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FINALLY: Family Radio Founder Harold Camping Repents, Apologizes for False Teachings
Christian Post ^ | 10/30/2011 | By Nicola Menzie

Posted on 10/31/2011 7:02:36 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

With his speech sounding somewhat slurred and labored, Family Radio Stations Inc. founder and chairman Harold Camping sought to address in a recent message why Christ failed to return on Oct. 21 as the Bible teacher had predicted. Camping confessed, after decades of falsely misleading his followers, that he was wrong and regrets his misdeeds.

In addition to attempting to correct his erroneous teachings on the Rapture and God's day of final judgment on the world, Camping, 90, also confessed, "incidentally," that he was wrong to claim that God had stopped saving people after May 21 – the date which God's so-called "spiritual" judgment had begun.

This is undoubtedly a radical shift for Camping, who has staunchly claimed since 1992 that he had discovered a special numerical system in the Bible that allowed him to calculate the exact dates of certain events, such as the Great Flood, the Crucifixion and the day of Jesus Christ's return to Earth.

Camping first falsely predicted that the world would end on Sept. 6, 1994, then again on May 21, 2011, and finally on Oct. 21.

When Camping's final doomsday predication failed to come to pass, Family Radio soon removed its teachings regarding the failed May 21 rapture, which also included the claim that God had stopped saving people after that date and that the world was headed for a final judgment on Oct. 21.

On Oct. 24, 2011, The Christian Post also reported in an exclusive interview with a member of Camping's Bible ministry that the Alameda, Calif., Bible teacher was no longer able to lead Family Radio or his ministry.

A transcript of the audio message, published to Family Radio's website on Oct. 28, 2011, is below:

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We're living in a day when one problem follows another. And when it comes to trying to recognize the truth of prophecy, we're finding that it is very very difficult.

Why didn't Christ return on Oct. 21? It seems embarrassing for Family Radio. But God was in charge of everything. We came to that conclusion after quite careful study of the Bible. He allowed everything to happen the way it did without correction. He could have stopped everything if He had wanted to.

I am very encouraged by letters that I have received and [am] receiving at this time concerning this matter. Amongst other things I have been checking my notes more carefully than ever. And I do find that there is other language in the Bible that we still have to look at very carefully and will impinge upon this question very definitely. And we should be very patient about this matter. At least in a minimal way we are learning to walk more and more humble before God.

We're ready to cry out and weep before God: 'Oh Lord, you have the truth, we don't have it. You have the truth.' And this is another place where we have to cry out for... There's one thing that we must remember – God is in charge of this whole business, and we are not. What God wants to tell us is His business. When He wants to tell us is His business. In the meanwhile, God is allowing us to continue to cry to Him for mercy – oh my, how we need His mercy – and continue to wait on Him. God has not left us. God is still God. But we have to be very careful that we don't dictate to God what He should do.

In our search in the Bible, we must continue to look to the Bible, look to the Bible. Because there is where truth comes from. And God in His own timetable and in His own purposes will reveal truth to us when it's His time to do it. In any case, we do not have to have a feeling of calamity or a feeling that God has abandoned us. We are simply learning. And sometimes it's painful to learn. We are learning how God brings His messages to mankind, and my my, we have claimed to be a child of God, and therefore as we search the Bible, we're bound to feel the darts of the Lord. Sometimes He gives us the truth and sometimes He gives us something that causes us to wait further upon Him.

Whatever we do, we must not feel for a moment that we have been abandoned by God – that He is no longer helping us or interested in us. Oh my, what an encouragement it is to go to the Lord again and again – "Oh Lord, I don't know anything. You teach me." And that's the attitude that has to be apart of each one of us. And God will not abandon us, He will provide, but we have to be just very careful that we don't dictate to him when that has to happen.

Incidentally, I have been told that I said back in May that people who did not believe that May 21 should not be the rapture date, probably had not been saved. I should not have said that, and I apologize for that. One thing we know for certain, is that God is merciful, merciful beyond anything that we would ever expect. And so, we can pray constantly, and should be praying constantly: "Oh Lord, we look to Thee for Thine mercy, and we're so thankful that we know that Thou art so merciful."

How wonderful to know that God is still on the throne, that He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords and that He hears every one of our prayers. And let's not hesitate, let's be, if anything, let's pray more than ever for God's mercy, and keep praying and God will provide. But God is in charge, and we must always keep that in mind.


TOPICS: Current Events; Evangelical Christian; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: campingworks4satan; haroldcamping; repentance


Harold Camping responds to his failed May 21 Judgment Day prediction during a press conference Monday, May 23, 2011, at Family Radio headquarters in Oakland, Calif.
1 posted on 10/31/2011 7:02:41 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

How about, "I am a senile old crank, don't listen to me." That should work.

2 posted on 10/31/2011 7:06:23 AM PDT by Paradox (The rich SHOULD be paying more taxes, and they WOULD, if they could make more money.)
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To: SeekAndFind

If he is sincere, I commend him. It takes a big and not proud man to admit he was so wrong and he didn’t understand what was being said.


3 posted on 10/31/2011 7:07:11 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk

—If he is sincere, I commend him. It takes a big and not proud man to admit he was so wrong and he didn’t understand what was being said.—

Dittos.


4 posted on 10/31/2011 7:10:35 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Ahh, come on Harold! Don't a let a couple minor setbacks get you down! There still the doomsday December 21st 2012 bandwagon you could jump on!
5 posted on 10/31/2011 7:10:44 AM PDT by apillar
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To: cuban leaf

As a Christian, I forgive him. Let those who never misspoke or said something they now regret throw the stones. I won’t...


6 posted on 10/31/2011 7:14:21 AM PDT by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: SeekAndFind

7 posted on 10/31/2011 7:14:55 AM PDT by HerrBlucher
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To: SeekAndFind

Didn’t his ministry take in something like $18Million in donations? Wasn’t there one person who committed suicide on the May 21st date and another lady who killed her animals and tried to kill her kid due to this guy?


8 posted on 10/31/2011 7:17:28 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: Russ

I guess those who lost their life savings to this fool can’t
throw stones?


9 posted on 10/31/2011 7:18:55 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: yldstrk
If he is sincere, I commend him. It takes a big and not proud man to admit he was so wrong and he didn’t understand what was being said.

My thoughts exactly - it takes a man of integrity and courage to publically appologize for his mistakes.

10 posted on 10/31/2011 7:19:57 AM PDT by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: Hodar

IF he is sincere..........


11 posted on 10/31/2011 7:22:12 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: SeekAndFind
News: Family Radio Stations Inc. founder and chairman Harold Camping sought to address in a recent message why Christ failed to return on Oct. 21 as the Bible teacher had predicted. Camping confessed, after decades of falsely misleading his followers, that he was wrong and regrets his misdeeds.

In addition to attempting to correct his erroneous teachings on the Rapture and God's day of final judgment on the world, Camping, 90, also confessed, "incidentally," that he was wrong to claim that God had stopped saving people after May 21 – the date which God's so-called "spiritual" judgment had begun.

Camping: "Why didn't Christ return on Oct. 21? It seems embarrassing for Family Radio. But God was in charge of everything. We came to that conclusion after quite careful study of the Bible. He allowed everything to happen the way it did without correction. He could have stopped everything if He had wanted to....

....Incidentally, I have been told that I said back in May that people who did not believe that May 21 should not be the rapture date, probably had not been saved. I should not have said that, and I apologize for that.

I think the news is reading more into his speech than is really there....

12 posted on 10/31/2011 7:22:17 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2703506/posts?page=518#518)
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To: SeekAndFind

Having read this statement it sounds to me like he is only apologizing for saying people wouldn’t be saved after his May rapture date. He doesn’t sound very apologetic about the rest of his predictions - only that he is still “learning”.

Camping is a loon. It is a mystery to me how so many people manage to be so gullible to believe in date-setters and other charlatans.


13 posted on 10/31/2011 7:29:10 AM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: SeekAndFind

I wouldn’t call it careful study but rather a bizarre set of unfounded calculations. There are significant signs of the times but one cannot predict the day nor hour.


14 posted on 10/31/2011 7:38:20 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: mnehring
>> Didn’t his ministry take in something like $18Million in donations? <<

Wow!

If (a) true, if (b) there's any justice in the world, and if (c) Family Radio (FR?) is a sincerely Christian organization, then I say the money ought to be refunded to the donors.

Or alternatively, where are all those California class-action tort lawyers when we really need them?

15 posted on 10/31/2011 7:39:20 AM PDT by Hawthorn
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To: SeekAndFind

I really don’t see any apology in the statement, except the one where he said no one would be saved after May 21. I read no apology or repentance in it otherwise.


16 posted on 10/31/2011 7:44:12 AM PDT by Godzilla (3/7/77)
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To: SeekAndFind

“But God was in charge of everything. We came to that conclusion after quite careful study of the Bible. He allowed everything to happen the way it did without correction. He could have stopped everything if He had wanted to. “

The headline said he was repenting, not doubling down and blaming God for his failures. This is one of the lamest excuses I’ve ever read.


17 posted on 10/31/2011 7:55:18 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: SeekAndFind

He has done more for satan than Christ.


18 posted on 10/31/2011 7:58:50 AM PDT by NoLibZone (Occupy is the DNC's use of children,indigent & infirm to push back TeaParty calls for smaller gov't)
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To: Hawthorn

My memory was wrong, it wasn’t $18Million, it was $80Million.
http://money.cnn.com/2011/05/19/news/economy/may-21-end-of-the-world-finances-harold-camping/index.htm


19 posted on 10/31/2011 8:00:49 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: Hawthorn
"I say the money ought to be refunded to the donors."

I completely agree.

20 posted on 10/31/2011 8:01:02 AM PDT by Rashputin (Obama stark, raving, mad, and even his security people know it.)
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To: Dr. Ursus

Why feel sorry for them? They made their choice.


21 posted on 10/31/2011 8:18:42 AM PDT by LevinFan
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To: yldstrk

People who claim to have God speaking to them often are more full of themselves than any higher power.


22 posted on 10/31/2011 8:21:51 AM PDT by Nextrush (President Sarah Palin sounds just right to me)
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To: SeekAndFind

Here’s the quick translation: Donations fell like a rock after the world failed to end on time, and the old bible thumper just hasn’t got it in him to try again.


23 posted on 10/31/2011 8:32:34 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: SeekAndFind

Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Matthew 25:13

We are to keep watch. He commands us to. So let’s encourage one another to keep awake and stay frosty. But any date setting is a recipe for disaster and is fraught with pride.


24 posted on 10/31/2011 9:34:03 AM PDT by Dogbert41 (Israel is real:))
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To: cuban leaf

—If he is sincere, I commend him. It takes a big and not proud man to admit he was so wrong and he didn’t understand what was being said.—

*I would say it takes a humble man to admit he is wrong, Proud is definitely not the right word here.


25 posted on 10/31/2011 9:57:59 AM PDT by thesaleboat (Pray The Rosary Daily)
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26 posted on 10/31/2011 10:21:58 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: thesaleboat

I had to read it closely. The post I quoted said NOT proud.

;-)


27 posted on 10/31/2011 10:37:39 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: SeekAndFind
I the nineties I was listening to Him. He that night declared the knots in the net of the apostles had something to with theology. I was totally floored after that remark. I believe he is addicted to prescribed medicine. I once had a an unbelievable pain in the ear. The doctor gave me a Demerol derivative. Boy did that did a number on my perception of reality.

Just was crazy.

Imho there is a doctor who over prescribes meds behind his faults of judgement. We should just pray for him. Just look at the pictures. He looks like a drugged up person.

28 posted on 10/31/2011 11:25:06 AM PDT by johngrace (1 John 4!- declared at every Sunday Mass.)
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To: Hodar

You know, maybe he’s just a nut.


29 posted on 10/31/2011 3:20:50 PM PDT by driftless2
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