
That’s why these false prophets like Harold Camping can so easily prey upon them because they’re so easily led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.
It’s not hard to find some humor in this Doomsday prophecy from Harold Camping; however, I also encourage you to also be praying for those who’ll be devastated to still find themselves standing upon terra firma on Sunday morning.