Harold Camping & False Prophets

Al Mohler has a great article on the recent Harold Camping debacle. Here’s an excerpt:

May 21 was not his first failed prophecy. In 1992, he started predicting the end of the world in 1994. When that year passed, Camping just declared that he had misunderstood the hidden code within the Bible. Seventeen years later, he is wrong again.

But Mr. Camping is not merely wrong on this rather embarrassing matter. More importantly, he has called for Christians to leave their churches, claiming to have found in the Bible the announcement that the age of the church has passed. Since the church no longer exists, he has taught, Christians should leave the so-called churches and merely associate for fellowship. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, commanded by the Lord to be practiced until he comes, are no more, Camping has taught.

Along the way, Camping has also denied the biblical doctrine of hell. More recently, he has declared the end of evangelism, telling listeners to his program that his concern now is for “true believers” in preparation for the October 21 arrival of Judgment Day.

Harold Camping has refused all correction and all efforts to persuade him to cease his false teachings. He left a major denomination and cast out on his own. He has received delegations of concerned theologians and major Christian leaders, but he has resisted all efforts and repudiated accountability to the church.

He is the classic example of a false teacher and a false prophet, about which the Bible has so much to say. And yet, some Christians have suggested that his errors should go uncorrected and his false teachings should be tolerated, just because he is an old man.

Mr. Camping will be 90 years old on July 19, but his false teachings are not a factor of old age. He began these teachings long ago. Furthermore, he bears all the signs of a false prophet. He claims to have a secret knowledge revealed only to him by God. He claims to have found a hidden code in the Bible. He rejects what he calls “literalism” and claims the right to a “spiritual” interpretation of the biblical text. He has rejected all correction from the believing church and persists in his false teachings. He has led thousands astray from the truth and has brought reproach upon the Body of Christ. He refuses even to concede that his prophecy was false. He and he alone is right.

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June 01 2011 09:59 am | Blog

2 Responses to “Harold Camping & False Prophets”

  1. Dad on 01 Jun 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    Thanks Andrew:

    Great critique regarding the tragic mess a false teacher leaves in their path.

  2. LAStreetPreacher on 19 Jun 2015 at 1:30 pm #

    Al Mohler like John Macarthur and others of their ilk do err exceedingly in many ways so don’t think they too are not without their false teachings. Even R. C. Sproul has admitted over the years there is much heresy among evangelicals and pastors from mega-churches.

    Harold Camping wasn’t dogmatic about 1994 but was about May 21, 2011. He should not have said the Bible guarantees it. His background which included engineering which showed a propensity and strength in numbers went too far in his numerology and date setting even though much of his reasoning was Biblical.

    I knew Mr. Camping personally and I’ve put up a video on my thoughts about Family Radio’s Bible Ministry YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASlydb-BqFM

    You must be careful in your criticism of his “literal” versus “spiritual” interpretation because many of those with Premil dispensational theology do err in their understanding of the book of Revelation taking many passages literally when they should be understood as symbolic and figurative even as the beginning of John’s book reveals “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John.” Rev. 1:1