Skip to comments.Harold Camping Should Publicly Repent, Says Christian Leader
Posted on 05/22/2011 5:36:24 AM PDT by don-o
Harold Camping needs to publicly apologize for being wrong about his doomsday prediction and leading people astray, said a Southern Baptist leader.
The California radio broadcasters wrong prediction about the rapture and the end of the world reflected poorly on Christians, said Ed Stetzer, president of the Southern Baptist Conventions LifeWay Research and LifeWays missiologist in residence.
Stetzer issued a series of tweets about Campings eschatological prediction on Saturday, among which one noted that there was no earthquake in New Zealand after 6 p.m.
Harold Camping, pls update www.family.radio.com w/your repentance statement & instructions to your now-broke followers, Stetzer tweeted.
An hour later he tweeted again, 6pm here in Turkey. Im standing at the Temple of Athena waiting for the Rapture. Nothing happened. ;-)
For months, followers of the 89-year-old Camping, who previously wrongly predicted the rapture would occur in September 1994, have been warning that the rapture would occur on May 21, 2011. Supporters would hold placards on busy streets in major cities that read: Judgment Day May 21, 2011.
Family Radio, a non-profit Christian radio network headed by Camping, was the name seen on the placards, bus ads, billboards and in media coverage on the May 21 prediction.
But surprisingly, many within the California-based radio network do not believe that the first phase of the end of the world begins Saturday.
I dont believe in any of this stuff thats going on, and I plan on being here next week, a receptionist identified as Esther at the groups headquarters in Oakland, Calif., told CNNMoney.
Esther said some of her co-workers who believe in Campings prediction had bought expensive cars or taken their families on vacation ahead of May 21.
In New York, follower Robert Fitzpatrick, 60, spent his entire $140,000 life savings on 1,000 subway-car placards and ads at bus stops warning about May 21. The ads read: Global Earthquake: The Greatest Ever! Judgment Day May 21, 2011.
Another Camping follower, 27-year-old Adrienne Martinez, was planning to go to medical school but decided not to after listening to Family Radio. Martinez and her husband, Joel, had lived in New York City but a year ago quit their jobs and moved to Orlando. They spent their time reading the Bible and distributing tracts, according to NPR. They have a two-year-old daughter and a second child due next month.
We budgeted everything so that, on May 21, we wont have anything left, Adrienne said to NPR.
While some of Campings listeners are all-in when it comes to his rapture prediction, Family Radios Esther estimates that 80 percent of her co-workers dont believe their own boss about May 21, according to CNNMoney.
The receptionist is still scheduling appointments for her co-workers after Saturday.
Family Radio has about 350 paid staff working to run 66 radio stations across the nation. The networks financial documents, according to CNNMoney, shows that it received $80 million in contributions between 2005 and 2009. But Camping, according to documents, has not been paid a penny from the contributions. He has worked as a volunteer at Family Radio.
Google search brings almost five thousand “recent” articles (including blogs) for search on “Where is Harold Camping?”
Looks like I’ll be taking that new Corvette back to the dealer this morning.
The lesson: There is no shortage of fools in this world.
Uh, by what authority is such a demand made? That would require a magisterium, wouldn’t it? Anyone ever heard of a “Baptist magisterium”?
The man’s 89 years old! He’s not going to need the rapture soon!
Where is Harold Camping?
Maybe he was the only guy who got ‘taken’. The rest of us just have to survive all the earthly cataclysms. LOL!
Yo Adrienne, even Family Radio did not go this far. You and Joel are idiots.
I have totally blanked out anything about this supposed cultist doomsday event but I am just beginning to wonder if I underestimate the amount of people that felt it truly possible.
Reason I wonder is this, two days ago an ex co-worker got ahold of me and literally gave away his 1985 Chevy K5 Blazer, it runs but has some issues, its ugly and needs a paint job, but the title and keys are now in my hand, not a penny spent on my part.
I just kinda wonder, why? he says he just cannot fix it and even then when he said that it felt just not right.
Anyway now I have a 4WD for one of my teen aged kids.
Thig gig wasn’t cool one bit.
Very good point. There are legions of Lone Rangers out there with their Bibles and their credos. In that world, one man's opinion as good as any other. It is what it is. (Doncha just LOVE that expression?)
Just to clarify for some: Family Radio is NOT the same as Family Life Radio (http://www.myflr.org/information.asp?TopicID=7251).
“Harold Camping Should Publicly Repent, Says Christian Leader”
This guy too, much like the duty drunks on all the online ‘blast the other guy’sites, badmouthing anyone else who simply has a differing belief from the esteemed No.! (self)...
nothing new under the sun....
One repents of sin. Why should he repent of being honestly, totally, dead wrong? (Or freepin’ bats.) He could apologize for being mistaken, but that’s different.
Unless it was a swindle, of course, but he seemed to believe in it himself.
Camping should be exposed for what he is.
A lot of people are going to be hurt over this.
You don’t need “authority” from a church organization to rebuke someone claiming to be Christian who does damage to the cause of Christ. And there have been Popes who needed rebuking as well...
No wonder the “left” laughs at religion.
NB the not surprising thread hijack. The thread is not about Popes (capital P). We are discussing the (little p) popes - plural.