UPDATE!!! Harold Camping Says Christ Is Returning on May 21st, 2011 (He’s Nuts)March 24, 2011
UPDATE!!! Well we’re all still here. The end of the world is appealing because we all yearn for perfect justice and to finally see our risen Lord as he is. But Biblically speaking, we aren’t supposed to know the DATE! That’s why those fools are now recorded in the news as being “surprised” that it didn’t happen.
What we need to do now is:
1. have this be another reminder, out of the million times this has happened in the past, that we shouldn’t date set!
2. We need to pray for the fools to repent and not think that Christ has abandoned them, but realize that they were sinning in trying to date set (since Mat 24 says no one knows, not even the Son). Those that are truly saved should still anticipate Christ’s return, but not date set!
3. We need to focus on the gospel. That’s the purpose of this blog. So many idols exist in the church today, rather than Christ and his message of hope. We need to emphasize the gospel more than TAG and more than the return of Christ. We need to emphasize Christ more than we emphasize implications of Christ, otherwise that reveals our idols.
4. All those Camping followers need to go back to their jobs, or get re-hired after foolishly quiting, and do what God has called them to do. They need to learn how to anticipate Christ’s return, but also do the work of an ambassador for Christ while they’re still here, not just whine about how bad the world is and date-set.
5. All of Camping’s followers, and all true believers who are zealous for the return of Christ (as we should all be in a way) need to deliberately remind themselves that no only is the world evil “out there”, but is also evil “in here”. We are all evil in our own ways, we all still sin, and perfection wont come until Christ returns. Christ hasn’t taken us out of the world yet for a reason. He wants us to share his gospel in the world while we’re still here. Believers need to be reminded of it daily too so that we can live as though we’re changed by it in this world. Christ has not chosen to take us out of the world. Stop trying to make him take us out before he says it’s time. He doesn’t want you out yet! You’re here for a reason until you die and God can use you while your still here for his purposes.
I remember when I was driving in my car in Seattle, listening to Family Radio, and for the first time heard this old guy taking calls from listeners. From what I heard he gave pretty sound Biblical answers. Then all of a sudden my smile turned into a frown as he began telling this sweet old lady about how Jesus is returning on May 21st, 2011 and that all “Biblical signs” point to this.
There’s nothing Biblically wrong with believing Jesus is returning, but there is something Biblically wrong with thinking you know exactly when he’s returning. As soon as he started talking about how he knows the exact day of Christ’s return, it sent up huge red flags for me. Then a couple years later I came across a radio debate that he and James R. White did. It all the more made me realize how off he really is. The debate can be found here. I recommend listening to all 5 mp3’s of the debate. Day 3 is really good because White takes calls from Camping’s followers.
Here are some quick reasons why he is deluded:
1. Scripture says it is not for us to know the day or hour of the return. Yet, we must be like the apostles and believe in an eminent return – a return which would occur at anytime.
2. Camping’s Biblical hermeneutic is extremely inconsistent, thus his conclusions are extreme. He interprets certain parts of the Bible as overtly “spiritual”, and other parts literally, ignoring context, consistency, the author’s intent, and the understanding of the original audience, when deciding which should be the case.
3. Harold Camping makes himself out to be a modern day prophet whereby we must all look to him to know what the true interpretation of Scripture is. This is no different than what Joseph Smith and many other occultists have done in the past. It assumes that no one has been able to interpret Scripture accurately for 2,000 years until he finally came along.
4. Because of Camping’s abuse of Scripture, it lends itself to him also drifting away from orthodoxy, such as with the Trinity. Camping is basically a Modalist and says Jesus, the Father, and the Spirit are all one person. Actually, to an extent I agree with this because I hate tri-theism just as much as I hate Modalism, yet I also acknowledge that the 3 persons of the Trinity are fully distinct as well.
5. Camping takes more of his time to talk about the return of Christ then the gospel of Christ. Anytime a Christian talks more about a specific doctrine of Christ, apart from the focus being Christ himself, then you can know where their idol rests.
I hope this helps and gives some basic awareness of Harold Camping. If Christ doesn’t return on May 21st, then many of his followers will be disappointed and think there’s something wrong with the Bible, and walk away from Christianity. Hopefully they will realize they need to put their hope in Christ, not Camping, and will begin to study the Bible for all it’s worth.