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Recovering from a stroke, Harold Camping boldly declared in a radio broadcast that the end might come Oct. 21, 2011. Maybe. Possibly definitely. Might be like the “tremendous event that occurred on May 21 of this year.” You can hear his message here.
Translation of Camping’s message: “I don’t know what the heck I’m talking about. I think it will end this way. Who knows? But you better believe me!”
I took this photo in Carson City in June. The billboard is still up. Either the advertiser (presumably a devotee of Harold Camping’s teachings) paid for extra months, or else the billboard company doesn’t plan to change it until it has a new advertiser (that sometimes happens). Whatever the case, its presence is a stark reminder of Camping’s irrelevance: regardless that he claims the May 21 Judgment Day was “spiritual,” the rapture did not occur (he also predicted that)… and no one cares. This episode may well go down in textbooks as a case study in effective marketing: put up enough signs, and, no matter how small your following, or how pathetic your message, people will notice.
What they noticed was a cruel joke.
Some time ago, Camping suffered a stroke, so his continued participation in this fiasco is probably limited. Given that no one else knew about Judgment Day (not even Camping himself! — apparently), I doubt that anyone cares about his concomitant Oct. 21 prediction. That’s when the world is supposed to absolutely come to an end. I don’t like hitting a guy when he’s down, so I’ll save my criticism for Family Radio’s board of directors. They need to do some serious housecleaning:
1. They ought to repent of their folly.
2. They ought to expand the number of directors on their board (strangely, Harold offered a warning about this), and bring in faithful Christians to salvage this ministry.
It’s not that the ministry is particularly important, but their holdings are extensie: Family Radio owns numerous stations, reaching deeply across the nation. It is such a shame to see such resources squandered for the eccentricities of one man.
The Christian Post and other media outlets are reporting that Harold Camping lately suffered a stroke, and that his speech is affected. See story here. At 89, Camping won’t live long — actually, he believes he won’t see Oct. 22, 2011 on Earth; one wonders what his followers till do when the man passes or is unable to minister. Before Camping explained “what happened” days after May 21, followers were at a loss to say why the rapture did not occur. How they will explain future disappointments remains unclear.
An employee of Family Radio described Harold Camping’s first Open Forum broadcast since May 21 as indecent. “I thought he would show some more human decency in admitting he made a mistake,” said Josh Ocasion. “We didn’t really see that” (source). Increasingly, employees are voicing dissent, but staffers have no authority to set policy. Family Radio is governed by a board of directors, consisting of a few members.
The board does not appear capable of guiding the ministry.
According to NPR, one member struggled to know what to do after the May 21 Rapture passed uneventfully. “I don’t know where we went wrong other than that we obviously don’t understand the Scriptures in the way that we should,” said board member Tom Evans.
On Monday, during an Open Forum broadcast, Camping told the world what went wrong: nothing, apparently, he just needed to look at things spiritually. “It was just spiritual,” Camping explained. He did not explain what “spiritual” meant, except to say that something happened.
According to two anonymous statements published at IBTimes.com, Camping is “delusional,” and employees are waiting for “the true gospel [to be] restored to Family Radio.” A few say they will quit if things deteriorate further — “and believe me, they can,” said one employee.
Family Radio is a non-profit corporation, governed by a board of directors; however, it is not clear who serves on the board. No information is posted at FamilyRadio.com. According to an Open Forum broadcast, the size of the board is set to the minimum number of members allowed by corporate law — “so that we were of one mind to begin with,” stated Camping (listen to recent, but undated recording: external link).
“But I admit that there is an enormous danger in this,” Camping stated, “because suppose that one of the orignal board members or someone who came in later on… suppose he was really off completely, of an independent spirit, and would begin to corrupt Family Radio or use it for his own advancement of some kind. Then, he could really make a shambles of Family Radio.”
He claimed in this broadcast that Family Radio found the “right people” and that God has kept them on the “straight and narrow.”
It may well be time for the board of directors to question Camping’s authority, for it appears some of his prophecies are being fulfilled.
Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us. But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also. Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that he made to us — eternal life. — 1 John 2:18-25, ESV
God bless the reporters from the Christian Times (or Post), whoever they are, for asking hard-hitting questions at Harold Camping’s first Open Forum broadcast since the non-Rapture of May 21, 2011. But none of that really matters. Fact: Camping left the church in 1988 — he did not merely leave a church fellowship, but the Church itself. Since that time he has actively condemned God’s people:
The language of [1 Thess. 5:3] describes perfectly all of those in the world who on May 21, 2011 are still following any church. Because churches teach many things that are not true to the Bible, including a plan of salvation that is contrary to the Bible, and the Holy Spirit has abandoned all churches, those still following any church on May 21, 2011 are not saved (source — emphasis mine).
The apostle John warned about such people in his first letter (quoted above). He left the church, and now condemns it.
By leaving the church, I do not mean his departure from the Christian Reformed Church in 1988 (source); rather, he departed fellowship. His attacks, his accusations, his damnations are not so much against the Church, but Christ. Truly, to say that the Holy Spirit left the church is a vile, wretched thing — it is to dictate to God how God reigns over his people. The apostle John warned about those who would attack the church; he warned us about those who would deny the power of Christ in the world — and the power of Christ in this world is His shed blood.
During his “Open Forum” broadcast, Camping appeared to be saying that now that the world has been judged, no one can be saved. That’s tantamount to an outright denial of the blood of Christ, for no man can limit the saving grace of Christ’s shed blood.
Camping also stated that few, “if any,” people were saved in a 23-year period, beginning May 21, 1988, “Several years ago we had learned that the silence in Heaven for about half an hour referred to the 2,300 days that were the first part of the 23-year (exactly 8,400 days) Great Tribulation period. This period began on May 21, 1988. It was during this 2,300-day period that, both in the churches and throughout the world, very few, if any, were saved. Revelation 8:1 reports that there was silence in Heaven. This would have been the situation beginning on May 21, 1988, because joy in Heaven occurs as sinners repent. In Luke 15:4-32 the Bible reports this joy in Heaven, a joy that was not in silence” (download PDF source file nmndh).
Camping explicitly states that the Blood of Christ saved few, “if any,” people during this period. This claim is ten times more egregious than any date Camping might set for the Rapture.
This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree. If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son. Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. — 1 John 5:6-12, ESV
Camping is not just a bad teacher, he’s a heretic, an antichrist.
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error. — 1 John 4:1-6, ESV
Closing the door on Harold Camping:
Note: This blog entry was written while Camping was speaking. I’m not offering analysis of what he said (it’s total nonsense), but to underscore the principle issue, that Camping denigrates Christ. If you’d like to read about what Camping said, visit Huffington Post, which posted a live blog (see here). The Christian Post has a good write-up too (see here).
Also, Camping did not seem so certain on May 22 –
For the Record:
Camping stated during the “Open Forum” broadcast, “If people want me to apologize, I will apologize… I did not have all that worked out as accurately as I should have had it. That doesn’t bother me at all.”
What didn’t work out?
First, “infallible proof” –
“On May 21, 2011, the date of the Rapture, each and every saved person goes to Heaven because his salvation is altogether completed. The number 17 fits perfectly because it signifies Heaven when it has spiritual meaning… Indeed, in the face of all of this incredible information, how can anyone dare to dispute with the Bible concerning the absolute truth that the beginning of the Day of Judgment together with the Rapture will occur on May 21, 2011.”
Source: ANOTHER INFALLIBLE PROOF — download it proof
Second, “facts” –
“On May 21, 2011 two events will occur… A great earthquake will occur the Bible describes it as ‘such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.’ This earthquake will be so powerful it will throw open all graves. The remains of the all the believers who have ever lived will be instantly transformed into glorified spiritual bodies to be forever with God… On the other hand the bodies of all unsaved people will be thrown out upon the ground to be shamed… Each day people will die until October 21, 2011 when God will completely destroy this earth and its surviving inhabitants.”
“What if May 21 ends and nothing occurs? The Biblical evidence is too overwhelming and specific to be wrong. Christ’s people can look with great confidence to this date because God promises His ‘beloved’ He will not come upon them as a thief in the night.”
Third, “knowing” the hour –
“A knowledge of the actual time of the Rapture and an understanding of Judgment Day is of enormous significance. God warns in 1 Thessalonians 5:2-3 of the Day of Judgment coming to destroy those who deny that near the end of the world the true believers will know the time (the hour) of Christ’s coming to bring to Heaven (to rapture) the true believers and to begin the Day of Judgment (the day).”
Source: NO MAN KNOWS THE DAY OR THE HOUR? — download PDF source file nmndh
Camping apologizes because it did not work out “as accurately as I should have had it”?
Is he mad? Has he entirely lost his sanity? On the one hand, he says it didn’t occur “as accurately as I should have had it” — notice, the language: it’s as if he makes it occur — then, on the other hand, he says, “It is true, there was judgment in a terrible way and there was salvation in a wonderful way. The salvation came because in the previous 2,300 days… virtually no one could be saved in the entire world. We didn’t even know how bad it was. Family Radio was broadcasting in those days and we had no idea what was really going.”
Now, he claims people need to look at the “events” of May 21, 2011, in a “spiritual” way. What does that mean? What happened? What judgment? What salvation? Truly, this is nonsense.
Family Radio Board of Directors complicit; should act
Tom Evans, a member of Family Radio’s board of directors, publicly stated, “I don’t know where we went wrong other than that we obviously don’t understand the Scriptures in the way that we should” (source). Earlier he stated that Camping owed listeners an apology (source).
It’s obvious that Camping is lying. The board should fire Camping, not rally around him. I’m somewhat convinced that Camping has apostatized, so I do not make any appeal directly to him. But, if the board is leery, if the board questions Camping in an serious matter, they are morally obligated to exercise judgment — unless, however, Camping does all their “thinking” for them.
Note: Huffington Post provided a live blog of Camping’s Open Forum broadcast here.
More on his radio broadcast later, but for the record, here is what Family Radio posted before May 21; read below or see source:
FACTS about May 21, 2011
AT THIS TIME IN HISTORY THERE IS NO VALID, BIBLICAL EVIDENCE OR AUTHORITY WHICH INDICATES THAT WE CANNOT KNOW THE PRECISE DAY OF JUDGMENT. THE GREAT AMOUNT OF BIBLICAL SIGNS AND PROOFS ABSOLUTELY GUARANTEE THAT JUDGMENT DAY WILL BEGIN ON MAY 21st THIS YEAR.
Who or What is Family Radio?
Family Stations, Inc. is a non-profit, non-commercial, Christian radio network. It was established in 1958 with one FM station in the San Francisco bay area. Mr. Camping along with two other Christian men purchased KEAR with the sole intent of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Today there are sixty-six owned and operated radio stations throughout the U.S.
Along with these domestic stations Family Stations also broadcasts its programming from numerous international broadcast facilities throughout the world.
Who is Harold Camping?
Harold Camping is the President and General Manager of Family Stations, Inc. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 1942 with a degree in civil engineering. Mr. Camping has been a full-time volunteer since Family Radio’s infancy and has never received compensation for his service.
What Qualifies Mr. Camping to make the pronouncement of May 21, 2011?
Mr. Camping has been a tireless student of the Bible for over five decades. The tens of thousands of hours he has spent analyzing the Bible has given him a unique perspective of the entirety of Scripture. He has dedicated his life to prepare himself to answer questions raised concerning God’s Word to man.
What is the Open Forum program?
What began approximately fifty years ago as simply an informational program for local bay area listeners, blossomed into what is known today as the Open Forum.
The Open Forum program airs Monday through Friday evenings by radio, shortwave, and the Internet. It is an anonymous call-in program designed to allow anyone to ask any question related to the Bible.
How can Family Radio be so bold as to declare a date for Christ’s return?
Given the overwhelming biblical evidence, the Family Stations, Inc. Board of Directors made a determination to dedicate all available resources to proclaim the warning of May 21, 2011. God has prepared Family Radio for this important time in history. Given the population of the world, radio and the internet are the perfect vehicles to deliver this warning.
What proof is there for the date of May 21, 2011?
The date May 21, 2011 was derived solely from evidence found in the Bible. Mr. Camping saw God had placed, in Scripture, many important signs and proofs. These proofs alert believers that May 21st of 2011 is the date Christ will return for His people and begin a period of the final destruction of the world.
What signs precede the Day of Judgment?
Jesus warned of several spiritual signs, such as the complete degradation of the Christian church, the devastating moral breakdown of society, the re-establishment of National Israel in1948, the emergence of the ‘Gay Pride Movement’, and the complete disregard of the Bible in all of society today as direct evidence of His return.
What is the Timeline of History?
The timeline of history is God’s predetermined timetable for the unfolding of God’s Gospel program for this world. In other words the length of time between the day God created this world in 11,013 B.C. and the day he will destroy it in October 21, 2011.
The discovery of this information built the foundation for what God would later reveal from the Bible as the date for the end.
Judgment Day on May 21, 2011 is the culmination of five decades of intensive biblical study by Mr. Camping and other bible teachers who have discovered the same biblical data.
What do past Biblical events have to do with today?
The precision with which God marked time in the past shows how precisely He keeps time and orders all the events of man.
God uses such phrases in the Bible as “in the fullness of time”, or “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”
God declares in the Bible that “He hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation”
Just as all Biblical events took place exactly as God determined, so too will all future events take place as He has planned.
God knew before He created this world the exact day He would destroy it, the question is whether God reveals His plan to others.
Does God reveal his plan?
Yes! All true believers throughout the world are part of Christ’s family and therefore they not only belong to Jesus Christ, but they are one with Him as well.
Jesus calls His people His “friends” and “His beloved”
Jesus tells His “beloved” what He and His Father will do before They do it. Only, true believers are given spiritual eyesight to see and understand that they may be ready and prepared for the day of Christ’s return.
All those who are not “born again” do not possess the spiritual eyesight to see this evidence. Sadly, Christ will come upon them as a “thief in the night”.
Jesus speaks to his people through the pages of His word, the Bible.
His Spirit guides them “into all truth.”
“Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.”
God is the guardian of His secrets contained in the Bible and only He determines when or if His secrets are revealed. The Holy Spirit reveals to Christ’s people the information needful for them not only to be ready, but also to warn the world, Christ is returning.
Armed with the vital information needed to know the day of Christ’s return all true believers, as servants of God, are commanded to declare what Christ’s Spirit has revealed. They must “blow the trumpet” and warn the world, Judgment is coming.
Can all of mankind understand that Judgment Day is coming?
Just as wise men of old sought to see the young Jesus, so too will the wise of today seek Christ before the end. “a wise man’s heart (one who is born again) discerneth both time and judgment.”
God promises His people they will be like Noah who was aware and ready for the day when the floodwaters of destruction came upon this earth.
What will take place on May 21?
On May 21, 2011 two events will occur. These events could not be more opposite in nature, the one more wonderful than can be imagined; the other more horrific than can be imagined.
A great earthquake will occur the Bible describes it as “such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.” This earthquake will be so powerful it will throw open all graves. The remains of the all the believers who have ever lived will be instantly transformed into glorified spiritual bodies to be forever with God.
On the other hand the bodies of all unsaved people will be thrown out upon the ground to be shamed.
The inhabitants who survive this terrible earthquake will exist in a world of horror and chaos beyond description. Each day people will die until October 21, 2011 when God will completely destroy this earth and its surviving inhabitants.
What is Family Radio specifically doing to warn the World?
Family Stations, Inc. broadcasts internationally in more than sixty-one different languages. Its programming can also be seen and heard worldwide on the Internet. Numerous billboards have been placed throughout the world warning of Judgment Day. While teams of volunteers carry literature concerning May 21 to many foreign countries. On top of this teams of RV caravans have been sent throughout the US to deliver this great message.
Why RV Caravans?
In September of 2010 Family Radio developed a plan to send out teams of caravans consisting of recreational vehicles. The caravans travel into towns and cities across the United States warning of Judgment Day, May 21, 2011. Each member of the caravan project is a volunteer, who has dedicated his or her life to warn the people of the U.S. and boldly proclaim this very important message.
Is Family Radio the only group declaring this message?
No! There are many other groups and individuals, sending out the warning of May 21, 2011. A growing groundswell of individuals and groups have become convicted of this message on each continent and are working hard to warn their neighbors, cities and countries.
Billboards have proven to be very effective. They are being placed in many U.S., Canadian and foreign cities, not only by Family Radio, but other organizations and individuals as well. Presently there are over 2000 billboards, posters, and bus posters throughout the world, with many going up weekly. The billboard messages are simple, and designed to clearly communicate the same message, Judgment Day May 21, 2011.
What are the listeners of Family Radio doing to prepare for that day?
Jesus gave explicit commands to His people as to how they are to behave until he returns. Jesus said “Go ye and teach all nations…” He also said to “occupy until I come.” Believers who believe Christ will return on May 21 are commanded to warn the world and encourage concerned people to pray for God’s mercy.
Will there be some sort of “gathering” before May 21, 2011?
No. This message is proclaimed to individuals not to specific groups, religions or nations. Family Radio is not a church or religion.
Each person must be “born again” in order to be ready for Christ’s return and be ready to be “caught up” wherever they live in this world.
Jesus said in Matthew 24:40-41 “Then shall two be in the field: the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left”
What if May 21 ends and nothing occurs?
The Biblical evidence is too overwhelming and specific to be wrong. Christ’s people can look with great confidence to this date because God promises His “beloved” He will not come upon them as a thief in the night.
God in His mercy has revealed the vital information needed to know the day. Judgment Day on May 21, 2011 will occur because the bible declares it. Anyone whom God has not saved will arrive at that day with no hope for salvation. God warns simply the “door will be shut.”
What should a person do when he or she hears this message?
Cry out to God for mercy and fully recognize you are a sinner. One must approach God with a broken and contrite attitude, because after all every human being, without exception, is guilty before God.
Only God decides whom He will save and it is only Christ’s ‘gift’ of salvation that can save one from destruction and the terrible events coming upon this world on May 21, 2011.
What do we say to all those who say Jesus will come as a thief in the night?
The Bible speaks of two kinds of people in the world. Those within God’s kingdom he calls his “beloved.” The other, much larger portion of the human race, God describes as those “without” or outside the kingdom of God.
Those “without” will say at the end of time “Peace and safety” These people will mistakenly believe all is well. But God warns, “then sudden destruction cometh upon them…”
The fact so many church leaders are insisting Christ will come as a “thief in the night” (that is, no one can know the day or the hour) is another very important Biblical ‘sign’ Christ’s return is very close. Far too many people mistakenly presume they are at “Peace” with God and therefore in “safety.”
Sadly, many assume no human being can know, because they mistakenly believe even Jesus himself does not know the day or hour of His own return.
The belief Christ will come “as a thief in the night” for everyone, including Christ’s people, is the foundational basis for which most Christians, including church leaders and pastors reject May 21, 2011.
However, God has written in His Word he will tell his people exactly what he plans before he brings it to pass:
“Surely the LORD GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”
God’s “beloved” people are not in darkness that that day would come upon them as a thief in the night. God graciously has written in I Thessalonians 5 verse 4
“But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.”
What about all those in the past who predicted Jesus would come in their day?
Many religious groups and individuals throughout history have predicted Jesus’ return, but they were always wrong. No theologian, no matter how learned or intelligent, could know the day because God had not revealed it. The scriptural evidence needed to know the exact day could not be known before 1988, the year the ‘Church age’ ended. The Bible indicates prior to this year that date could not be known.
Many Church leaders of the past looked at political as well as natural events to prove their predictions and they were repeatedly wrong.
God is the guardian of His secrets. The words needed to know the time of the end “are closed up and sealed till the time of the end”
Only Christ Jesus, the “Lamb,” is able to unseal the Bible, and reveal what is needful to know the day and the hour of His return.
Didn’t Harold Camping say that the world would end in 1994?
In 1992 Mr. Camping wrote a book entitled 1994? In that book Mr. Camping highlighted the abundant evidence pointing to 1994 as a probable year of Christ’s return. Given the abundance of information pointing 1994 and the urgency of time, the book 1994? was written. Mr. Camping felt as a teacher, he must share the Biblical information he had found and warn the world.
Important subsequent biblical information was not yet known, so this book was incomplete. Mr. Camping warned there may be something he overlooked therefore the question mark was prominently placed on the title.
Mr. Camping wrote on pages 494 and 495 of the book 1994? he believed 2011 was the most probable year of Christ’s second coming. Given the fact 2011 is the 7000 year anniversary of the flood, but he misunderstood Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 24 verse 22 “except those days should be shortened”
At the time Mr. Camping concluded the period of “great tribulation” would be shortened from twenty three years, as the Bible teaches, to 2300 evening mornings or six and one third years. .
Mr. Camping wrote in 1994?:
“God appears to be declaring that this final tribulation period should be a certain length of time. If it were that length of time, it seems it would fit perfectly with God’s plan of 7000 years. Judgment Day would be 2011 A.D.
But for the sake of the elect those day will be shortened.”
Why is there no question now?
In the nineteen years since 1994? Was written the biblical evidence for 2011 has greatly solidified. Today there is no longer any question, May 21, 2011 is the day in which Jesus Christ will return.
What do you say to those who insist we cannot know the precise date of Judgment Day?
For one to object to May 21st, 2011 one must have BIBLICAL AUTHORITY to do so. Objections cannot be based upon consensus, traditions or fear. God has given far too many biblical proofs for anyone to disregard May 21 simply because he or she does not like it.
The Bible has led us to May 21, 2011
This date is not the product of the mind of one man or a group of men.
It is the culmination of study of the entire Bible, both the Old and New Testaments.
Every word written in the original Biblical “autographs” were dictated by God, therefore all words, numbers and sentences in these original writings are to be trusted as coming from God.
The fact that this date is the result of the synthesis of all of Scripture causes May 21st, 2011 to take on very sobering factuality. It is no longer opinion, but a matter of fact.
May 21, 2011 is God’s date. All other predictions are man’s attempt to predict the end. So it becomes a matter of eternal life, or eternal death. One can no longer presume May 21st of this year will be just another normal day.
Each person must come to entrust their lives to what God has written in His Word the Bible and plead to Him for mercy. Otherwise God will come upon them with unmerciful vengeance on May 21, 2011.
Update, May 23, 5:38 p.m. — Harold Camping speaking on non-Rapture right now, visit FamilyRadio.com for netcast.
The real villain Family Radio may be the board of directors, which seems incapable of leadership. Two days after the “non-Rapture,” the board has yet to release an official statement. Board member Tom Evans personally admits the ministry failed its listeners, but the full board has not issued a statement. Evans’ own misgivings are revealing. “I don’t know where we went wrong other than that we obviously don’t understand the Scriptures in the way that we should,” he told NPR (source). One wonders why they ever approved the Judgment Day prediction in the first place.
The board owes listeners an apology. Together, they are culpable. Prior to the non-Rapture, the board expressed complete confidence with Camping’s interpretation of scripture:
Given the overwhelming biblical evidence, the Family Stations, Inc. Board of Directors made a determination to dedicate all available resources to proclaim the warning of May 21, 2011. God has prepared Family Radio for this important time in history. Given the population of the world, radio and the internet are the perfect vehicles to deliver this warning (source).
If the board had acted otherwise, Camping never would have persuaded so many people to believe his prediction. With over 60 stations, Family Radio’s reach is extraordinary. It’s quite a shame that the board of directors is so willing to sacrifice it all.
Equally disturbing are the numbers of employees at Family Radio who assisted Camping in deluding many with his prediction. More disturbing is the fact that so many disagreed with him. Perhaps if they had taken a stand, they may have been able to alter the course of history.
Related story: Harold Camping to Speak on Failed Rapture Prediction