Harold Camping Asks for Forgiveness for End of the World Predictions
Last year, Harold Camping, a Christian radio broadcaster and president of Family Stations, Inc., caused quite a stir in the news when he insisted that the beginning of the end of the world would occur in May 2011, and the ultimate end in October 2011. Earlier this week in a letter (click on “An Important Letter”) to his listeners, however, Mr. Camping humbly asked for forgiveness for his bold but wrong predictions.
According to the board of Family Radio, its desire was to mail out the letter to listeners before posting it to its website, but “Because it was leaked to the internet without our authorization, we have made the decision to post it immediately to avoid confusion.”
Posting this letter must have been a humbling experience for Mr. Camping and his followers. Last year, some avid followers forsook their daily affairs to devote themselves to spreading the message and warning the world to get ready for Christ’s return and for the end of the world. ‘We now realize that those people who were calling our attention to the Bible’s statement that “of that day and hour knoweth no man” (Matthew 24:36 & Mark 13:32), were right in their understanding of those verses and Family Radio was wrong,’ the letter stated.
Though Mr. Camping and the board believe some good came out of his errant predictions because they exposed many people to the subject of Christ’s return for the first time, my contention is that false prophecies do far more bad than good. Those of us who have been entrusted with the ministry of teaching and preaching the Bible must do so responsibly. I realize that preachers and Bible teachers are not perfect, and perhaps no one’s theology is without some error.
But in the case of those who are so bold as to give an exact date that Christ will gather His followers to Himself and of the end of this present age, they are without excuse. The Bible is clear that no one knows the day or the hour. According to Mr. Camping’s letter, “Family Radio has no interest in even considering another date.” How great it would be if everyone else followed that lead. But I know; that's just not gonna happen.
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