Skip to comments.An Open Letter to Harold Camping (From James White, the man who debated him)
Posted on 05/24/2011 8:44:52 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
On Open Letter to Harold Camping of Family Radio
Dear Mr. Camping:
In July of 2009 you and I engaged in a debate on the Iron Sharpens Iron radio program concerning your teaching that the church age had ended and that Christ would return on May 21, 2011. I trust you recall our exchange. I am also aware that you have at least seen my book, Dangerous Airwaves: Harold Camping Refuted and Christ's Church Defended. I have been seeking to warn people about your teachings, sir, for about a decade. I know others have been warning the church about you longer than I.
Mr. Camping I am writing to seek your repentance and the most God-glorifying outcome of the debacle of your failed May 21, 2011 prophecy/teaching. I am not writing to engage in debate with you. The time for debate ended on May 22, 2011. It is now time to urge you to repent and seek to undo the massive damage you have done, first and foremost, to the cause of Christ.
Let me first list the items you need to repent of, openly and publicly (for you are a public person, and your teachings were disseminated all around the world).
You need to repent of your abuse of the Bible, based upon claims of latter-day opening of understandings no one else has, allegedly, ever had, based upon the horrific misreading of the books of Revelation and Daniel. The Bible is not a code book, Mr. Camping, and it never has been. You have attacked the grammatical/historical means of honoring the intention and meaning of the original authors, and in so doing, have turned the Bible into your own private playground where you, and you alone, set the rules. You decided that certain numbers have certain meanings, and you alone decided which numbers could be added to others. You told your audiences that you were simply teaching the Bible, when you were doing nothing of the sort. Unless you honor the intention of the original authors, which means doing difficult exegetical work, studying languages and backgrounds, you have no business saying you are representing the Bible. This has been your primary error for decades on end, and I know I am not the first minister of the gospel to seek to correct you about this. Your utterly fallacious means of interpretation of the Bible has led to the mockery of the Christian faith all around the world, and you alone must repent for your willful rejection of the correction offered by many to you over the years.
You need to repent of your repeated date-setting, and your twisting of those Scriptures that plainly state that we do not now know, and will never know, the date of the coming of Christ, until it happens. You have been proven wrong multiple times now, and it is time for you to admit that you have been in error every single time you have argued that we can, in fact, know.
You must repent of your many unbiblical teachings, teachings which have grown out of your rebellion against Christ's Church. First and foremost, you must repent of your attack upon the church. You must return to the church (I would suggest the local Christian Reformed Church from which you made your original defection) in repentance and seek to place yourself under their care, repenting for your schism. You must openly and publicly abjure your teaching that Satan rules in the churches, and that all ministers of the gospel since 1988 are, in fact, servants of Satan. You must call all listeners of Family Radio to return to their churches with repentant hearts. You must instruct them to seek to learn to read the Bible aright, to seek to interpret the Bible in light of its original meanings and intention, not as a secret, gnostic code-book.
You must likewise abjure and repent of the other false teachings you have been promulgating, including, but not limited to, such teachings as Jesus having died twice, your new annihilationism teaching, etc. You once held to mainly orthodox views, but, when you refused godly counsel and went out on your own, you planted the seeds of your own destruction, which have now sprouted, over night it seems, into the crop of condemnation you now rightly face.
You must likewise repent of the perversion of the gospel you have been teaching, wherein you have not only removed repentance and faith under the guise of "works" (neither are works, both are the gifts of God to His elect by His Spirit, but remain part and parcel of the gospel call), but you clearly, in these last days, added belief in your own May 21, 2011 teaching to the gospel itself, saying that those who did not believe this teaching would experience eternal torment. You have been preaching a false gospel, Mr. Camping, and you must repent for this.
The time for haggling and debating has passed, Mr. Camping. Your teaching has been disproven, and your only hope is to be found in complete repentance from your false teachings. I fear if you seek to rescue your reputation, you will end your life under the wrath of God. Your unwillingness to listen to counsel has already caused great damage to the cause of Christ. You have one final chance for redemption, sir. Do not remain stiff-necked. Repent and turn from your ways.
James White Alpha and Omega Ministries
Unfortunately Camping has spiritualized his latest failure, only to see it repeated in October.
That’s a very interesting billboard. I wonder where the ad was placed and who spent the money to put it up...
I think mr. camping also received a ton of money as part of this scam.
The first and foremost demand should be the return of those monies.
And now he is looking to cash in again...?
I guest Gene Scott wasn’t wrong when he spent years not doing any preaching but just demanding money. Angrily. Yet people sent it in.
Face it folks — no matter what we do for a living there will never be better cash prospects (tax-free!) than media-based preaching!
I wish I was as attractive in R/L as my words are on the interwebz, dangit! ;) :)
RE: Unfortunately Camping has spiritualized his latest failure, only to see it repeated in October.
If you listen to his explanations, it is interesting that Camping completely avoids any kind of plain reading of the bible and refuses to take its plain meaning.
Everything has to be in the form of some kind of mathematical formula that must be dissected and understood through complex calculations.
The sad part is that after he proves himself a false prophet, people are still going to listen to him. These people are like liberals... they continue to believe things that have been proven to be false.
$250 for a day? 10 people $25?
Heck for a massive “I told ya so ya cheating liar” I would pony up a 1/4 of a C-note.
>>These people are like liberals... they continue to believe things that have been proven to be false.<<
True — camping should run for president.
Vegas could start a numbers game to see who can guess Camping’s next date, the one after October 21.
I’m interested in hearing from Camping’s faithful proselytes who couldn’t bring themselves to face the possibility their prophet was wrong.
Here the challenge, can you love your enemy? That’s what we are supposed to do. I think we are supposed to pray for Camping.
The man is pure demonic evil. His mission is to discredit Christianity and to ruin lives and families.
So far, he is accomplishing his goals.
Every bit of money given to him should be returned and his false Church should be disassembled.
I'm sorry but I just can't agree.
(A fool and his money ...)
And who said a man couldn’t make a buck in this crippled economy. Good for him. /s
When the plain sense of scripture make plain sense, seek no other sense.
James White has debated and has been calling out this Camping nutball for weeks.
I see more and more posting like this. Can't we try to be a bit more sensible? and also line up with Christian teaching?
After all, there IS Scripture about Who is the Discerner of man's hearts.
Hint: It ain't me, babe (Bob Dylan in 70!)
The OP is a well written rebuke - as far as one sola can try to rope in another sola.